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Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Senior Management in Construction


A senior manager is typically responsible for planning, nurturing and directing the work and development of a group of employees. Senior managers can guide workers directly or often direct several supervisors who directly manage the workers.

A senior site manager oversees a construction site to ensure projects are completed on time through effective budget management, client coordination, and worker supervision and development. They will also uphold and maintain quality standards and controls, manage risk and be responsible for multiple employees at any one time.

This Level 7 NVQ Diploma for Senior Management in Construction qualification enables delegates to demonstrate and recognise skills, knowledge and understanding and demonstrate competence in a real workplace environment.

The qualification prepares people for work in a senior management capacity in the construction sector.

Course Outline

We assess delegates against performance and knowledge statements derived from National Occupational Standards - the Recommended Qualification Structure for Senior Management in Construction Level 7.

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 eleven Mandatory Units and five Optional units. 

Course Programme

Delegates taking this Level 7 NVQ in Senior Management in Construction will cover in-depth knowledge, skills, and practices to learn senior management fundamentals in construction.

The course content includes:

Mandatory Units - must achieve all eleven:

  • Recruiting staff in their own area of responsibility
  • Providing advice, judgement and service ethically in construction management
  • Planning, allocating and monitoring work of a team
  • Planning, assigning and monitoring work in their own area of responsibility
  • Participating in meetings
  • Managing teams in construction management
  • Managing project processes
  • Leading and managing meetings
  • Examining staff turnover issues in their own area of responsibility
  • Developing self and others in construction management
  • Controlling projects in construction management

Optional Units- must achieve five:

  • Preparing and agreeing a project brief and outline programme
  • Managing the preparation and submission of estimates, bids and tenders
  • Implementing, monitoring and controlling strategic procurement systems
  • Evaluating and progressing the resolution of contractual disputes
  • Directing the management of design development and processes in construction management
  • Managing budgets and contract entitlement
  • Assessing and evaluating the sustainability and environmental impact of developments in construction management
  • Managing the handover of the construction project
  • Managing marketing and customer service in construction management
  • Implementing procurement processes
  • Evaluating sustainable resources and requirements for the whole life cycle of a construction project
  • Establishing project procurement arrangements in construction management
  • Ensuring that contracts are prepared, negotiated and agreed upon in construction management
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 Senior Manager in Construction.

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 7 Senior Management in Construction, delegates can apply for the CSCS Black Card as long as they perform senior managerial work on the site. 

Who Should Attend?

Any employee who works in or is entering into Senior Management within construction and needs to obtain a Black CSCS card and a nationally recognised qualification.

Course Duration

Time taken to complete this course depends on a delegate's experience and circumstances. We advise between 12 and 18 months from induction to complete this Level 7 NVQ. 

Why Citrus?

Quality and the customer experience are paramount to us here at Citrus. We passionately provide 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, 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 7 NVQ Diploma Senior Management in Construction qualification is designed to occur in a real workplace environment. This 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 Supervisor with a touch screen Health and Safety test, revalidating it for another 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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