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Construction Maintenance Operations

This is a work-based learning qualification that enables learners to work as a maintenance operative in the construction industry. As a maintenance operative, learners will carry out general repairs and maintenance to brickwork, paint, plaster, woodwork and other elements of existing buildings. Students will perform tasks associated with a wide variety of different trades, rather than specialising in just one area.

About this qualification

This is a QCF qualification that confirms competency in working as a maintenance operative. Learners will learn how to conform to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace, how to conform to productive working practices in the workplace and how to move, handle and store resources in the workplace, as well as developing the knowledge and skills to work competently in repair and refurbishment on a construction site. There are no entry requirements for this qualification – anyone over the age of 16 that is seeking to demonstrate competence in working in building maintenance occupations can take this qualification. However, learners are likely to hold other qualifications, such as the Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills, or have significant experience working in repair and refurbishment in the construction industry.

Core units:

  • Safe Working Practises in Construction
  • Information and Quantities
  • Building Methods and Construction Technology
  • Masonry Trade Repairs
  • Painting and Decorating and Associated Trade Repairs
  • Plastering Trade Repairs
  • Plumbing Trade Repairs
  • Wood Trade Repairs

Practical activities include:

  • Splicing Door Frames and Re-hanging Doors
  • Fixing Glass and Furniture to Doors
  • Removing and Repairing Damaged Roofing Components
  • Cutting and Fixing Guttering
  • Renewing Basic Plumbing Components
  • Renewing Sink and Sanitary Appliances
  • Cutting out and Replacing Damage Wall Tiling
  • Renewing Damaged Plasterboard and Plaster

Why take this qualification?

City & Guilds offers a range of qualifications in construction crafts: Level 1, 2 and 3 Diplomas that are taught full-time in college, and Level 2 and 3 NVQs that are completed in the workplace (work based learning). Diplomas can teach advanced skills and gain the learner employment, however many large construction sites require the NVQ to demonstrate the learner is able to work safely and competently on-site.

Learners will take this Level 2 NVQ qualification if they are currently employed or have previously been employed in maintenance operations and have acquired knowledge and experience over time.

Learners will take this qualification as part of an Apprenticeship if they are new to the construction industry. In the apprenticeship you will also need to undertake an additional knowledge based qualification as well as be assessed in functional skills in maths and English.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification prepares learners for work in the construction industry, with a specific focus on maintenance operations. Upon completion learners can apply to CSCS, or other industry card schemes, to gain a skills card that will enable them to work on site in their chosen trade. If learners wish to progress to become a supervisor working on site, they may wish to study any of the following qualifications:

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision (Construction)

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is widely supported in the construction sector. We are grateful to have specific support from the Federation of Master Builders for the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance Multi-trade Repair and Refurbishment Operations.


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