Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction)

Ofqual code: 603/2509/4
Minimum total qualification time: 410 hours
Minimum guided learning hours: 217
Minimum credit value: 41

The NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) Level 2 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as general health, safety and welfare; productive working practices; and moving, handling and storing resources. Learners can specialise in installing first and second fixing components; manufacturing routine architectural joinery; setting out and fabricating timber framework; installing frames and hinges and internal mouldings; erecting timber walls, roofs and floors; setting up and using cutting and shaping machines; or manufacturing routine architectural joinery products.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • site carpentry
  • architectural joinery
  • structural post and beam carpentry
  • light structural timber framing
  • timber frame erection
  • timber decks and cladding
  • heritage site carpentry
  • heritage architectural joinery
  • heritage post and beam carpentry

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges and may be offered in England and Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

This qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence in wood occupations. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • providing access to a relevant card scheme


This qualification is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

CSCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in construction. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 41 credits. They must complete between three and seven mandatory units plus between one and three optional units from the qualification structure. (See Qualification content and delivery tools.)

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • school and college students with a part-time job that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace
  • full-time and part-time study

There are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification, however learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.


This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed in wood occupations.


Learners may progress from the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) to a range of qualifications at Level 3 and above, including Occupational Work Supervision.



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