A Guide to NVQs for Business

NVQS can help you ensure that staff are up to their jobs, and send a signal to the world that you are committed to standards of excellence

A Guide to NVQs for Business

How do I become an approved NVQ centre?

If you are a larger company, it might make sense to take all your NVQ training in-house by becoming an approved centre. Whilst this might involve a larger up-front cost, you will save money on external providers in the long run. Additionally, using your own employees to assess NVQs will encourage them to take an active role in monitoring the performance of staff.

Follow these steps to become approved:

  • Select your assessors: These should be senior managers or administrators. Generally, you will need around one NVQ assessor for every six candidates, one internal verifier for every ten assessors, and an overall centre co-ordinator to oversee the whole process.
  • Put a submission together: You need to prepare a submission to the awarding body demonstrating you have the required resources and structure in place. Contact your awarding body for guidance on this.
  • Wait for the awarding body to get in touch: Generally, after you have applied, your awarding body will get in touch to take you through the next steps of the process.
  • Train your assessors and verifiers: Again, contact your awarding body for guidance, but it generally takes up to six months to train people in their own assessment and verification NVQs. Most companies will use an external provider for this.


How do I avoid bureaucracy?

Some businesses avoid the NVQ process due to a belief that the process entails a mountain of paperwork. Whilst this was true in the past, you can easily reduce your bureaucratic burden by using your own systems in place of the official ones.

You don’t need to use the awarding body’s own assessment paper trail, as long as your own recording systems are adequate; you should agree on an approach with your awarding body.

Evidence does not need to take the form of huge, unwieldy paper-based portfolios, either; you can integrate the assessment within your own performance appraisal system, as long as that system is adequate.

Remember, again, that NVQs can be used flexibly; you can introduce the standards without necessarily going through the official certification process, or select individual units for employees to complete to build up particular competences.

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