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  1. Hawaii04

    Hawaii04 New Member

    Hi everyone. Apologies if this has been asked before but here goes: completed 2 years of an apprenticeship about 30 years ago so have no formal plumbing qualifications. Have been trapped in the same job since then but have always kept plumbing on the side, fitting bathrooms for friends and family etc. Fairly competent and complete all aspects of plumbing. I’ve seen some companies offering a home learning package for part of an nvq and to get the further nvq, they say that you can get some of your work assessed. Am I right in thinking that I could work a few days with and get assessed that way. There is no way I can give up my current job and commit to a full time course. Thanks for any info. John.
  2. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Trusted Plumber GSR

    Hello John
    Why is your qualification from 30 years ago no use?
  3. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber

    Last plumber: he didn't complete by the sound of it!

    When I was at college a couple of years ago, it was just about possible to do this. Get a college to take you on on a course. Day a week for two years (or quite a bit less, in practice). Then you need someone to be your work based recorder. If you are indeed good and have a mate with either an NVQ2 or equivalent, or ?5 years' experience as a plumber, then that will do. Your mate supervises you doing the NVQ work which it sounds like you already have lined up and signs that it is to industry standard and entirely your work, which sound like it would also be true. Then your college observes you on a couple of jobs too and your college assessor looks at your portfolio of evidence and photos and sees if you are up to the required standard.

    Basically you can (or could) get the NVQ2 without being an apprentice, as your workbased recorder need not be your employer. I'm assuming you have useful contacts?
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  4. Hawaii04

    Hawaii04 New Member

    Thanks ric2013. That’s given me some hope now. Just wish I’d thought about this earlier. Thanks.
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