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					Project Challenge Expo
September 08



            Proving the calibre of your
             and your suppliers staff



                Prepared by: N Hibberd CEng
                   (Chairman of ProVoc)



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                        ProVoc
The National User Group for Project Control
   Occupational Standards and NVQ’s
           A Special interest Group of A Cost E




                     A Cost E
 The Association of Cost Engineers
   The Professional home for Project Control
    Member of ICEC, the International Cost Engineering Council



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    Nigel Hibberd- BNFL Programme Control

•    Retired after approx 30 years in Projects at BNFL
•    Mixture of major capital and soft projects
•    Functional head of project control
         • Developed own standards for staff and hired staff

•    Chairman of Project Control NVQ National Steering Group
•    Background Manufacturing
•    Currently NVQ assessor and Risk Manager for BNFL (Part
     time)
•    CEng, Member – I.Mech.E, APM, A.Cost.E (Council
     member/Director)
Contact: Home 01925 263177, Mob: 07803 248 427
          e mail: hibberd@hotmail.com
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    Areas to be covered

•    ProVoc’s make up and aims
•    The need to prove competency for
         •   Clients
         •   Supplier
         •   Candidate
•    How to prove competence within an audited framework
•    NVQ and Occupational Standards framework and
     delivery
•    Candidate Case studies
•    Possible ways forward for you/useful contacts

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         S/QCA- (Accredits)
UK Commission for employment and skills
       OFQUAL (Regulates)                       International
                 etc                          Professional Body               UK Professional Body
                                                    Links                            Links

                      ECITB
               Engineering Construction                           A Cost E
                Industry Training Board                    Assoc of Cost Engineers
                                                              Professional Body
               Awards        Standards




                                            ProVoc
                                           User Group




          Assessment                                                           Candidate
            Centres                                                            Employers
            (Assessors)                                                         (end users)


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Aims of ProVoc
•Provide feedback to standards body for
Occupational standards:
      •Development
      •Maintenance
•Provide feedback on improvements in the
delivery processes
•Increase employer/candidate awareness
•Increase number of accredited Assessment
Centres

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1. World Class project Delivery



                   without
         World class Project Control
                  there is no
      World class Project management




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2. How   do you prove ??


• Employer:
              how good are your PC staff

• Employee:
                   how good are you

• Client:
        how good are your contractor’s PC staff


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3. An employers view
    “Can Do” Calibre - Occupational Standards
• The Employers clients/stakeholders want:
   –Confidence in the calibre of the contractor’s and their
    supplier’s staff
              » It helps make the client’s job easier
   –A transferable group of Practitioners available to any
    Management & Operations or EPC contractor
   –the contractor’s and their supplier’s staff benchmarked.
          – Qualifications do not prove “can do”- a Key Quality
            Requirements.
          – Post graduation experience does not always
            validate adequately the “can do” calibre
          – Staff with accredited delivery experience do
            demonstrate “ can do”calibre.
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4. An employers view
    “Can Do” Calibre - Occupational Standards
 • The Employer needs to demonstrate to their client/
   stakeholders the quality of their/their suppliers staff by:
    – Use of staff development plans against Occupational
      National Standards
    – Staff skill levels accredited against National Standards
      by regulated means
    – Use of a recognised Continual Professional
      Development programme
    – Them being members of Professional organisations
    – Them having experience on comparable projects.
    – They have the ability to recruit external/additional staff
      of the right calibre
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5. Employer Recruitment-
   and “Can Do” Calibre -
                                                         • Limited pool of
    40
                                                           resources internally
    35
    30                                                   • General scarcity of
    25                                                     quality resources
    20
                                                           externally
    15                                                   • Agents not clear of skills
    10                                                     required
    5                                                    • Many CV’s received do
    0                                                      not have Relevant
                                   Recruited
                     Interviewed
         CV'S Read




                                                           Experience
                                                         • Quality of recruit can
                                                           still be suspect
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5. Employer Recruitment-
   and “Can Do” Calibre -
                                                         • Limited pool of
    40
                                                           resources internally
    35
    30                                                   • General scarcity of
    25                                                     quality resources
    20
                                                           externally
    15                                                   • Agents not clear of skills
    10                                                     required
     5                                                   • Many CV’s received do
     0                                                     not have Relevant
                                   recruited
                     Interviewed
         CV'S Read




                                                           Experience
                                                         • Quality of recruit can
                                                           still be suspect
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6. An employers view
  “Can Do” Calibre - Occupational Standards
  • The Practitioner needs to demonstrate their “can do”
    calibre to current or future employers by:
  • Having relevant Qualifications
  • Having accredited experience against National
    Occupational Standards or relevant industry ( i.e.
    Chemical Plant)
  • Demonstration of their understanding of issues from
    delivery of live projects/Full Life Cycle.
  • Evidence of their continued professional development
  • Being able to demonstrate accredited experience, even
    if changing employers
            – Level 2, 3 & 4 NVQs can do this
            – Professional Bodies can help demonstrate this
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7. How   to prove it !


 • Skills benchmarked against National
   Occupational Standards is a good start!!

 • Candidates do the day job

 • Gain the National Vocational Qualification


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7. How   to prove it !


 • Skills bench marked against National
   Occupational Standards is good start!!

 • Candidates do the day job

 • Gain the National Vocational Qualification


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8. “Can Do” Calibre – Doing the NVQ

   • Candidate:                             Demonstrates Can Do against
                                                National Standards
    Does              Collects
   Day Job            evidence                                  Completes the
                                           Gains units           Qualification



                                                           Can
                                                          Change
                                                         Employer


   Demonstrates Commitment:                                          Can gain
               - To self development.                               Professional
               - To the Profession.                                    status




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9 Background (sheet 1)

  • Government initiative in 1990’s to develop
    occupational standards for key occupations
    across UK
  • The lead Body for Project Control was ECITB (the
    Engineering Construction Industry Training Body)
  • ECITB engaged members of different industrial
    sectors (clients and contactors), ie:
        • Engineering Design & Construction,
        • Chemical, Nuclear etc.
        • The professional body, A Cost E.
  • The first standards and Qualifications were for
    Level 4 and were available mid 1990s
  • Around 250 people had attained that by 2005,
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9 Background (sheet 2)
   • By 2002 the standards needed re accrediting
     and there was also industrial pressure for the
     level 3 NVQ.
   • ECITB led the development
        • QCA required involvement of more industrial
          sectors in the working group
   • The new standards and level 3 & 4 NVQs
     were launched toward end 2005
   • At the 2005 launch, Industry requested a
     level 2 linked to apprenticeships
   • The level 2 was launched Sept 2007
   • There are now around 300 candidates in
     system since start of 2006
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Qualification and Curriculum         UKCES - Funding
Authority (QCA)(SQA) etc             OFQAL – Regulate delivery
                                                                        HOW MUCH OF
                                                                        THIS PROCESS
                Standard Setting Body                                  DO YOU KNOW ?
•Maintains national standards developed by industry
•Approved by QCA/SQA

                  Awarding Body
 Provides the framework for administration of:                     External Verifier
 •Candidates                                                   Ascertain all are working to
 •Assessors                                                      required NVQ criteria
 •Assessment Centres
 Professional NVQ’s are across Industry sectors

           Accredited Assessment Centre
  •Manage registration, certification and assessment               Internal Verifier
  processes for the candidates and assessors                     Ensures assessment
  •Train Assessors and Verifiers                                 practice meets NVQ
                Accredited Assessor                                     criteria
          •Assesses candidate evidence
          •Reports progress
          •Advices on portfolio development

                      Candidate
           •Collects occupational evidence
           •Maintains portfolio of evidence    Provoc.org.uk
           •Develops awareness
11. Delivering the NVQ
 • Standards Setting Body: ECITB Standards
   – National Standards development funded by UKCES
   – Maintains occupational standards Developed by industry

 • Awarding Body: ECITB Awards-
   – Accredits assessment centres
   – Registers candidates and assessors and maintains registers
   – Externally verifies delivery & process is compliant with the
     standards, across all accredited centres

 • Accredited Centres:
   –   Registers Candidates with ECITB
   –   Deliver the assessment process to the candidates
   –   Internally verify the compliance with the NVQ processes
   –   Maintains candidate records

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12. What the candidate does
 • Does the day job:

    – Collects the evidence
    – Has meetings with his assessor to confirm:
          – the info meets the standards
          – maps to the units
    – Collates evidence, and unit assessment notes in
      portfolio
    – Completes all the selected units in accordance with
      Qualification framework
    – Completes Portfolio for submission for External
      verification

    – Gains the Qualification

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12. What the candidate does

 • Does the day job:

    – Collects the evidence
    – Has meetings with his assessor to confirm:
           – the info meets the standards
           – maps to the units
    – Collates evidence, and unit assessment notes in
      portfolio
    – Completes all the selected units in accordance with
      Qualification framework
    – Completes Portfolio for submission for External
      verification

    – Gains the Qualification
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13. The Assessor
 • Employed by the Assessment Centre
 • Must:
    – Sufficient experience as a practicing Project Control
      professional
    – Have completed an Assessors Qualification (A1) or
    – Undertaking an Assessor Qualification as a trainee
    – Attend regular standardisation forums with other Assessors

 • Undertakes
    – Arranges meetings with candidates
    – Reviews the evidence and Portfolio offered by the candidate
    – Signs off units and evidence when they meet the standards
    – Agrees plan at end of each meeting
    – Reports on candidate’s progress
    – Liaises with the candidates line manager
    – Sends completed Portfolio for External Verification (possibly
      in e Qual)
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14. What's in Level 2?
Project Control Qualification Structure – Foundation Level ( Level 2)
Aimed at Technical Assistants/Apprentices/Trade conversions
Mandatory Units (All 8 units must be completed)
•                                                                        Complete 11 units
    PC52 - Follow quality assurance procedures in carrying out project control activities
•   PC53 - Obtain and organise information for project control
•   PC54 - Process project control data using information technology (IT)
•   PC55 - Prepare documents for the execution of project control activities
•   PC17 - Contribute to effective project working relationships
•   PC56 - Plan and organise your assigned project control tasks
•   PC57 - Implement a personal project control competence development plan
•   PC58 - Work to the organisation’s procedures and practices relating to ethical and behavioral
    issues
Optional Units (Any 3 out of the 6 units must be completed)
•   PC59 - Support the preparation of project resource estimates and plans
•   PC60 - Support the preparation of budgets for control of the project
•   PC61 - Support the preparation of the programmes and schedules for the control of projects
•   PC62 - Monitor and report on progress and the use of resources
•   PC63 - Support the forecasting of final resource usage and programme completion dates
•   PC64 - Support the control of project scope changes




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15. What's in Level 3?
Project Control Qualification Structure – Intermediate Level
  (Level 3)
                                                 Complete 12 units
Aimed at assistant Project Control Practitioners
  Mandatory Units
•    PC2 – Apply information technology (IT) to project control
•    PC4 – Monitor risks and review contingencies
•    PC7 – Apply quality assurance procedures to project control activities
•    PC8 – Retrieve, record and present project control information
•    PC14 – Develop yourself in the project control work role
•    PC17 – Contribute to effective project working relationships
•    PC18 – Observe and apply professional ethics and values
Developing the project – Optional Units
(2 out of 4 Units to be completed)
•    PC24 – Prepare project cost estimates
•    PC25 – Prepare the project programme
•    PC26 – Plan the project procurement activities
•    PC28 – Apply procedures, methods and systems
Implementing the project – Optional Units
(3 out of 6 Units to be completed)
•    PC33 – Prepare project control budgets
•    PC34 – Prepare project control programmes and schedules
•    PC36 – Carry out project cost control activities
•    PC38 – Carry out project scheduling activities
•    PC45 – Calculate the financial outcomes of activities
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16. What's in Level 4 (slide 1)?
 Project Control Qualification Structure – Professional Level (Level 4)
 Aimed at developing a fully rounded Professional Project Controller
 Mandatory Units
 •    PC1 – Oversee the application of information technology (IT) to project control
 •    PC3 – Identify risks and evaluate options for their control
 •    PC5 – Monitor the implementation of risk control measures                     Complete 20 units
 •    PC6 – Assure and control the quality of project control activities
 •    PC9 – Acquire and handle information needed for project control
 •    PC18 – Observe and apply professional ethics and values
 •    PC19 – Plan and implement project control operational developments
 •    PC49 – Identify and quantify emerging changes
 •    PC50 – Ensure the completion of project control activities
 •    PC51 – Evaluate project controls performance and project information and data
 Working with people and managing yourself – Optional Units
 (3 out of 6 Units to be completed)
 •    PC10 – Provide advice and support to maintain progress
 •    PC11 – Manage the project control team – agree objectives with teams and individuals
 •    PC12 – Manage the project control team – allocate work
 •    PC13 – Manage the continuing development of your personal and project control professional skills
 •    PC15 – Develop the skills of your project control team members
 •    PC16 – Develop and maintain effective working relationships
 Developing the project – Optional Units
 (3 out of 6 Units to be completed)
 •    PC20 – Determine the requirements for project control
 •    PC21 – Estimate and specify financial resources
 •    PC22 – Develop the project programme
 •    PC23 – Establish project procurement requirements
 •    PC27 – Establish procedures, methods and systems
 •    PC29 – Develop commercial control procedures

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17. Whats in Level 4 (slide 2)?
    Project Control Qualification Structure – Professional Level
      (Level 4)

    Implementing the project – Optional Units
    (4 out of 13 Units to be completed)
    •   PC30 – Develop the work breakdown and coding structures
    •   PC31 – Establish project control budgets
    •   PC32 – Establish project control programmes and schedules
    •   PC35 – Monitor, control and report on exposure, commitment and
        expenditure
    •   PC37 – Monitor, control and report on project progress
    •   PC39 – Select tenderers and obtain estimates, bids and tenders
    •   PC40 – Evaluate and select successful bids from tenderers
    •   PC41 – Prepare the commercial aspects of bid and tender offers
    •   PC42 – Conclude arrangements for the supply of subcontracts, goods,
        materials and services
    •   PC43 – Forecast the use of project financial resources
    •   PC44 – Forecast the project schedule achievement
    •   PC47 – Evaluate the information and prepare claim submissions
    •   PC48 – Provide commercial support to the agreement of claims


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18. How long does it take?
   Common
   •   Each unit will probably need around 6 hours of candidates time
       and 1. 5 hours assessment time, dependent on experience
   •   The initial units will take longer as the Candidate learns the
       process

   Level 2
   •   Requires 11 units to be completed; it is expected to take about 9 to
       12 months

   Level 3
   •   Requires 12 units to be completed; it is expected to take about 9 to
       12 months

   Level 4
   •   Requires 20 units to be completed; it is expected to take about 12
       to 15 months
   •   Very Competent candidates have done it in less than 6 months,
       this is only where much of the evidence is already in place

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19. An employers view
    British Nuclear Group Case Study 2005
  • Around 40 successful candidates: Approx 8 still
    in the system at various stages
  • 2008 now around 60 candidates on
    programme
  • Used External Assessors and Assessment
    Centre:
    – Benchmarking across other Industries
    –Difficulty in securing continuity of Internal Assessors
    –Need to set up Accredited Administration Team for the
     Internal Centre.
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20. An employers view
     British Nuclear Group Case Study 2005

 •Candidate 1: (Turn around time 3 Years)
 •Late 30s Low Confidence
           - Assistant Planning Engineer (15 Years)
           - ONC Technical Assistant background
           - Actively involved in organising charity fund raising
 •Since NVQ level 4:
           - Self Worth improved massively
           - Willing to be the “Project Acupuncturist”
           - Now Lead Planning Engineer


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21. An employers view
    British Nuclear Group Case Study 2005
 • Candidate 2: (Turn around time 6 Years)

 • Late 20s low Career Aspiration/Enjoyed Work
       • Planning Assistant
          – Site Office Technical Assistant background
          – Very Capable at grade
          – Started on Level 3
 • Since NVQ level 4:
          – Worked in Planning, Risk and Estimating
          – Willing to be the “Project Acupuncturist”
          – Now Project Control Manager
          – Considered one of the High Fliers
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22. An employers view
     British Nuclear Group Case Study 2005
  • Candidate 3:(Turn around time 3 years)
  • Late 40s Personable
           – Lead Cost Engineer
           – HNC & HVAC Apprenticeship
           – Background QS companies
  • Since NVQ level 4:
           – Promoted to Programme Control Manager
           – Managed the supply of bought in Project
             Control Contractors service
           – Now Programme Office Resource manager
           – Has held Senior roles in the Professional body

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23. An employers view
    British Nuclear Group Case Study 2005

  • Candidate 4: (Turn around time 3 Years)
  • Early 40s Personable
           – HNC Mech with Apprenticeship
           – Planning, and Site background
           – Lead Planning Engineer in proposals
  • Since NVQ level 4:
           – Top Strategic Planner in Company
           – Working with Site Strategic Lead Team
           – Has gained real confidence as a consequence
           – Is a big believer in NVQs


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24. An employers view
     British Nuclear Group Case Study 2005

  • Candidate 5: (Career Stepping Stone)
  • Early 20s Personable
           – GCSEs
           – Clerical Background
           – Was developing as Technical Assistant in
             Estimating
  • Since NVQ level 3:
           – Continued in Estimating
           – Now a junior Cost Engineer
           – Undertaking an Electrical HNC
           – Will probably transfer into Design Office.

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25. An employers view
     British Nuclear Group Case Study 2005
  • Candidate 6:
  • Mid 40’s Easy going
           – HNC Mech with Apprenticeship
           – Planning, and Drawing Office background
           – One of the most experienced Planners in BEL
           – Lead Planning Engineer in Project Team
  • Never completed NVQ level 4:
           – Not committed to Qualification
           – Always had too much work
           – Now still Lead Planner/one of the best

  How do we prove his worth to the Client
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26. How can you help Provoc
  • ProVoc needs experienced Professionals
    from the industry to influence the future
    direction of the standards and
    qualification
    – to ensure their continued relevance
  • We need to push the uptake beyond current
    Engineering Construction base to ensure
    other Skill Sectors needs are covered
  • We need members to drive the NVQ
    programme into their respective supply
    chains to further strengthen the UK Plc
    capability
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27. How do you use the standards
  •   The standards are in the public domain, on the UKCES Website
      ukstandards.org.uk

  •   The Qualification structures are in the public domain, on the ECITB
      Website ecitb.org.uk

  •   Copies of these can also be seen on the ACostE website:
      acoste.org.uk

  • Use them to develop your business competency
    framework
           • Use that to develop your people
           • Use that for recruitment profiling
           • Develop training courses/Qualifications (Foundation Degrees)




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28. How do you put candidates
       on Programme
  2 current External Accredited Assessment
    Centres

    – TASC a not for Profit subsidiary of A Cost E
       • website: acoste.org.uk
       • Tel: 01270 766 180 (contact Helen Jackson)
    – KT Associates
       • website: kt-associates.org.uk
       • Tel: 01642 602 721 (contact Kit Lofthouse)
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28. How do you put candidates
on Programme
  • 2 current Accredited Assessment
    Centres
    – TASC a not for Profit subsidiary of A Cost E
       • website: acoste.org.uk
       • Tel: 01270 766 180
    – KT Associates
       • website: kt-associates.com
       • Tel: 01642 602 721

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29. How do you put candidates
     on Programme (cont)
  1 current Internal Accredited Assessment
    Centre

    – KBR (Kellog Brown and Root)
       • website: kbr.com
       • Tel: 01372 865 000 (contact Stacey Greenwood)
       • No Registered Project Control Candidates



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29. How do you put candidates
     on Programme (cont)
  1 current Internal Accredited Assessment
    Centre

    – KBR (Kellog Brown and Root)
       • website: kbr.com
       • Tel: 01372 865 000 (contact Stacey Greenwood)
       • No Registered Project Control Candidates



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30. Way forward for non project
      control disciplines


 • Identify Sector Skills Council for the discipline


 • Work with them to develop your own:
   – National Occupational Standards for the discipline
    – Suite of National Vocational Qualifications for the
      discipline
    – Suite of training courses



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 30. Want to know More
  • Please visit stand 118 and meet:




To discuss:

     Membership       Enrolling           Becoming
      Options &      candidates           One of the
       benefits                             team



                                     Any Questions

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- A Standard/Unit requirements
 A unit consists of three Sections:

 • You Must be able to do:
    – Lists all the must be able to do statements related to the unit skills
    – Candidate must provide evidence covering each of these, illustrating
      all main issues and covering the following scope and knowledge

 • Scope:
    – Lists all the ranges in application of skills to be demonstrated in the
      summary and evidence eg:
        • Lifecycle covers from inception to commissioned & operation in some
          organisation this can go through to decommission and disposal
        • Information sources covers: internal, external, contractors, suppliers
          Professional industry bodies etc

 • Knowledge:
    – Lists all the knowledge to be demonstrated in the summary and
      evidence eg:
        • Breakdown structures
        • Earned Value

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  Value of NVQ’s against other qualifications routes to Professional
           Status, and Membership of Professional bodies

                     INDICATIVE only



C Eng
                                                                                                                                                  Chartered Engineer
                                                                                                                              Institutional                                             Institutional
                                                                                                                             requirements                                              requirements
                       Mature Candidate Professional Portfolio and interview




                                                                                                                                                                      requirements
CC Eng                                                                                                            Level 5 NVQ,




                                                                                                                                                                       Institutional
                                                                                                                 Based on work                                                         Profession
                                                                               Certified Cost Engineer                                                                                  based M
I Eng                                                                          (International Cost Eng             evidence &
                                                                                                                     training                                                          Eng/MSc/
                                                                               Council)Institutional requirements to                  Incorporated Engineer                               MA
                                                                                       achieve Certified Cost Eng                     Institutional requirements to                                     Member
                                                                                                                                      achieve Incorporated Eng
BSc/Graduate                                                                                                       Level 4 NVQ                                                                          Graduate
                                                                                                                  Based on work
                                                                                                                evidence & training                                     Profession
                                                                                                                                               Profession                based M
                                                                                                                                              based HNC/D              Eng/BSc/BA
                                                                                                       Level 3 NVQ Based on
                                                                                                      work evidence & training

                                                                                             Level 2 VQ Based on work
 ONC / A level’s                                                                                evidence & training                                                                                     Student
                                                                                                                                   Profession               Science/numerate
                                                                                      Work based               Work                 ONC/D                   based A levels
                                                                                      training and           experience
Science/ math’s                                                                       development
GCSE’s

        Work based                                                                                                                                                                           Academic
        experience                                                                                                                                                                           experience


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