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Vocational Training Programme UK


The UK's Qualification is the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) for England & Wales and is achieved by studying and qualifying in the following disciplines.

  • The Painting & Decorating Diploma. This Qualification consists of general core modules, painting & decorating specific modules, practical assignments and on line testing of knowledge. The training is carried out at training establishments throughout the country and each module has specific guided learning hours and credit values. There are three levels 1,2 & 3.
  • Require the knowledge and understanding of Health & Safety within the industry. Complete the online test.
  • Produce a portfolio of evidence showing the competence of skills gained through training that is now being produced on the site/workplace.
  • The management levels of NVQ 4 & 5 do not include practical painting & decorating skills.

The industry is currently considering the introduction of a Master Craftsman route.