NVQ Level 3 in Heritage Skills (Construction) – Decorative Finishing

NVQ Level 3

Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) – Decorative Finishing


On-Site Assessment and Training provides the opportunity for experienced workers to gain the qualifications needed to prove they can do the job. It turns existing skills and experience into a nationally recognised qualification such as an NVQ. Having these qualifications also supports the application for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.

Who is the course for?
This course is ideal for operatives who are working in the construction industry as a Heritage Skills Painter and Decorator, either experienced or just starting out in the industry and would like to earn while they learn.

The average timescale for completion is 6-12 months depending on experience and access to assessment opportunities.

Course Description
The aim of this qualification is to recognise the knowledge, skills, and competence demonstrated by an individual in the workplace. This Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) – Decorative Finishing provides the opportunity for individuals who specialise in heritage decorating to demonstrate their competence.

The course provides a specialist work-related programme of training covering key knowledge and practical skills required within the sector.

Candidates will need to demonstrate the following skills and qualities:

·         A careful, methodical, and accurate approach to work

·         The ability to follow drawings, plans, and written or spoken instructions

·         The ability to work safely, follow risk assessments and method statements

·         The ability to work well in a team

Course Content
There are 13 units in this qualification suite that are derived from National Occupational Standards. Candidates must undertake a minimum of 8 units to gain the qualification.
These are made up of 6 core units and 7 specialised units (of which 2 must be taken) to make up the 9 units for the qualification.

The 6 core units are:

.         Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
·         Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area in the Workplace
·         Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace
·         Confirming the Occupational Method of Work in the Workplace
·         Preparing and Painting Surfaces on Conservation or Restoration Projects in the workplace
·         Working on Conservation and Restoration Projects in the Workplace

The 7 specialised units are:

.         Carry out Free Brush Work in the Workplace
.         Producing and Applying Complex Stencil Designs in the Workplace
.         Hanging Wallcoverings to Complex Surfaces in the Workplace
.         Hanging Specialised Paper Wallcovering in the Workplace
.         Applying Metal Leaf to Surfaces in the Workplace
.         Producing Straight Grained Effects in the Workplace
.         Producing Marbling Effects in the Workplace
The units of this qualification can be delivered in any order or combined as necessary to form part of a relevant training programme; all mandatory units must be completed by each candidate. All Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria of the units that candidates are registered to take must be achieved prior to claiming the qualification certificate.

Units must be assessed in a work environment, workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.

A variety of assessment methods are used, such as Observations, Witness Testimonies, Professional discussion, Site evidence, Photographic evidence, Evidence of previous learning, and Knowledge Questions.

Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements to take this NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) – Decorative Finishing; however, is strongly recommended that candidates have completed an NVQ level 2 in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting prior to undertaking this NVQ and be employed as a heritage painter and decorator in order to access the potential and opportunity to successfully cover the full range of assessments for this qualification.

Achievement of this qualification provides opportunities to progress to further qualifications and training such as: Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision – Conservation. As part of lifelong learning, Altamira Training encourages candidates to progress and continue with their professional development to enhance their employment opportunities and career progression.