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  1. Steblue

    Steblue New Member

    How can I upscale my level 3 diploma to a NVQ. I am self employed and want to upscale my bpec level 3 diploma.i have been quoted silly prices from local colleges and wanted to k ow if there is anyone operating as freelance who can do this at a more affordable price.
     
  2. CBW1982

    CBW1982 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

  3. Steblue

    Steblue New Member

  4. CBW1982

    CBW1982 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I see, a new one on me. Where in the uk are you based?
     
  5. Tea-Break

    Tea-Break Member

    Hi Steblue,
    I ‘m a little out of touch with the lastest version of Level III ie new Trailblazers.
    However, if you wish to take the Gas route that is obviously why it’s so expensive.
     
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  6. Steblue

    Steblue New Member

     
  7. Steblue

    Steblue New Member

    I'm based in Manchester.i completed a level2 diploma then progressed on to level 3. As they are not a nvq I cant get my cscs blue card which is a hindrance for employment hence the need to upscale.
     
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  8. Steblue

    Steblue New Member

    The bpec level 3 plumbing foundation course I completed didn't touch on gas.
     
  9. Tea-Break

    Tea-Break Member

    This is the problem. I expect the BPEC is similar to
    C & G 6035.
    Unfortunately, at Level III they’re worthless. Only pushed by Colleges as a ‘cash cow’ for full time students. I remember C & G offered no route for progression, insisting that candidates completed the 6189 Level III route from scratch.
    As I said, I’m not familiar with BPEC Quals. But I know I ‘m right about C & G.
     
  10. Tea-Break

    Tea-Break Member

    Just thought, you can get your CSCS card via your Level II NVQ. No need to worry about Level III.
    If you have a Blue (Trained) card, you used to be able to upgrade to Gold (Advanced) through ‘Grandfathers Rights’ with supporting evidence from your employer.
     
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  11. Tea-Break

    Tea-Break Member

    Sorry Steblue,
    I have just reread your original post.
    From this I note you are self employed and do not
    have a Level II NVQ.
    You CANNOT get a Level III NVQ without FIRST obtaining Level II.
    This NVQ ( Level II ) used to cost approx £1000.
    However, you need to be employed, working with a qualified plumber.
     
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  12. CBW1982

    CBW1982 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Unless you can get some form of grant/loan or be willing to be employed by someone else you might just have to pay the “silly” fees. I’ve just looked at my local college and theirs is similar in price. Usually if you talk to the college they may be able to assist as in pay instalments. :eek:
     
  13. Steblue

    Steblue New Member

    Unfortunately it seems I was miss sold the value of a level 3 diploma
     
  14. Steblue

    Steblue New Member

    Is there no other route for the self employed? I have obtained all the photo graphic evidence when in previous employment and just need the site visit.
     
  15. Steblue

    Steblue New Member

    Maybe I'll have to just bite the bullet.its a hard pill to swallow having paid over £3000 for a qualification that seem not to be worth the paper its written on.
     
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