National Vocational Qualification

Don't be put off by the NVQ's, Vally Plant Training's experienced assessors will guide you through the process and help relieve the stresses you may have about completing them

As an approved centre, Vally Plant Training are able to offer the S/NVQ qualification in Plant operations level 2, site supervisor level 3 and the management of lifting operations level 5.

Gaining the relevant NVQ/SVQ will allow you to progress through the CPCS and NPORS/CSCS scheme and change from a Red Trained Operator card to a Blue competent Operator card and this needs to be completed within 2 years after gaining the Red plant operator card.

The timescale required to complete the S/NVQ varies from 1 day to 10 weeks in which time you will have the time to gather the relevant evidence required to achieve the relevant S/NVQ.

The NVQ is a work based qualification which recognises the skills and knowledge a person needs to do a job. The candidate needs to demonstrate and prove their competency in their chosen role or career path.


OSAT - Workplace evidence is the primary source for meeting the requirements of assessment which must be produced through normal performance in the workplace, gained through experience and by using all of the following methods

  • Observation of performance by Vally Plant Training's assessor in your workplace
  • Witness testimony by an expert witness
  • Professional discussion with the assessor

All of these methods are mandated and are in addition to other forms of evidence. Any Submitted evidence must support skills,  knowledge and understanding is attained through performance in the workplace for at least a 6 month period.


Observation of the candidate’s performance using the machine in the workplace producing the outcome of work

Witness Statement

The witness must know the candidate and have full familiarity of the work or activity identified in the testimony, be in a supervisory or mentor position, and have a thorough understanding of the plant and application of work that the testimony relates to.

Professional Discussion

The Discussion will be conducted 1 to 1 with the assessor, the aim of the PD is for the candidate to demonstrate through explanation that they have the required capability against the relevant standards. This is conducted by the candidate explaining what they have undertaken in the workplace  - supported by the working methods that they carry out in the operation in the workplace.


If you pay into the CITB levy then you will be entitled to a grant towards the cost of the S/NVQ, upto £600.00 . Vally Plant Training do not offer any grants but will guide you to the CITB Levy site.

Cost of the S/NVQ

Please call a member of our team for an accurate quote.

Your red CPCS card can be extended for 1 year as long as you register for the NVQ, We will register you for a deposit of £180.00 with the remainder being paid before the site visit within the year extension. You will get your registration number to give to CPCS to enable this extension


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