National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are competency qualifications, which are offered in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, in the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). CABWI has offered NVQs since 1991, covering water industry and multi-utility skills, at Levels 1-4.

There are five NVQ levels, and most of CABWI’s NVQ suite is at Levels 2 and 3, although there are qualifications at Level 1 and Level 4.  NVQs are based on national occupational standards (NOS) of competence, which are developed and owned by Sector Skills Councils or other standards-setting bodies, working in consultation with industry representatives.  NVQs are designed to allow the candidate to demonstrate consistent competence over time, and are usually assessed using a mixture of assessor observations and other evidence from the candidate’s workplace and job role.  CABWI’s NVQs were used to provide the competence component of water industry apprenticeships, prior to 2011.

From 2011, the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) has replaced the NQF, and CABWI’s NVQs have now been replaced with equivalent QCF qualifications (Awards, Certificates or Diplomas).  Learners wishing to register for qualifications previously covered by NVQs must now register for the equivalent QCF qualifications.  Details of the QCF qualifications that have replaced CABWI’s NVQ provision can be found on the Resources page.  The Water Industry Apprenticeship has also been updated, so that new starters will need to undertake the relevant QCF competence and knowledge qualifications for the area that they wish to cover.

CABWI’s NVQs are available for certification only, to learners registered prior to the end of 2011.  Approved assessment centres have until the certification end date to claim outstanding candidate certificates for each NVQ.   A full list of CABWI NVQs, including their certification end dates, is available here.

In Scotland, CABWI has worked jointly with SQA Awarding Body to ensure that Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) will be offered from 2011 in the Scottish Qualifications & Credit Framework (SCQF).  SQA Awarding Body and CABWI provide these qualifications as a joint awarding body, with centre approvals, registrations and certifications being managed by SQA.  Further information on SVQ content, accreditation arrangements, and centre recognition, can be obtained through SQA, or by contacting CABWI.