S/NVQ Training

NVQ training (National Vocational Qualification) or SVQ (Scottish Vocational Training) 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 within their chosen role or career path and have at least 6 months experience.

Turn Your Red Card To Blue.

Gaining the relevant S/NVQ will allow you to progress through the CPCS and NPORS/CSCS scheme. Enabling candidates to replace “Red Trained Operator card” with the “Blue Competent Operator card”. However, this needs to be carried out within the 2 year life of the card.

As an approved centre, Vally Plant Training are able to offer the S/NVQ qualifications in Plant operations level 2, site supervisor level 3 and the management of lifting operations level 5. Furthermore, we are also an SQA National Qualification approved centre.

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


OSAT (On Site Assessment And Training) – Workplace evidence is the primary source for demonstrating the candidate’s ability to meet the National Occupational Standards for skilled workers at the NVQ Level required. Evidence can include:

  • 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 the candidate’s demonstration of skills, knowledge and understanding attained through performance in the workplace for at least 6 months.


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 a 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 candidate conducts a 1-to-1 discussion along with an assessor, during which they discuss how they have met the required relevant standards. Discussing both the work they have undertaken and the working methods used to carry out the work.



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

Cost of the S/NVQ

Level 2 NVQ in plant operations £595.00, More Information L2
Level 3 NVQ Diploma Occupational work supervision £995.00. More on L3 
Level 3 NVQ Diploma Construction contracting operations: Design co-ordinator £995.00
Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations £1200.00. More on L4
Level 4 NVQ Diploma Construction Site Supervision: Building and Civil Engineering £1200.00. more info
Level 4 NVQ Diploma Construction site supervision: Demolition £1200.00. more information
Level 5 NVQ Diploma Planning lifting operations (AP) £1200.00. More on L5
Level 6 NVQ Diploma Construction site management: General £1800.00. More on L6
Level 6 NVQ Diploma Construction contracting operations: management £1800.00. For more info

Discounts available for multiple bookings

Your red CPCS card can be extended for a year, providing that you are registered for NVQ training. To register you we require a 50% deposit and the remainder paid before the site visit, within the year extension. You will get your registration number to give to CPCS to enable this 1 year extension.




Turn Your CPCS Red Card To Blue
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NVQ Diploma In Plant Operations