DMR Training is an approved assessment centre for NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitted Interiors. We aim to help you gain your Fitted Interiors NVQ as quickly and conveniently as possible.
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Who should take NVQ Level 2 Fitted Interiors?
The NVQ Level 2 in Fitted Interiors course is for experienced kitchen, bathroom and furniture installers who meet the recognised occupational standards. The qualification validates your skills and experience.
The Fitted Interiors NVQ comes with five endorsements (occupational areas), and you will be assessed against one of these. They are:
- Kitchen Fitter
- Bathroom Fitter
- Educational Furniture Fitter (includes soft play areas, assault courses and children’s play centres).
- Furniture Installer (includes fixed seating in bars and nightclubs, office fit-outs and fitted wardrobes).
- Commercial Kitchen Equipment Fitter (includes fitting stainless steel units in industrial and commercial kitchens such as restaurants, hotels, fast food outlets and hospitals).
Although most candidates on the Fitted Interiors NVQ are assessed against the Kitchen Fitter endorsement, the qualification is suitable for workers in a wide range of interior installation roles.
Although this is not always the case, many fitted interiors operatives who take this NVQ come from a joinery background. We also find that candidates are usually employed by furniture and kitchen-fitting firms or sub-contract to retailers like B&Q or Wickes. However, this NVQ is also suitable for one-man bands.
We deliver NVQ Level 2 in Fitted Interiors through the Onsite Assessment and Training (OSAT) route. This assessment route enables you to work towards your NVQ at a speed you are comfortable with. It is a workplace and evidence-based qualification; classroom learning is rarely required. You will not need to take time off work to achieve this qualification, and travel is not required. Please refer to ‘Entry Requirements’ and ‘Assessment Process’ for examples of assessment criteria for the Fitted Interiors NVQ.
On achieving this NVQ, you will become eligible to apply for your CSCS Skilled Worker card (blue card).
To undertake a Fitted Interiors NVQ, you must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of three years experience in kitchen, bathroom or furniture installation (see the five endorsements).
- Must currently be working in the fitted interiors trade
- Aged 19+
Your NVQ assessor will carry out a pre-enrolment skills diagnostic in a number of the job requirements listed below to ensure you cover the range of work needed to complete the qualification. It is not an exhaustive list and is designed to illustrate some of the critical areas of experience required to complete the Fitted Interiors NVQ.
- Checking tools, keeping them clean and storing them properly.
- Pre-checks such as wiring and pipes.
- Maintaining a clean and safe work area.
- Using correct PPE (for example, wear eye protection and a respiratory mask when using a router).
- Working to a plan and documenting the work.
- Completing work in the allocated time.
- Understanding and following method statements and risk assessments.
- Safe use of power tools.
- Measuring and marking floors and walls.
- Setting up base units.
- Levelling up using a spirit or laser level and making adjustments where necessary.
- Cutting out openings for appliances such as sinks or hobs.
- Edging strips to fill gaps.
- Fitting work tops.
- Fitting storage units and cupboards (for example, vanity units in bathroom installation).
- Fitting desks and dividers in an office (for furniture installers).
- Arranging free-standing stainless steel units to walls and floor using pre-formed holes (for commercial kitchen installers).
We will assign you an experienced assessor at the start of your NVQ Level 2 in Fitted Interiors. Your assessor will support you throughout the qualification as you build your portfolio of work-based evidence. It is your assessor’s job to cross-reference your evidence against the units of the NVQ.
Types of evidence may include:
- An onsite observation while you work, carried out by your assessor in your workplace. An observation involves little more than your assessor watching you work. He may also ask questions about why you are carrying out a task in a particular way.
- Photographs or videos of you working. You will receive guidance from your assessor on the best way to capture photographic evidence.
- References, employer endorsements or witness testimonies verifying your work as an interior fitter. You can submit historical, recent or current references.
- Detailed job logs of work you have completed during your Fitted Interiors NVQ.
- A recorded professional discussion with your assessor either face-to-face or over the telephone (for example, you may engage in a recorded discussion with your assessor about plans and drawings you are working to, or the specifics of the installation).
- Coursework covering the ‘theory’ of fitted interiors, and construction health and safety. The coursework comes in the form of a simple job knowledge question pack. You can handwrite your answers, type them up on a computer or record them verbally.
Along with some of the skills listed in ‘Entry Requirements’, you will need to provide evidence of health and safety awareness and its application in a construction environment. This is especially important in a high-risk industry like construction. Health and safety awareness includes:
- Understanding rules and regulations to which you must adhere.
- Knowing how to report accidents, emergencies and spills correctly.
- Proper use of PPE such as boots, hi-vis, hard hats and other personal protection.
- Lifting, moving and handling heavy objects such as steel units or worktops.
Once your assessor is satisfied that you have submitted sufficient evidence, our internal verification team will check your portfolio. They will then claim your NVQ certificate with NOCN.
Although interior fitters can take up to six months or more to achieve their NVQ, 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 construction workers in Greater Manchester. Please contact us so we can check your eligibility for funding.
If you’re not eligible for government funding, 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 Fitted Interiors NVQ course, you can apply for your Skilled Worker card (AKA, the 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 2 or 3 in a similar occupational area such as joinery, NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision or NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision.
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 NOCN 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 Certificate in Fitted Interiors
Mandatory Units – Candidates must complete the four 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 Fitted Furniture in the Workplace
Additional Unit – Candidates can choose to take the following additional unit although it does not form part of the core qualification
- Installing Basic Plumbing in the Workplace
DMR Training was formed in 2013 and has since grown into one of the country’s leading centres for Fitted Interiors 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 fitted interiors, please contact:
NOCN Group Head Office
1 Concourse Way
Tel: 0300 999 1177
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 Fitted Interiors NVQ, your assessor will draw up an assessment plan tailored to your needs.
An NVQ is a workplace competency qualification. As a competent interior fitter, 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 NOCN.
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 fitted interiors 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.