Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction)

Why Do You Need It?

What is the purpose of this qualification?

This qualification meets the occupational standards required for Trowel Operatives; Bricklayers who are responsible for using trowels to erect masonry structures.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on the latest National Occupational Standards for Trowel Occupations and is entirely vocationally-related in its content. As an NVQ, all units within the qualifications are derived from these occupational standards directly, and evidence of knowledge, skill and understanding will be gained from a workplace or a realistic workplace situation.

It covers the following topics:

  • Erecting masonry structures in the workplace
  • Setting out masonry structures in the workplace
  • Confirming to general health, safety and welfare requirements
  • Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace

There are also opportunities to specialise in other areas of trowel use, such as:

  • Erecting masonry cladding
  • Erecting thin joint masonry
  • Repairing and maintaining masonry structures
  • Producing internal or external solid plastering finishes
  • Placing and finishing non-specialist concrete
  • Related construction activities such as installing drainage and maintaining slate and tile roofing.

How is this qualification assessed?

A portfolio of evidence gathered from a range of sources including workplace activities and realistic work environments, professional discussions, questioning and observation of performance.

Who can take this qualification?

This qualification is for all learners aged 16 and above who are capable of reaching the required standards and have opportunity to demonstrate practical skills in a realistic construction working environment.  Learners do not need any prior qualifications, knowledge or experience before starting the qualification.  They are likely, however to be working as bricklayers in Construction or be able to take on such responsibilities as progression from a lower level or trainee role.

Although this qualification is a component of the intermediate Apprenticeship in Construction Building, it is also suitable for learners who may need or wish to take the qualification on its own. For example learners, working full, part-time or on a voluntary basis, or those who are not new to the role but need to upskill and/or demonstrate competency in the areas covered by the qualification.

What can this qualification lead to?

Learners may use the qualification to gain employment as Bricklayers on construction sites. It may be used as evidence to prove competence to prospective employers, directly or as a component of card competence schemes at operative level. Such schemes are not a licence to practice and can be achieved by different routes (e.g. through the experienced worker route), but are widely recognised and used by many employers as proof of competence and access to sites.


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