Changes to Occupational Work Supervision NVQ structure and CSCS cards

Following consultation with industry the National Working Group (NWG) for Occupational Work Supervision (OWS) has confirmed the removal of the endorsement list and redefined the pre-entry requirements for the OWS N/SVQ.

This means that CSCS no longer require applicants applying for the Supervisory Gold card with an OWS N/SVQ to submit additional evidence demonstrating competence in their occupation.

Applicants need only to provide evidence of their OWS N/SVQ and to have passed the Specialist Supervisor level CITB Health, Safety and Environment test within the last two years.

The announcement from the National Working Group also means that CSCS will stop printing the occupational endorsement on the reverse of the card for any new card applications received from 1st October 2021.

Garry Mortimer, Operations Manager at CSCS said:

“CSCS supports the findings of the National Working Group. The removal of the endorsement will simplify the card application process for our applicants.”

The NWG accepts that it is the responsibility of all employers to ensure that their supervisors are competent to carry out their duties.

The NWG for OWS has approved any of the following entry requirements for those taking the OWS NVQ or SVQ:

  1. the individual’s occupational industry experience prior to being registered for the Occupational Work Supervision qualification
  2. the individual’s ability and experience in supervising teams
  3. the individual is occupationally competent to at least level 2 or SCQF level 5 in construction

Awarding Organisations must ensure that candidates provide evidence to demonstrate relevant verifiable experience. This evidence must be verified prior to being registered for the OWS N/SVQ and should meet the following criteria:

  1. The candidate provides evidence to demonstrate relevant verifiable experience and competence in their occupational area for example: qualification to N/SVQ Level 2 or SCQF Level 5, or
  2. A letter from the employer confirming the candidate’s suitability and a professional discussion or portfolio evidence of previous experience.

Garry Mortimer continued:

“To ensure safety on site, it is vital that the Awarding Organisations verify candidates’ evidence before approving their entry onto the N/SVQ.

Similarly, employers have a duty to not only check the CSCS card thoroughly to ensure the holder has achieved the OWS NVQ, but to ensure that their supervisors are competent to carry out their duties.”

You can find out more about applying for a CSCS card with the Occupational Work Supervision NVQ here or via our OWS FAQ section.

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