DMR Training is an approved assessment centre for NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Cladding Occupations. We aim to help you gain your cladding NVQ as quickly and conveniently as possible.
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Who should take the Cladding NVQ?
The NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Cladding Occupations course is for experienced cladders who meet the recognised occupational standards. The qualification validates the skills and experience you have already acquired in your career.
There are two pathways within the Cladding Occupations NVQ. They are:
- Pathway 1 – Roof Sheeting and Cladding
- Pathway 2 – Specialised Cladding and Rainscreen Systems
We deliver both NVQ pathways. If you are unsure which pathway is most appropriate for you, please contact us to speak to one of our NVQ assessors.
The Cladding NVQ is suitable for all experienced cladders (see Entry Requirements section for more information).
We deliver NVQ Level 2 in Cladding Occupations through the Onsite Assessment and Training (OSAT) route. This method of assessment allows you to work towards NVQ achievement at your own pace. It is a workplace and evidence-based qualification, and classroom learning is rarely required.
Once you achieve the Cladding NVQ, you will become eligible to apply for your CSCS card (Skilled Worker card – AKA ‘the blue card’).
To undertake a Cladding NVQ, you must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of three years’ experience in cladding (either roof sheeting and cladding or specialised cladding and rainscreen systems).
- Must currently be working as a cladder
- Aged 19+
To ensure you meet the minimum entry requirements, your NVQ assessor will carry out a pre-enrolment skills diagnostic to determine your level of experience. We’ve listed some of the skills below (this is an abbreviated list offering a few examples and is not exhaustive).
- Installing built-up wall and roof cladding systems.
- Installing composite cladding panels.
- Installing secret fix cladding systems.
- Installing rainscreen facades and specialised cladding systems.
- Fixing top hat and brace systems.
- Installing cladding insulation.
- Preparing surfaces for cladding.
- Working to plans and complying with risk assessments.
- Safely working at height and proper use of access equipment.
- Proper use of PPE.
After enrolling you on your NVQ Level 2 in Cladding Occupations, we will assign you an NVQ assessor who will work with you for the course duration as you build a portfolio of work-based evidence.
Types of evidence may include:
- An onsite observation where your assessor observes you working on a job.
- Photographs or videos of you working. Your assessor will provide guidance on the best way to capture photographic evidence.
- References, employer endorsements or witness testimonies verifying your work as a cladder.
- Detailed job logs of work you have completed during your Cladding NVQ.
- A recorded professional discussion with your assessor either face-to-face or over the telephone. For example, your assessor may initiate a professional discussion about an aspect of the job he was unable to witness you carrying out during the live observation.
- A Q&A pack covering the ‘theory’ of cladding, and construction health and safety.
Your assessor will support you throughout the qualification evidence and will cross-reference the evidence you submit against the individual NVQ units. Once he is satisfied that you have presented sufficient evidence, our internal verification team will check your portfolio and claim your NVQ certificate with Proqual (the awarding body).
Although cladders can take up to six months or more to achieve their NVQ Level 2, we find that most complete the qualification in 2 to 3 months.
Ultimately, the qualification will fit around your professional and personal commitments. Work towards it at a speed you feel comfortable.
Costs & Funding
We currently have access to NVQ funding for cladders in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Sheffield City Region (includes Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield). Please contact us so we can check your eligibility for funding.
If you live or work outside of the regions listed above, we offer affordable self-funded assessment payable in two parts – 50% upfront and 50% on completion.
Please contact us to discuss funding and costs.
On completion of your Cladding NVQ course, you can apply for your Skilled Worker card (blue card).
If you require a CSCS card while you are working towards your NVQ, you can apply for your temporary Experienced Worker card (red card).
All CSCS card applicants must first pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (HS&E test).
After achieving Level 2 and depending on your experience, you may have the option to advance to NVQ Level 3 in Cladding Occupations, NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) or NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision.
When you decide to proceed with your Cladding NVQ, we will carry out a quick skills diagnostic to confirm your suitability for the qualification and the onsite assessment route.
We will then enrol you on the qualification with Proqual and issue your welcome email. Your assessor will contact you for your introductory telephone conversation and put together your assessment action plan.
For an initial commitment-free consultation, please call us on 01942 673047 or send us your details and we will get back to you.
Qualification Requirements for NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Cladding Occupations
We deliver two pathways to the Cladding NVQ.
- NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Cladding Occupations – Roof Sheeting and Cladding (7 units)
- NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Cladding Occupations – Specialised Cladding and Rainscreen Systems (7 units)
Mandatory Units – Candidates must complete six mandatory units
Mandatory units for both pathways
- Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
- Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
- Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
Mandatory units for Roof Sheeting and Cladding pathway
- Preparing resources for roof sheeting and cladding in the workplace
- Installing roof sheeting and cladding systems in the workplace
- Installing roof sheeting and cladding rainwater goods in the workplace
Mandatory units for Specialised Cladding and Rainscreen Systems pathway
- Preparing backgrounds to receive wall cladding systems in the workplace
- Repairing wall cladding systems in the workplace
- Removing existing wall cladding systems in the workplace
Optional Units – Candidates must complete one optional unit
Optional unit group for Roof Sheeting and Cladding pathway
- Refurbishing roof sheeting and cladding in the workplace
- Repairing roof sheeting and cladding systems in the workplace
- Preparing and operating ergonomic manipulating machines to lift and transfer loads in the workplace
- Slinging and hand signalling the movement of suspended loads in the workplace
Optional unit group for Specialised Cladding and Rainscreen Systems pathway
- Installing rainscreen wall cladding systems in the workplace
- Installing specialised wall cladding and bespoke systems in the workplace
- Installing timber wall cladding systems in the workplace
DMR Training was formed in 2013 and has since grown into one of the country’s leading centres for cladding NVQ assessment. In that time, we have helped over 1000 construction workers gain their NVQ and CSCS card.
We are on the government’s Register of Training Organisations (ROTO), which means we can deliver funded assessment to eligible workers and employers.
If you would like to verify our status as a fully approved training and assessment centre for Cladding Occupations, please contact:
ProQual AB Limited
Unit 1, Innovation Drive
Tel: 01430 423822
Before starting your qualification, an assessor will be assigned to work with you and provide ongoing support.
DMR assessors are former construction workers with at least five years’ experience in NVQ assessment.
They hold an A1 or TAQA assessor’s qualification, a minimum of NVQ Level 2 in their occupational area and a blue or gold CSCS card.
We provide full training to all our assessors in supporting people with dyslexia or learning disabilities. If you need extra support and guidance with the written elements of your Cladding NVQ, your assessor will draw up an assessment plan tailored to your needs.
An NVQ is a workplace competency qualification. As a competent cladder, you will be expected to document your skills and experience through various types of ‘evidence’.
Your assessor will carry out at least one observation in your place of work. You will also complete coursework in your own time.
To achieve your qualification, you will not need to travel, there are no exams to sit, and you will not need to take time off work. Your assessor will provide support and guidance face-to-face, by phone and by email.
CITB-registered employers can claim a grant of £600 for every employee or contractor who completes an NVQ Level 2 to 7. You can find more information on the CITB website.
Government NVQ funding is available for construction workers who meet specific criteria. Please get in touch with us to find out if you are eligible for funding.
When you have completed your NVQ portfolio, our internal verification team will check it for compliance. They will then claim your certificate with Proqual.
Once we have received your certificate from the awarding body, we will forward it to you by recorded delivery. This process usually takes between two and four weeks.
To get your CSCS Skilled Worker card, you will also need to pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test at your local test centre.
You can apply for your card by visiting www.cscs.uk.com/applying-for-cards. You will need to upload a copy of your NVQ certificate and have a debit or credit card ready to pay the £36 fee.
Yes, if you need a CSCS card while you are doing your cladding qualification, you can apply for the Experienced Worker card. You can request this card as soon as we have enrolled you on the NVQ (you will also need to pass the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test).
To apply for the temporary card, we will email you your proof of enrolment which you must submit to CSCS.
You will then upgrade to the Skilled Worker card once you have finished the qualification.