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What are NVQ's?

An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is a work-based qualification designed to demonstrate that a person has suitable skills, knowledge and understanding to carry out the tasks associated with their job role.

Why do I need an NVQ?

  • It is required in order to gain your Skilled Workers CSCS card

  • Enhances your professional standard as the NVQ is based on the Nationally recognised standard

  • Removes the "semi-skilled" stigma sometimes attached to Floorlayers
  • Proves competancy which is visible to customers and potential employers

What are the benefits of undertaking an NVQ?


  • Improved employability

  • A flexible route to becoming qualified in the workplace
  • Certification to demonstrate you have met a national standard for your occupational role
  • Gain a recognised qualification without any exams


  • Improvements in the quality of service to customers

  • Ensures employees are up to date with industry standards and best practice

  • Compliance with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM)

  • No need for day release or evening classes

How do I get an NVQ?

You can obtain an NVQ by either:

  • Completing a fully funded on-site NVQ assessment

  • Completing a self funded on-site NVQ assessment

How long will it take to achieve?

Floortrain have worked with over 6,500 floor layers and we've found that the average time to complete an NVQ is 3-6 months.

What happens when I have registered for the NVQ?

When all your initial paperwork is completed, we allocate your portfolio to one of our assessors who will give you a call and introduce themselves. They will make an arrangement to come and visit you whilst you're working and gather evidence which can then be assessed against national standards.

Once you are registered, considering you have completed the Operatives Health and Safety Test in the past 2 years and you have on the job experience (normally at least one year in the past three) you can apply for your temporary CSCS Card which will last 12 months. 

Can I fail an NVQ?

No. If you have not provided enough evidence your assessor will guide you to find any additional evidence needed. If you haven't provided the correct evidence, again we will assist in helping you find something more appropriate.

Your NVQ can only be achieved through the demonstration of your skills. You will either be competent at the tasks you are doing or not yet competent. If your assessor believes your skills don't meet the national standards, Floortrain can provide the use of it's excellent training facilities to improve your current skill level.

Do I need to attend college or night school?

No. NVQs are an assessment of your current competence in your workplace. An assessor will visit you in your workplace as a result of your daily job role.

Organising and cross referencing your evidence and compiling your portfolio will also need to be done. You may be required to complete this at home if you do not have enough time during your working hours.

If you would benefit from some additional training, we offer the opportunity to attend our centre on completion for some further up-skilling.

Do I need to attend Floortrain?

No. We can complete parts of our assessment by telephone and by coming to you for an informal chat. The remainder can be completed when we come to assess you working on-site.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol by contacting us via the methods below:

Telephone: 01302 249555



Complete the form on the Contact Us page

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