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Wood Occupations Site Carpentry

This course is available for candidates who are 19+, employed or self employed, with some experience in the trade of Carpentry.

You will be assessed at the workplace and you may be invited to attend some session at college (depending on circumstances).This course has an excellent pass rate!There are three mandatory units and three optional units in the NVQ qualification.
There are specific sets of knowledge and skills for each unit which must be achieved. The assessment briefings and the support of your assessor will give you the information you need to achieve each criteria.

Mandatory Units:
– Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
– conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
– moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace

Optional Units (three required):
1) Installing first fixing components in the workplace
Install four of the following to given working instructions:
– Frames (door and/or window)
– Linings (door and/or hatch)
– Floor joist coverings (or flat roof decking)
– Partitions (straight)
– Staircases (straight)

2) Installing second fixing components in the workplace
Install five of the following to given working instructions:
– Side hung doors
– Mouldings (standard architrave, skirting)
– Ironmongery
– Service encasement
– Wall and floor units/fitments
– Cladding
– Stair components (balustrades, handrails, spindles)

3) Erecting structural carcassing components in the workplace
Erect one of the following to given working instructions:
– Inclined roofs with gables
– Roof verge and eaves finishings
– Joists (ground, upper or flat roof), including coverings (flat roofs, decks or floors)

4) Maintaining non-structural carpentry work in the workplace
Repair and/or replace four of the following to given working instructions:
– Frames
– Mouldings
– Doors
– Windows (including replacement glazing)
– Door and/or window ironmongery
– Verge and/or eaves
– Guttering and downpipes
– Sash cords

5) Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace
Set up and use three of the following cutting machines to given working instructions:
– Saw (three from the following: circular, chop, mitre, bench, jig, reciprocating, alligator or scroll)
– Drill
– Morticer
– Tenoner
– Biscuit jointer
– Disc cutter

6) Set up and use two of the following shaping machines to given working instructions:
– Planer (thicknesser, surfacer)
– Sander (orbital, belt, disc)
– Router
– Grinder

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13/09/2021 : Mid Devon : Part-time
Course Code : PTT268
Level : Level 2
Duration : 2 Years
Mid Devon campus Enquire

Course details


You will undergo progressive theoretical and practical assessments on the completion of the elements in each unit. You will also have to produce a portfolio of evidence.

Entry Requirements

Maths and English would be an advantage.


Successful completion of the NVQ Level 2 could lead you to progress onto the NVQ Level 3 in Site Carpentry. You can also progress beyond to higher level NVQ or apprenticeships at Level 4, 5 & 6.

Facilities and resources

Petroc are proud to offer modern, state of the workshops, fully equipped with the latest industry tooling and equipment.


Q: Will I have to study at home?

A: Yes, Home Study will be required.

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Staring Date : 13/09/2021
Course Code : PTT268 Mid Devon campus Enquire

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