The NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction) Level 2 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as applying solid and finishing plaster and solid render to surfaces and producing and repairing fibrous plaster components. Learners can specialise in laying sand and cement screeds, applying projection plaster and render, and installing mechanically fixed plasterboard.
This qualification covers the following areas:
- heritage plastering — solid and fibrous
This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges.
Purpose of this Qualification
This qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.
Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a plasterer. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.
Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).
The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:
- supporting a role in the workplace
- confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
- providing access to a relevant card scheme
This qualification is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).
CSCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in construction. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.
What does this qualification cover?
As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.
To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 56 credits. They must complete six or seven mandatory units plus one or two optional units from the qualification structure. (See Qualification content and delivery tools.)
Who is this Qualification for?
This qualification is suitable for:
- people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
- individuals who wish to start their own business
- school and college students with a part-time job that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace
- full-time and part-time study
There are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification, however learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.
This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as plasterers.
Learners may progress from the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction) to a range of qualifications at Level 3 and above, including Occupational Work Supervision.