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Level 6 NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations (Buying)


As a logistical, procurement and supply chain professional, management within construction buying is crucial to the success of a project. Responsible for seeking out and purchasing all materials, plant and equipment a project needs, management will also develop purchasing strategies, nurture good relationships with suppliers, coordinate with internal teams for their supply needs, and oversee the purchasing team in their daily activities.  

This Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management - Buying qualification enables delegates to demonstrate and recognise skills, knowledge and understanding and demonstrate competence in a real workplace environment.

The qualification is designed to prepare people for work in a management capacity with a primary focus on Buying. 

Course Outline

We assess delegates against performance and knowledge statements derived from National Occupational Standards - the Recommended Qualification Structure for Construction Contracting Operations Management Level 6.

While producing a portfolio of evidence, delegates will show how they have met each unit's performance and knowledge criteria required within the qualification, as directed by their assessor.

To pass this qualification, delegates must successfully complete and achieve all seven Mandatory Units and one Optional unit. 

Course Programme

Delegates taking this Level 6 Buying NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations will cover in-depth knowledge skills and practices to learn the fundamentals of construction buying.

The course content includes:

Mandatory Units - must achieve six

  • Planning, allocating and monitoring work in their own area of responsibility
  • Maintaining health, safety and welfare systems in construction contracting operations management
  • Implementing strategic and integrated supply chain management and sourcing partnerships
  • Identifying, assessing and evaluating project requirements Developing and maintaining working relationships and personal development
  • Chairing meetings and making decisions
  • Analysing, monitoring and optimising materials, plant and services in construction contracting operations management

Optional Units - must achieve one or more

  • Recording the condition of property in construction
  • Preparing proposals and obtaining feedback for the provision of products and services
  • Preparing, collecting, analysing and presenting survey data in construction
  • Preparing work operations in construction
  • Preparing and carrying out physical testing
  • Preparing estimates, bids and tenders
  • Preparing drawings and schedules for construction
  • Preparing and processing invitations to tender
  • Preparing and monitoring costs and accounts
  • Integrating and controlling project design information
  • Implementing construction contract work
  • Establishing and maintaining the dimensional control of construction works
  • Assess, plan, and monitor project methods and progress
On Completion

Upon successfully completing this qualification, delegates will have the skills, knowledge, understanding, and competence to progress to a higher-level qualification in the same or similar occupational area. They can also take employment as a Manager within the Construction Contracting Operations sector. 

In general terms, the construction industry will accept this qualification on its own as entry to a job role. 

Finally, as a result of completing the NVQ Level 6 Construction Management Buying Diploma, delegates can apply for the CSCS Black Card. 

Course Duration

Time taken for this course depends on delegate experience and circumstances. We advise between nine and twelve months from induction to complete this Level 6 NVQ.

Why Citrus?

Quality and the customer experience are paramount to us here at Citrus. We give exemplary service to our clients and produce excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors, proudly working with 85 of the country’s top 100 building services companies to provide courses nationwide. 

Take an NVQ with Citrus Training, and delegates are allocated a dedicated Assessor whose role is to communicate with and support delegates throughout their NVQ. They do this through a mixture of face-to-face meetings, online meetings and e-mail communications.

Our assessors are fully qualified and occupationally experienced from construction backgrounds to deliver Supervisory or Management NVQ qualifications within Construction. They travel nationwide to provide the necessary support for Supervisory or Management NVQ qualifications. Working closely with our in-house support teams, among the largest in the UK, together we provide a tailored mix of training, consultancy, and technical services. The result is comprehensive, high-quality training leaving delegates confident to do their job and our business customers satisfied with an excellent customer experience.

Things You Need to Know

The Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management - Buying qualification is designed to occur in a real workplace environment, which means delegates must be employed to take this qualification. 

Before joining the course, delegates must ensure they can gather the necessary evidence to meet all performance requirements set out in the standards. 

Once the candidate has completed their NVQ and obtained their CSCS Black Card, their CSCS card is valid for five years. It can be renewed by a Construction Skills Manager with a touch screen Health and Safety test, revalidating it for a further five years.

A CITB grant is available for companies registered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Enquire to learn more about funding options.

Popular FAQ's

CITB registered companies can claim a £1500 grant on successful completion of a Management NVQ.

Some NVQs can be completed as part of our apprenticeship programme, which can offer a fully funded NVQ, subject to eligibility.

We offer NVQ in plant and lifting operations. We also offer supervisory and management NVQs.

Yes, NVQ in plant and lifting operations can lead to a CPCS or NPORS blue card. Level 3-4 supervisory NVQs can lead to a gold supervisors CSCS card and level 5-7 management NVQs can lead to a black manager’s CSCS card.

No, in order to complete an NVQs you must be working in the appropriate role. Evidence must be gathered for the NVQ portfolio, which will not be possible unless you’re are actively doing the relevant job. Once registered for an NVQ, you can apply for a red trainee supervisor’s/manager’s card which will allow you to carry out supervisory/managerial duties on site with s valid CSCS card.

Please contact one of the team. They will send over a quote along with our NVQ sign-up form for you to complete and return for each candidate you want to enrol.

We require a 50% initial payment, which is non-refundable and the remaining 50% is paid on completion.

NVQs can take between 6 to 18 month, depending on the NVQ you take. This can take longer if being completed as part of an apprenticeship. The assessor will arrange visits with you as needed until your portfolio is complete.

Once we have received your signed NVQ contract and initial payment, you will be allocated an assessor who will be in touch with you/your line manager to arrange your initial visit. This initial contact can take up to 6-8 weeks and subsequent visits will be arranged as needed.

Yes, please contact the team for details of a volume discount. We can also use a classroom delivery model for some NVQs, which can offer even further savings. 

NVQs are a lifetime award, so the certificate will not expire. To renew your CSCS card, you just need to retake the appropriate Health and Safety Touch Screen Test.

No, an assessor requires access to visit you onsite for the completion of an NVQ.

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