You may not be aware but the City and Guilds 2356 is now being replaced by the City and Guilds 2357-13 Level 3 NVQ diploma in installing electro technical systems and equipment.
If you are currently working as an electrician but have never gained your NVQ, you still have the opportunity to do so, even though the qualifications have been renamed and changed. So all that you would have achieved previously will not be lost, you won’t have to start all over again, as this new award recognises all the work that you would have carried out previously and the skills that you would have gained.
If you have already taken and have successfully achieved your City and Guilds 2330 at levels 2and 3, you now have the chance to try and achieve your NVQ. If you want to try and gain your NVQ then you must successfully complete the City and Guilds 2357 before you can proceed further with your NVQ.
So if you have already completed your technical certificates, this is your opportunity to progress further onto the 2357 level 3 NVQ diploma, you don’t have to retake any of the assessments that you have already undertaken.
In order to successfully achieve your City and Guilds 2357 Level 3 diploma, you will have to have on site assessments, but before you have the assessments you will have to undertake one unit from the City and Guilds 2357 which relates to Enviromental Technologies.
Enviromental Technologies is a new addition to the full electrical qualifications and will cover, heat pumps, biomass heating and solar thermal hot water heating to mention but a few.
When you are ready an NVQ advisor will arrange to come and visit you at a place of work, where they will watch you and will ask you questions about your trade. The advisor will sign off different units as you carry out projects, marking you as they see fit. They will watch how you cope with the pressures and hazards of working on site. You will have the onsite assessments until you build up a suitable portfolio of work, if you successfully meet with the standards required you will be awarded with your NVQ, if however you fail to meet with the standards on this occasion, your advisor will tell you what you can improve on to try and help you pass next time.
An NVQ is a nationally recognised award and is well worth obtaining to greatly improve your job prospects, as clients are far more likely to hire an electrician with an NVQ than an electrician without, it will reassure them that you are a fully competent electrician and that the job you will carry out will be safe.
I hope this article has helped gain you more information about the new City and Guilds 2357–13 Level 3 NVQ Diploma and I wish you all the best in aiming to achieve this award.