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Land Drilling NVQ. // Proving your competence.


National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) for Land Drilling are nationally recognised qualifications which demonstrate and prove that you are working to national standards and are competent in your specialised field. Equipe provide Level 2 NVQs for Land Drilling and Level 3 Diplomas in Advanced Land Drilling.

Since 1999 the Land Drilling NVQ has become increasingly important as the industry strives to improve standards and results. At Equipe, we pride ourselves on being the UK's leading provider of Land Drilling NVQs and are able to provide qualified A1 Assessors to carry out on-site assessments and training across the whole of the UK.

We can help you prove your competency and become compliant.

We can complete site visits across the UK and provide timely, accurate and helpful feedback on NVQ attainment criteria instantly.

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Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Land Drilling

The Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Land Drilling is now available through Equipe and we are looking for the first candidates in the UK to obtain this unique qualification. The Level 3 is aimed at experienced Lead Drillers who are progressing or carry out supervision and are involved in more complex drilling projects.

Equipe is the first training provider to be approved by the BDA to deliver the Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Land Drilling. The qualification was developed by an industry working party and the awarding body, MPQC, who registered the qualification.

The Level 3 provides a career path for Lead Drillers and recognises the skills and ability required to act as a drilling supervisor and when completing more complex drilling activities. The qualification requires the Lead Driller to understand and perform a much wider variety of drilling, sampling and testing. It also requires them to be able to coordinate and organise drilling activities, lead teams as well as contributing to promoting a positive safety, health and environmental culture.

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What is the Land Drilling NVQ?

The Land Drilling NVQ Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification which allows learners to demonstrate and prove that they are working to national standards and are competent in their specialised field. It also allows for learning, development and sharing best practice. It is a valuable qualification that is now a requirement on all sites throughout the UK.

Land Drilling NVQs are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) which are statements of performance that describe what competent people in a particular occupation are expected to be able to do.

They cover all the main aspects of an occupation, including health and safety, current industry best practice, communication skills, the ability to adapt to future requirements and the knowledge and understanding that underpin competent performance.

Following a recent review of the NOS, the BDA worked with awarding body MP Awards, Equipe and other industry experts to develop a revised NVQ based on the reviewed standards. This new, more robust and specialist NVQ was designed to more accurately reflect the role of the Lead Driller and the Support Operative.

We can provide assessments for Level 2 and Level 3 NVQs in Land Drilling for Lead Drillers and Drilling Support Operatives (Second Men).

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How are NVQs achieved?

NVQs are achieved through on-the-job assessment and training - otherwise known as OSAT – On Site Assessment and Training. NVQs are assessed on practical assignments and a portfolio of evidence is produced by the learning candidates.

We have a team of qualified and highly experienced NVQ Assessors who observe the candidates before assessing their knowledge, aiming to ensure that they are able to demonstrate the required level of competence to meet the NVQ standards in the real work environment.

Our Assessors will assess the candidates' underpinning knowledge, understanding and work-based performance and 'sign-off' units when the candidate can demonstrate competence in the workplace.

Why use us for your NVQ?

Unrivalled experience

We have been at the forefront of the development and promotion of the Land Drilling NVQ since 2008.

In addition, we were heavily involved with the development of the new MP Awards Land Drilling NVQ before becoming an MP Awards approved NVQ Center for Land Drilling. We know the Land Drilling NVQ like the back of our hands.

Passionate and thorough.

Equipe have a team of dedicated, experienced and qualified NVQ Assessors and Internal Verifiers/IQAs and trainers to carry out on-the-job assessments and training - all to the highest possible standard.

To us, the NVQ is not simply a box-ticking exercise.

We will guide both the employer and candidate through the requirements of their NVQ to ensure that candidates assessment experience is as seemless and enjoyable as possible, with the sole outcome being the candidates understanding of their job role and responsibilities, aiming to make them an even better and safer operator.

If you require NVQ urgently, please contact us as soon as possible. Provided that all paperwork can be compeelted and required evidence can be collected and competence proven in a timely manner, we can complete a full Land Drilling Level 2 NVQ in just 10 weeks.

Specialist training

The NVQs assume that the candidate is already an experienced worker and so the emphasis on completion of the qualification is on obtaining evidence against the assessment criteria rather than training.

The only mandatory training required is for Lead Drillers to undertake a cable avoidance course in line with HSG47, such as our own IOSH Avoiding Danger from Underground Services. If you complete your NVQ with us, we'll give you a 10% discount on the fee for this training course.

We also offer Wire Rope Inspection training free of charge for all candidates that undertake NVQ assessments with us.

However, should additional training be deemed necessary, Equipe can offer unrivalled experience in the provision of appropriate training.

Additional training is only provided where skills gaps are identified and discussed and agreed between the employer, candidate and Equipe.

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