Qualification Overview 


This qualification is vocationally based and as such, offers the opportunity for learners to demonstrate an achievement of practical skills, understanding and knowledge in the workplace. Learners will gain knowledge on generic skills such as health and safety, moving and handling and working productively. In addition learners will demonstrate their ability in setting out and erecting masonry structures. Learners will complete at least one optional component from erecting masonry cladding, thin joint masonry structures, placing and finishing non-specialist concrete, maintain slate and tile roofing., repairing and maintaining masonry structures, producing solid plaster finishes, external render or installing drainage.

This qualification has been developed with reference to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and completion of the qualification will provide learners with evidence of their occupational competence and could enable them to progress onto additional training at this level such as the NOCN Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations.

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Topics Covered In This Qualification

  • Producing External Solid Render Finishes in the Workplace

  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace


Achievement of this qualification confirms the learner has gained the knowledge and skills required to:

  • work in trowel occupations.

  • progress onto a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations

Entry Requirements

Learners must be aged 16 and over and as a NVQ they must be employed in an appropriate role to be able to generate evidence of competence and simulation is not allowed. Colleges/training providers must ensure that all learners have the ability and attributes to achieve the qualification given access to the appropriate facilities, resources, training and support within a college/training provider and workplace setting. This could include a relevant level of literacy and numeracy.

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