SQA National Qualification

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 in construction.

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. You must register to sit the S/NVQ for categories of plant on your red 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 . Vally Plant Training do not offer any grants but will guide you to the CITB Levy site.

Cost of the S/NVQ

As long as your card is still current and you have completed the CSCS health and safety test within the last two years then our charges for the initial S/NVQ include's registration, there are NO other hidden charges. There will be a charge for any additional S/NVQ's you may need to do.

£695.00 Plus VAT is the price for the initial S/NVQ level 2 in plant operations

£195.00 Plus VAT is the price for any additional categories that you may need to do. S/NVQ Level 2 in plant operations

£999.00 Plus VAT is the price for level 3-5 For planning and supervising lifting operations

Your red CPCS card can be extended for 1 year as long as you register for the NVQ




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Excavator Training

 S/NVQ 2 Plant Operations: 

The Scottish Vocational Qualification in Plant Operations.

This assessment is designed for Plant Operators who wish to gain a Level 2, S/NVQ in Specialised Plant and Machinery Operations. On completion of the S/NVQ you will be eligible to apply for the Blue Competent Operator Cards .

Slinger Signaller Training

S/NVQ 2 Lifing Operations:

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (S/NVQ 2) in Controlling Lifting Operations: Slinger/Signaller (Construction) allows learners to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as slinging and signalling the movement of suspended loads; conforming to general workplace health, safety and welfare; and conforming to productive work practices