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QCF- What is it?
The qualification and Credit Framework or QCF is a new educational framework designed to make vocational qualifications easier to understand. The qualifications have been developed to work more closely with employers and ensure that training and qualifications are more relevant to the actual work undertaken by candidates. Each candidate will have a ULN (Unique Learner Number) and will have access to their key information via a central IT system.

Do I need to get one?
The CPCS Red trained Operator Card is valid for 2 years. During the 2-year life of the Red Card you must achieve a QCF Diploma or Certificate in Plant and Machinery Operations. This will allow you to apply for the CPCS Blue Competent Card. The Red Card is non-renewable and if you do not achieve the QCF you loose your card.

The simple way of understanding the difference between a Certificate and a Diploma, is the more complicated machines like excavator, that require longer training courses and more operating hours to become competent are Diplomas and the less complicated machines like dumpers are certificates. You may require a certificate on one category and a Diploma on another.

How do I start the QCF/NVQ?

  1. If you have gained the CPCS Red card after novice training, get 6 to 8 months experience on site then contact an NVQ/QCF Centre to arrange an NVQ/QCF induction and NVQ/QCF registration. We are an accredited NVQ/QCF centre and will be happy to assist you in gaining your Qualification. However you are not tied to our centre and are free to go to any centre you wish. If you are an experience operator, then you can register straight away and begin to work towards completing your NVQ. Certificate/Diploma
  2. Attend an NVQ/QCF Induction and Registration session where the process will be explained to you in detail. A Pre-registration assessment will be completed to assist us in selecting the most appropriate route of entry for you based on you experience, knowledge, current operating ability and the available qualifications.
  3. You will be asked to provide proof of identity at the induction.

Routes of entry- the way you register or set about completing your qualification-

EWPARE- (Experienced Worker Practical Assessed Route of Entry). You need to have good experience and operating ability for this route of entry. Upon registration and induction you will be required to get a set of witness testimonies completed by your employer. You will attend the centre on a given day and take a EWPARE assessment (practical Test) and complete a Professional Discussion (a recorded detailed interview about your experience and knowledge of safe operation of the plant and general site safety).    

OSAT (On Site Assessment and Training) to achieve the OSAT NVQ/QCF you need to collect evidence of your ability to operate safely and this evidence is built into a portfolio. You need to collect diverse evidence and have sufficient evidence to meet all the performance criteria

What is evidence?
There is a wide variety of evidence you can collect and below are some examples-

  • Reference from your Employer — Confirming job role,  ability, safety record, how well you get on with other people and with their clients.

NB. They should write individual references not ‘one fits all’.

  • Reference from the Site Agent-  Confirm your ability and safety record and the quality of the work completed. Location of job and date. The reference needs to be individual.
  • Daily or weekly inspection sheets of plant- You record daily or weekly inspections of The plant e.g. F91(now discontinued) or the LOLER Register

            Copy of one page with 2-3 months entries covering relevant plant

  • Risk assessments, method statements, permits to dig — These are good evidence but must have your name and job role to be valid evidence i.e. J Bloggs excavator driver
  • Induction handouts, site plans, toolbox talks — Must have the name to show you have attended and took part.
  • Photographs of work done- In the case of photos, a description of the work done, location, time and date and details of somebody who can verify that it is your own work
  • Logbook ,work sheets, time sheets.- Photocopies of entries in your logbooks if signed by foreman or supervisor, timesheets if you are down as operator or other job records
  • Observation- The assessor will carry out at least 2-3 site visits depending on the category of plant and the number of categories you hold. Once on site they will observe you operating the plant, carrying out you normal site based activities (with site permission these observations will be video recorded and form part of your evidence in the NVQ portfolio) At the end of each site visit the assessor will sit down with you and discuss your performance and how it meets the required standard and what if any further evidence is required to complete the NVQ
  • Professional Discussion- This is and interview or chat about your work experience and the job you are currently on. This is used to provide supporting evidence and fill any gaps allowing you to complete the NVQ
  • Knowledge Evidence- Each unit contains a set of questions which allows the assessor to assess and determine your level of underpinning knowledge
  • Portfolio- The portfolio is produced by the centre and contains all the relevant standards and units that you need to complete. The portfolio is worked on at each visit and contains a section for your evidence and a section for the assessor observations


QCF/NVQ Process

Stage 1 You and your assessor will discuss which units you are going to work towards
Stage 2

The units will be explained in detail

Stage 3

Your experience and any evidence that you may have are discussed

Stage 4

The evidence requirements will be explained

  Amount of observations required for each unit
  • Evidence requirements
  • Knowledge assessment by oral questions or written
  • Any Particular Assessment Requirement (PAR) that you many have
Stage 5

You will produce evidence in the following way:

  • Observation in the workplace through assessment
  • Being questioned by your assessor
  • Having a reference system in your logbook/portfolio showing location or copies
  • of time sheets, job cards, photographs, plans, work schedules
Stage 6

After each assessment you will be given feedback by your assessor

  • If you are competent in the required standard this will be recorded
  • If you are not competent and require more training. Training can be arranged through your company or by yourself and does not have to be carried out by Cleraune Plant Training. If has a result of an operator assessment training needs have been identified then they must be address before you will be able to progress with the qualification
Stage 7 You will regularly discuss your progress with your Assessor

Who will be involved in my QCF/NVQ?

Assessment of your QCF/NVQ can be carried out in the workplace, college or training center, or a combination of these. The people involved in the assessment are listed below.

  • You the Candidate- to operate the plant safely and to the best of your ability. Follow the advice and guidance of your assessor and collect the required evidence. Ask questions if in doubt and get involved in the process
  • The Assessor- Will have experience in your area of work, and is responsible for assessments and planning. The Assessor is responsible for judging when you are competent, Will help you plan and organize your evidence
  • The Internal Verifier- Maintains the quality of assessments within the centre
  • The External Verifier/QA- Employed by CAA to ensure that the centre meets all the National Standards, Ensures that the assessment process and outcomes are valid, authentic, current and sufficient

What happens once I complete the QCF/NVQ- Upon completion of your NVQ/QCF you will not automatically receive your Blue CPCS Card you must apply to CPCS for the Blue Card on an upgrade form: CPCS F1/2 which is available of the cskills web site www.cskills.co.uk or if the NVQ/QCF is completed by Cleraune we will provide the form.
Ensure you have a valid CSCS Health and Safety Test i.e. taken in the last 2 years. N.B. it is not the expiry date on your CSCS card it is the actual Touch screen test that must be within two years

What do I do Now- Contact our staff and make an appointment for your induction and profile session.