Vocational Qualifications - Guidance for Individuals

This section of the website gives you information on vocational qualifications available to the Finishes and Interiors Sector Workforce.  It is not exhaustive and for advice on process or funding for getting yourself or your workforce qualified you can talk to a member of the FIS Team on 0121 707 0077 or email info@thefis.org

Vocational Qualifications (VQs) supporting the Finishes and Interiors Sector

VQs provide a method to assess competence against National Occupational Standards (NOS) which provide a benchmark for competent performance.  The NOS underpin vocational training, apprenticeships, frameworks and qualifications across the UK, in all sectors and occupations.  Links to the relevant National Occupational Standards are provided in the table of qualifications below.

How are they studied?

VQs can be based in a college, school, or workplace.  NVQs test the candidates abilities in the workplace. Candidates will undertake training and the following assessment is used to prove they are capable to conduct relevant work-related tasks:

  • Portfolio assessment – where you build up evidence of what you’ve done at work.
  • Observation – where an assessor watches you work and checks that you can do the required tasks.

The levels are based on national standards for the particular job you want to do. Assessors sign off units when you’ve met these standards.  VQs don’t have to be completed in a specific amount of time.  They can be taken by full-time employees or by school and college students who have a work placement or part-time job that enables them to develop the appropriate skills.

Qualifications related to occupational areas in the Finishes and Interiors Sector

Below is a list of vocational qualifications commonly associated with the finishes and interiors sector divided by occupational area.   You can find further information on the occupation by searching the National Occupational Standards list and the corresponding qualification requirements via the Register of Regulated Qualifications.  To find a provider, visit the FIS Training Directory.   For any clarification or questions on content, provision or funding available don’t hesitate to contact the FIS.

Drylining
1.  Drylining, Fixer

Level 2 VQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Dry Lining Fixing) Pathway 4

Level 3 VQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Install Complex Drylining Systems)

2.  Boarder Level 2 VQ Certificate in Interior Systems (Dry Lining Boarder) Pathway 3
3.  Finishing Level 2 VQ Certificate in Interior Systems (Dry Lining Finishing) Pathway 2

 

Ceiling Fixer
4.  Ceiling Fixing Level 2 VQ Certificate in Interior Systems (Ceiling Fixing) Pathway 1
5.  Suspended Ceiling Level 2 VQ Certificate in Interior Systems (Ceiling Fixing)
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Complex Suspended Ceiling Systems) Pathway 1
6.  Stretched Ceiling Level 3 VQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Stretched Ceiling Fixing) Pathway 2
7.  Construction Anchor Installer Tester Level 3 VQ Diploma in Testing, Inspecting and Thorough Examination Occupations – (Installing Construction Anchors and Site Testing of Construction Fixings) Pathway 4

 

Plastering
11.  Plastering Solid Level 2 VQ Diploma in Plastering (Solid) Pathway 1
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Plastering (Solid) Pathway 1
12.  Plastering Fibrous Level 2 VQ Diploma in Plastering (Fibrous) Pathway 2
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Plastering (Fibrous) Pathway 2
13.  Heritage Plastering Solid Level 2 VQ Diploma in Plastering (Heritage Plastering – Solid) Pathway 3
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Heritage Skills (Plastering Occupations – Solid plastering) Pathway 9
14.  Heritage Plastering Fibrous Level 2 VQ Diploma in Plastering (Heritage Plastering – Fibrous) Pathway 4
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Heritage Skills (Plastering Occupations – Fibrous plastering) Pathway 10

 

Partitions Installer
PARTITIONS INSTALLER
8.  Modular Demountable Partitioning Level 2 VQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Modular Demountable Partitioning) Pathway 1
9.  Operable Partitioning Systems Level 2 VQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Operable Partition Systems) Pathway 2
10.  Glass Partitioning and/or Internal Screen Level 2 VQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Glass Partition/Internal Screen Systems) Pathway 3

 

Flooring Installer
15.  Access Flooring Level 2 VQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Access flooring) Pathway 5
16.  Acoustic Floor Installation Level 2 VQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Acoustic Floor Installation) Pathway 6

 

Steel Frame Systems Erection and Assembly
17.  Cold Formed Steel Frame Erection

Level 2 VQ Diploma in Construction Using Off-site Manufactured Assemblies – (Cold Formed Steel Frame – Erection) Pathway 1

18.  Cold Formed Steel Frame Assembly

Level 2 VQ Certificate in Construction Using Off-site Manufactured Assemblies (Cold Formed Steel Frame – Assembly) Pathway 1

19.  Cold Formed Steel Frame Erection and Assembly

Level 2 VQ Diploma in Construction Using Off-site Manufactured Assemblies – (Cold Formed Steel Frame – Assembly/Erection) Pathway 2

 

Site Carpentry
20.  Wood Occupations’ Site Carpentry Level 2 VQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Site Carpentry) Pathway 1
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Site Carpentry) Pathway 1
21.  Shopfitting Site Level 2 VQ Certificate in Wood Occupations (Shopfitting Site Work) Pathway 2
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Shopfitting Site Work) Pathway 4

 

Cavity Barrier Installer
22.  Cavity Barrier Installer Level 2 VQ Certificate in Interior Systems (Cavity Barrier Installation) Pathway 4

 

Supervision, Technical and Management
23.  Occupational Work Supervisor (Ganger, Team Leader, Leading Hand or Fore Person)

Level 3 VQ Diploma in Occupational Work

Supervision (Construction)

24.  Construction Site Supervision Level 4 VQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision (Building and Engineering) Pathway 1
25.  Construction Site Management Level 6 VQ Diploma in Construction Site Management (Building and Civil Engineering) Pathway 1
26.  Construction Contracting Operations (CCO) Level 3 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations
27.  CCO Design Coordinator Level 3 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – Design Coordinator
28.  CCO Estimating Level 3 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – Estimating
28.  CCO General Level 3 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – General
30.  CCO Planning Level 3 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – Planning
31.  CCO Site Technical Support Level 3 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – Site Technical Support
32.  CCO Surveying Level 3 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – Surveying
33.  Construction Contracting Operations Management (CCOM) Level 6 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management
34.  CCOM Buying Level 6 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management – Buying
35.  CCOM Estimating Level 6 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management – Estimating
36.  CCOM General Level 6 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management – General
37.  CCOM Planning Level 6 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management – Planning
38.  CCOM Quantity Surveying Level 6 VQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management – Quantity Surveying

 

Other occupations commonly working in the finishes and interiors Sector

39.  Passive Fire Protection

 

Level 2 VQ Diploma in Associated Industrial Services Occupations – Passive Fire Protection
40.  Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 3 Award in Building Information Modelling
Level 3 Implementation of Building Information Modelling
Level 3 Fundamentals of Building Information Modelling
Level 3 Diploma in the Built Environment with Building Information Modelling
Level 4 Certificate in Digital Construction with Building Information Modelling
Level 4 Certificate in Collaboration in Building Information Modelling/Management
41.  Shopfitting Bench Level 2 VQ Certificate in Wood Occupations (Shopfitting Bench Work) Pathway 3
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Shopfitting Bench Work) Pathway 5
42.  Architectural Joiner Level 2 VQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Architectural Joinery) Pathway 2
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Architectural Joinery) Pathway 2
43.  Floorcovering Level 2 VQ Diploma in Floorcovering Occupations
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Floorcovering Occupations
44.  Insulation Level 2 VQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments (External Wall Insulation – Boarder) Pathway 1
Level 2 VQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments (External Wall Insulation – Finisher) Pathway 7
Level 2 VQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments (Insulate Framed Sections of Buildings) Pathway 6
Level 2 VQ Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (External Wall Insulation- Boarder/Finisher) Pathway 3
45.  Wall and Floor Tiling Level 2 VQ Diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling
46.  Specialist Installation PVC Hygienic Wall Installer Level 2 VQ Certificate in Specialist Installation Occupations (Fabric and Membrane Cladding) Pathway 15
47.  Senior Craft (Sole Trader) Level 4 VQ Diploma in Senior Crafts (Plastering) Pathway 2
Level 4 VQ Diploma in Senior Crafts (Joinery) Pathway 2
Level 4 VQ Diploma in Senior Crafts (Wall and Floor Tiling) Pathway 9
48.  Specialist Concrete Occupations – Screeding Level 2 VQ Diploma in Specialist Concrete Occupations In Situ Flooring Screed) Pathway 7
49.  Building Refurbishment Level 2 VQ in Building Maintenance Multi-trade Repair and Refurbishment Operations
Group B Maintenance Carpentry and Joinery
Group E Maintenance Plastering
Level 3 VQ in Building Maintenance Multi-trade Repair and Refurbishment Operations
50.  Fitted Interiors: Level 2 VQ Certificate in Fitted Interiors
51.  Kitchen Level 2 VQ Certificate in Fitted Interiors
52.  Bedroom Level 2 VQ Certificate in Fitted Interiors
53.  Bathroom Level 2 VQ Certificate in Fitted Interiors

 

Health and Safety, Training and Assessment within the finishes and interiors sector
Occupation Qualification
54.  Health and Safety Level 2 VQ Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
Level 3 VQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
Level 4 VQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice
Level 5 VQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice
Level 6 VQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management
55.  Education and Training Level 3 BTEC Award in Education and Training
Level 4 VQ Certificate in Education and Training
Level 5 VQ Diploma in Education and Training
56.  Vocational Assessor Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
57.  End Point Assessor Level 4 Assessor Coach End Point Assessment
58.  Training Instructor Level 3 Training and Development
Level 3 VQ in Direct Training and Support
Level 4 Training and Development (Learning and Development)
Level 5 Diploma in Education and training
Level 5 Training and Development Strategy

 

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You can download an example template for the Career and Competency Pathway for Drylining occupations here

You can download an example template for the Career and Competency Pathway for Ceiling Fixing occupations here

Futher pathways are currently being developed through the work of the FIS Skills Board and core FIS Working Groups