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Will this qualification enable me to get my JIB Gold Card?
Yes, once you have achieved this qualification you will be eligible for your JIB Gold Card. You will need to provide ECS with copies of all of your qualifications and complete the ECS application form for JIB grading.
How much experience do I need to have to become eligible for the NVQ 2356-99?
The mature candidate assessment route is for operatives who have over five years experience as a a practicing electrician. If you do not have five years experience or do not meet the criteria for the mature candidate assessment route you can still complete the NVQ 2357 in Electrical Installation.
What qualifications must I have already achieved for the NVQ 2356-99?
Ideally you should have successfully achieved relevant technical certificates such as one of the following; 236 part 1, 236 part 2, 2360 level 2, 2360 level 3, 2351 level 3, 2330 level 2, 2330 level 3. Other UK based qualifications (such as BTEC, NC/HNC etc.) may also be taken into consideration against the underpinning knowledge requirements of the award.
I have more than five years experience but my qualifications from outside of the UK. Am I still eligible for the NVQ 2356-99?
All non UK qualifications must have been fully evaluated by UK Naric. Candidates with qualifications gained outside the UK will need to meet the same requirements as any candidate following this assessment route. Candidate may be required to achieve qualifications in the IET Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and/or Inspection & Testing.
Do I need to complete the AM2?
The AM2 is embedded within the NVQ 2356-99, therefore, all candidates completing this qualification will also need to successfully complete the AM2. We provide free support, advice and guidance on the AM2. Candidates can complete the AM2 at any time and can contact their local AM2 Centre here.
How long will it take me to complete the NVQ 3 Electrical Performance Units?
You can easily complete the NVQ between three to eight months using the e-Portfolio system and our remote videoconferencing system. The NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Installation is completed in your own time using our e-Portfolio system, OneFile. You need to cover EACH of the eight units on three SEPARATE occasions by completing site diaries for each unit. The AM2 counts as one occasion for units 301, 302, 304 and 308 meaning that these units (301, 302, 304 & 308) only need to be covered on two occasions. This means that you can complete this NVQ as quickly as you wish providing you have the necessary evidence to do so.
How many site diaries will I need to complete on the e-Portfolio?
We would encourage you to complete a site diary for each of the eight units on one occasion. This can be from one job or a number of different jobs. You will need to collect evidence and your assessor will advise what evidence you need to collect. Each site diary should take you no longer than one hour to complete and your assessor will provide you with feedback, advice and guidance on the site diaries you have submitted.
How many Remote Site Assessments will I have?
With our Bronze Package you will receive ONE remote site observation using our vidoeconferencing system from your assessor and the rest of your portfolio is completed by yourself with the support of your assessor.
With our Silver and Gold Packages you will receive up to EIGHT remote site observations. This is where we carry out an assessment of your competency in your place of work and record this evidence within our system. This evidence contributes towards the completion of your NVQ so the more evidence that is available during these remote site assessments, the less evidence you need to collect yourself.
On average we would advise a realistic target of between four to six months due to your outside commitments and working hours. Of course, if you have more time to give and the relevant evidence then this can be achieved much quicker – possibly in as little as four to six weeks with our Silver or Gold packages where your assessor will help build your portfolio for you.
It is entirely up to you how fast you complete this NVQ 3 in Electrical Installation due to the flexibility of completing this in the comfort of your own home.
Additional Remote Site Assessments can be arranged – find out more about this here
How does the videoconferencing system work?
You will need to have an android or iPhone and be working in an area where you have a reliable signal on your phone or connected to a wireless network. We will plan the assessment with you beforehand so you know exactly what the assessor is looking for and what you need to demonstrate. We send you a text message and you simply click on the message and you are in the conference. We simply observe you within your place of work, carry out a professional discussion and provide you with feedback.
How long does the assessment take?
This all depends on the job you are involved in and the evidence that is available. Typically, this can take up to two hours and the evidence collected will contribute towards your NVQ. The assessment will be carefully planned with your assessor and we will encourage you to present as much evidence as possible to ensure you cover as much of the NVQ as possible during the assessment.