Gas membrane installation National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
The British Geomembrane Association (BGA) works to ensure that geomembrane industry installation practices are of the highest quality. For this reason, the BGA was instrumental in developing the National Occupational Standard for Gas Membrane Installation and then the development of the Gas Membrane Installation National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). In addition, the British Geomembrane Association identified and developed the first gas membrane installation assessors and has continually promoted the uptake of NVQs across the industry.
NVQs are based on national occupational standards. These standards are statements of performance that describe what competent people in a particular occupation are expected to be able to do.
NVQ assessment is normally through on-the-job observation and questioning. Candidates produce evidence in a live working environment to prove they have the competence to meet the standards for the qualification.
You will need to achieve several Units that make up the full NVQ qualification. Some of the units will be generic to all sectors (H&S, and productive working) and others gas membrane specific (Preparing to install membranes, ground gas risks in the workplace and installing membranes & ventilation systems). Your Assessor will discuss each unit in your qualification to ensure that you are able to provide the evidence required. The appointed Assessor will also discuss how the evidence will be collected and by who.
If you feel that additional training and support is required prior to venturing into the NVQ, the BGA can offer links to approved, industry recognised CITB NSAC (National Specialist Accreditation Centre) registered Assessors with training experience to support at this initial stage.
Geomembrane training FAQ
Assessors work with a permitted quota of Learners and time is allocated based on two to three site visits where planned activity will be demonstrated. Visits are on a 4-to-6-week basis, allowing Learners to develop any identified areas needing consideration. Four to six mouths are the average timeframes for active Learners, but CITB grant claims are based on the short duration funding of one year to complete the qualification.
No. All assessments are conducted in a live workplace with real site situations being monitored by the Assessor. Learners’ knowledge is normally gained via a recorded interview / discussion session.
Even the Learners portfolio is structured and compiled by the Assessor. Some Learners might wish to provide additional evidence (documents – RAMS, drawings, sign off sheets etc) which will be agreed with your Assessor as part of the assessment plan.
Being such a specialist sector occupation there are limited numbers of Assessors, but the BGA have links with approved, industry recognised Assessors. Please contact us for more details.
This NVQ L2 is recognised by the CSCS card scheme and will support your access to a blue skilled worker card. Other aspects of gas membrane legislation and guidance refers to the NVQ as the expected competency and is often requested as part of the system design and its verification.
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
By having an industry approved training programme and linking successful completion of this training to the NVQ qualification, the gas membrane sector can promote and demonstrate compliance and commitment to having a fully qualified and competent workforce which will also be evidenced via the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).