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Topic Title: NVQ Level 3 - which provider?
Topic Summary: Quickstep or XS?
Created On: 21 January 2013 05:11 PM
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 21 January 2013 06:39 PM
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I thought registrations for nvq ended at 2012 but might be wrong on this.
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 21 January 2013 07:23 PM
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BB, missed the thread where you were persuaded to go for this. I am a NVQ assessor (amongst other low order things). my advice to you would be to go to a good centre and have a preliminary assessment with a tutor. If you are self-employed and not seeking labour only work with other electrical contractors then I don't think that the hassle would be worth it.

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 21 January 2013 09:12 PM
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Neither do I Lyle, Brucie is already way above that league.

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 21 January 2013 09:50 PM
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Brucie,

Not sure where the OP has gone

Get my details from Zs and give me a call.

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 22 January 2013 11:07 AM
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The NVQ3 has been extended for 30 days due to high demand, from what I hear.

Im not going to go in to great detail as we have covered this a million time, but given that work is hard to come by at present time, having a gold card gives you more opportunity of work. Nearly 99% of our work are CSCS sites, which if you are going to work as an electrician or wanting to work on electrical equipment requires a gold ECS card.

Now an NVQ3 (2356) costs about £500, where the new NVQ3(2357) is thousands and requires you to work for an electrical contractor and some previous qualifications are non transferable (from what JTL tell me). So this is why the mad rush.

Note the NVQ3 has been a requirement since 96.

 22 January 2013 11:35 AM
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http://www.jib.org.uk/handbook.aspx?cid=283#Managers


Have a look at this page and go down to the managers card section. It talks about an NVQ4 being required and at the moment there isn't an appropriate NVQ4.

But there is a level 4 C&G 2396.

I just gave them a call and the lady is sending me an upgrade application form which requires industry recommendations and proof of the level 4 C&G. Everything else is on file with them so they're not asking for the whole lot again. She seemed to think it was all ok and asked me for £36 and a photo. This is an extra card to the trainee one but it would cover managing a team of inspectors, but not cover physical installation work.

I'm not sure she even knew what 2396 is, so I think this route might be worth a try Brucie.

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 22 January 2013 11:54 AM
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Registration for N.V.Q's did not end in 2012.
 22 January 2013 12:46 PM
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Does that mean you will have an excellent reason to stand and watch Zs? If your only allowed to "manage"

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 22 January 2013 01:05 PM
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Yep. Much more betterer than my current card which has got something about making tea and sweeping up on it. Standing around is good. However, if all you need is to get onto a site then installer trainee card is the easy option with no NVQ3 required. I have only ever needed one twice. Both on JP's jobs.

Snow-day up the hill then Mart? I spent an hour just opening Myfanwy ( it's me van and it's wee) this morning, braced myself for driving out of my road, then got cancelled by the customer.

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 22 January 2013 01:07 PM
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Originally posted by: Zs

Yep. Much more betterer than my current card which has got something about making tea and sweeping up on it. Standing around is good. However, if all you need is to get onto a site then installer trainee card is the easy option with no NVQ3 required. I have only ever needed one twice. Both on JP's jobs.



Snow-day up the hill then Mart? I spent an hour just opening Myfanwy ( it's me van and it's wee) this morning, braced myself for driving out of my road, then got cancelled by the customer.



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Lol do you need a replacement afternoons work in hampstead?

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 22 January 2013 01:17 PM
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Zs

Yes its worth applying for the Managers Platinum card and I know they except the LCGI (Electrical Installation), which has the equivalence of an NVQ Level 4. It will also fast track you to MIET (be warned they dont give it away too easy tho, the JIB are quite strick because of this).And they dont do refunds

You are correct that because it's a Manager card you can supervise, but it doesn't cover you carrying out electrical works of any type. That's why I carry both as I've been stopped before. It suggests this on the ECS web site.

Everyone else (not you ZS, we have spoken previously about this)

If an NVQ3, gets you a Gold card for the current cost of £500, go for it. It's the last chance before they close the doors, where from the end of this month, it will cost you thousands. It opens doors, thats all I'll say

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 23 January 2013 07:15 PM
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It opens doors, thats all I'll say


LoL - if you know how to do it, a Tesco Clubcard can open doors

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 23 January 2013 07:45 PM
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Haha, very good

Some might say a Tesco club card holds more value
 24 January 2013 09:30 AM
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Depends on how much you spend, Jobbo -

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