NVQ Level 2 in Insulation and Building Treatments – Cold/Warm Roof Insulation

DMR Training is an approved assessment centre for NVQ Level 2 Diploma & Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments – Cold/Warm Roof Insulation. We aim to help you gain your loft insulation NVQ as quickly and conveniently as possible.


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Who should take NVQ Level 2 in Cold/Warm Roof Insulation?

The NVQ Level 2 in Insulation and Building Treatments – Cold/Warm Roof Insulation course is for experienced roof and loft insulation installers who meet the recognised occupational standards. The qualification is a validation of your skills and experience.

This NVQ is designed for all cold and warm roof insulation installers who work in one or a combination of the following environments:

  • Retrofitting loft insulation to domestic properties
  • Installing roof insulation to properties on new build sites
  • Applying spray foam insulation to roofs of large commercial properties

Please refer to the ‘Entry Requirements’ and ‘Assessment Process’ sections for examples of job tasks that are covered during the assessment process.

There are three pathways for this NVQ. They are:

  • NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Cold Roof Insulation
  • NVQ Level 2 Certificate Warm Roof Insulation
  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Cold/Warm Roof Insulation

Your previous experience and current job role will determine which pathway is suitable for you. If your current job role involves fitting both cold and warm insulation, and you have sufficient experience, we recommend taking NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Cold/Warm Roof Insulation.

The NVQ is designed for workers who install any type or brand of insulation to cold and warm roofs, including glass wool such as Knauf EarthWool, YBS SuperQuilt and spray foam.

We deliver the course through the Onsite Assessment and Training (OSAT) route which allows you to achieve your qualification through workplace assessment at your own speed.

On completion of the loft insulation NVQ, you will become eligible for a CSCS Skilled Worker card.

Entry Requirements

To undertake a Cold/Warm Roof Insulation NVQ, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of three years experience in cold and/or warm roof insulation
  • Must currently be working as a roof or loft insulation installer
  • Aged 19+

To ensure you meet the minimum entry requirements for this qualification, your NVQ assessor will carry out a pre-enrolment skills diagnostic in a number of the job tasks listed below. Your skills diagnostic is tailored to the NVQ pathway you choose – cold roof, warm roof, or cold and warm roof.

  • Loft and roof insulation pre-checks for ventilation issues and fire hazards such as spotlights or high voltage cables.
  • Establishing a safe working environment such as checking cracks or weak spots in ceilings.
  • Identifying floor joists and checking their depth.
  • Following the manufacturer’s guidelines and working to specification.
  • Measuring, cutting and installing single-layer and cross-layer insulation to joists in cold roofs and single-layer insulation to rafters in warm roofs.
  • Correct use of spray insulation gun and foam application
  • Installing blown-fibre insulation to cold roofs
  • Final checks to ensure insulation is properly butted and free from compression, and that ventilation points remain clear.

Assessment process

At the start of your NVQ in Insulation and Building Treatments – Cold/Warm Roof Insulation, we will assign you a loft insulation assessor who will work with you during the course as you build a portfolio of evidence.

Types of evidence may include:

  • An onsite observation while you work, carried out by your assessor. During the observation, your assessor’s role is to look for evidence of your competency and awareness of safe working practices. It is worth remembering that your assessor is there to gather evidence rather than judge your level of expertise.
  • Photographs or videos of you installing roof insulation and using proper PPE such as safety glasses or knee pads.
  • References, employer endorsements or witness testimonies verifying your work as a competent loft insulation installer.
  • Detailed job logs of work you have completed.
  • A recorded professional discussion with your assessor either face-to-face or over the telephone. For example, you may participate in a discussion about inspecting air bricks and eaves to demonstrate your knowledge of ventilation issues.
  • Coursework covering the β€˜theory’ of roof and loft insulation, and construction health and safety.

During your NVQ, your assessor will support you in gathering workbased evidence for a range of skills including pre-checks, working to specifications, preparing and installing insulation, and health and safety awareness.

Once your assessor is satisfied you have submitted sufficient evidence, our internal verification team will check your portfolio. They will then claim your NVQ certificate with City and Guilds.


Although loft insulation installers can take up to six months or more to achieve their NVQ, we find that most complete the qualification in two to three months.

Ultimately, the qualification will fit around your professional and personal commitments. Work towards it at a speed you feel comfortable.

Two construction workers fitting wool insulation to loft joists and rafters. One of the workers is undergoing an observation for his loft insulation NVQ

Costs & Funding

We currently have access to Low Carbon NVQ funding for loft insulation installers in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and the Sheffield City Region. Please contact us so we can check your eligibility for funding.

If you live or work outside these regions, 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 Cold/Warm Roof Insulation 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 a similar occupational area, NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) or NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision.

Getting Started

When you decide to proceed with your 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 City and Guilds 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 & Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments – Cold/Warm Roof Insulation

We deliver three pathways to the NVQ in Insulation and Building Treatments – Cold/Warm Roof Insulation.

NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Cold Roof Insulation (4 units)
NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Warm Roof Insulation (4 units)
NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Cold/Warm Roof Insulation (5 units)

Mandatory Units – Candidates must complete the mandatory units

  • 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


  • Installing insulation to cold roofs in the workplace (to achieve NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments – Cold Roof Insulation)
  • Installing insulation to warm roofs in the workplace (to achieve NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments – Warm Roof Insulation)

Candidates must take both the cold and warm roof specific units to achieve NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments – Cold/Warm Roof Insulation)

Additional Units – Candidates can elect to take additional units but they do not form part of the core qualification

  • Erecting and dismantling access/working platforms in the workplace
  • Applying finishing plaster to prepared surfaces in the workplace


DMR Training was formed in 2013 and has since grown into one of the country’s leading centres for Insulation and Building Treatments 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 roof insulation, please contact:

City & Guilds
5-6 Giltspur Street
London, UK

Tel: 0844 543 0033
Email: learnersupport@cityandguilds.com

There are several reasons you might take an NVQ, ranging from increased earning potential and career prospects, to gaining your CSCS card. See our short guide – Why Should You Do an NVQ?

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 loft insulation NVQ, your assessor will draw up an assessment plan tailored to your needs.

An NVQ is a workplace competency qualification. As a competent loft insulation installer, you will be expected to document your skills and experience through various types of β€˜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 Β£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 City and Guilds.

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 Β£36 fee.

Yes, if you need a CSCS card while you are doing your loft insulation 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.