At the end of 2012 City & Guilds phased out their Level 3 2356 NVQ in favour of the new 2357. The 2356 was the ideal accompaniment for electricians looking to gain fully qualified status with the JIB who had already completed their level 2 and 3 Tech Certs (Most commonly the City & Guilds 2330’s).
At the time it was expected that EAL would do exactly the same, however they extended their equivalent qualification until the end of this year. They do say time flies and it certainly has, we are now only 2 months from the final deadline for anyone looking to take the EAL NVQ. The EAL NVQ is only open to electricians and installers who have been working in the industry before 2011 or have already achieved their tech certs (There were a variety of these but mainly the 2330, 2365’s etc) and are aiming to also complete their AM2 qualifications.
Why not simply take the latest qualification?
The new set of quals contain extra units and it is actually advisable for those working in the industry to take the latest courses on offer as these will give you extra skills and knowledge. However many people who have been working in the industry for years may simply be able to complete the old style NVQ in a much shorter time and at a lower costs than trying to get the latest quals.
The breadth of work required for the new NVQ is much greater and as such you will need to spend more time gathering evidence, have more visits from an assessor and it is more likely that simulation will be required for candidates to complete the qualification.
For those who may not be clear on what an NVQ is it involves building a portfolio of your work to prove your competence on site. In many cases those who have been working in the industry for years are likely to have a bank of work they can use towards their NVQ and then simply fill in the gap with new installations. The length of time it takes to complete the NVQ will depend on the variety of jobs you are able to complete in your day to day work and as such it is possible to complete an NVQ in as little as a few months right up to 4 years.
When do I need to register?
If you are keen to register do not leave it to the last minute. You need to register now as the application process can take some time and realistically it is likely that there will be a backlog of applications as we approach the final deadline on the 31/12/2013.
What if I miss the deadline?
Don’t worry you will simply have to register for the new version. As stated above this will cover a greater range of work and probably be better for you in the long run. Do be prepared to maybe spend a little more than before and for the NVQ to take a little longer to complete.
We deliver our NVQ in partnership with JTL and they can deliver this to electricians all over the UK. If you need any more information please contact us on 01293 529777.