Plant Operations

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but candidates must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

What Does The Course Cover?

The qualification will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as slinging and signalling the movement of loads, and guiding and moving loads or machinery. Learners can specialise in various specialist plant machines including forklift trucks, excavators, scissor platforms, and cranes.

It includes preparing and operating cranes or machinery to:

  • lift and transfer loads
  • excavate materials
  • extract materials

Who Is This Course Aimed At?

This course is suitable for candidates who operate lifting or plant machinery in the workplace and for anyone looking to demonstrate occupational competence in operating plant.

The qualification is aimed at candidates aged 16 or over and are employed or seeking employment as:

  • a plant operator
  • a loader securer
  • a crane and specialist lifting plant operator

How Can This Course Help Progress My Career?

Achievement of the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations could enable the holder to work with the machinery and equipment used on major civil engineering projects, construction and house-building sites, roadworks, demolition sites, quarries and railways.

This could include machinery such as:

  • 180 and 360-degree excavators
  • earth-moving bulldozers and dump trucks
  • loading shovels
  • mobile and crawler cranes
  • tower cranes
  • compactors used for levelling out work areas
  • piling rigs
  • concrete pumps

This qualification can also lead to supervisory qualifications such as:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision

and provide invaluable practical experience for those who aspire to the more technical professions. It can also be used to broaden a skills set and to increase employability in the civil engineering industry.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but candidates must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

Our assessors will carry out an initial assessment of each candidate’s skills and knowledge to identify any gaps and help plan the assessment.


This qualification is competence-based meaning that candidates must demonstrate the level of competence described in the units.

Assessment is the process of measuring a candidate’s skill, knowledge and understanding against the standards set in the qualification. The qualifications will be assessed in a work environment and in accordance with the Construction Skills’ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment, as well as being assessed by an appropriately experienced and qualified assessor.

Each candidate is required to produce a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their achievement of all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each unit. Evidence can include:

  • Observation report by assessor
  • Assignments/projects/reports
  • Professional discussion
  • Witness testimony
  • Candidate product
  • Worksheets
  • Record of oral and written questioning
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

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