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National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) are work-related, competence-based qualifications. They are based on national occupational standards developed by Sector Skills Councils and Standard Setting Bodies in consultation with employers.  NVQs and SVQs reflect the skills and knowledge required by people working in particular industries.

The current NVQs are being redeveloped for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).  NVQ will still be retained as a brand name in some sectors.

In order to achieve an NVQ or SVQ, a learner must demonstrate that he/she is working to the national occupational standard. Learners are normally assessed through observation by a qualified assessor experienced in that industry. Learners will provide evidence from their job role demonstrating their competence. They will also be assessed (for example by their assessor or through formal tests such as Technical Certificates) in the knowledge required by the standards.

NVQs are quality assured through a network of External Verifiers employed by EDI.

EDI awards NVQs and their QCF equivalents in the following industries:

Please click here to view the full range of qualifications that EDI offers or use the Qualification Search facility for more information.

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