Level 2 NVQ in Sub-structure Work Occupations - Underpinning Operations (Excavated Underpinning)

This NVQ is eligible for a CITB qualification grant.

The Excavated Underpinning qualification structure below specifies the combination of units that need to be achieved for the individual to be awarded the qualification, for those working as a specialist in excavated underpinning operations within the construction industry.


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L2 NVQ Diploma in Sub-structure Work Occupations (Construction) - Underpinning Operations (Excavated Underpinning)

Minimum Credit Value: 81

Reference: 603/1279/8 

To achieve this qualification a minimum of 81 credits needs to be attained. This comprises the 4 mandatory units plus a minimum of 14 credits from ONE unit must come from Optional Group A with a further 44 credits from FOUR units which must come from Optional Group B.

Mandatory Units - The learner must achieve 23 credits from the 4 units in this Mandatory Group.

Optional Group A - The learner must achieve a minimum of 14 credits from at least 1 unit in this Optional Group.

Optional Group B - The learner must achieve a minimum of 44 credits from at least 4 units in this Optional Group.

Mandatory Units

Credit Value: 23 | Units Required: 4

Title Credits Level  
Unit Description
Setting out and marking positions for underpinning sequence in the workplace
Credits: 13 Level: 3 More info about this unit
Unit Description
Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
Credits: 5 Level: 2 More info about this unit
Unit Description
Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
Credits: 3 Level: 2 More info about this unit
Unit Description
Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
Credits: 2 Level: 1 More info about this unit

Optional Units

Credit Value: 58 | Units Required: 5

Title Credits Level More info
Group A - Excavating for underpinning in the workplace 14 2 More info
Group A - Excavating and providing temporary support to pits and trenches in the workplace 17 2 More info
Group B - Erecting and striking underpinning formwork in the workplace 9 2 More info
Group B - Installing reinforcement steel for underpinning in the workplace 17 2 More info
Group B - Installing dry packing in the workplace 9 2 More info
Group B - Repairing sub-structure after underpinning in the workplace 15 2 More info
Group B - Placing and compacting concrete in the workplace 11 2 More info
Group B - Installing, constructing, maintaining, dismantling and removing temporary works in the workplace 22 2 More info