Basic Construction Skills (6217)

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2016
Thinking about a career in construction? Try your hand at a variety of different construction and building tasks with this basic construction skills qualification. Choose from different courses, ranging from carpentry to painting to plumbing, and get a feel for whether a career in construction is right for you.
Construction skills qualifications are  suitable for individuals of any age wanting an introduction to the construction industry, or for learners interested in learning more about construction jobs like plumbing, painting and decorating, carpentry and plastering. You don't need any experience - you just need to be serious about having a go and seeing if construction is the right career for you.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You'll cover things like:

  • laying flooring
  • making casement windows
  • spray painting and roller painting techniques
  • removing and refitting a water-filled radiator
  • working with steel pipework and fittings
  • constructing a panelled door
  • installing a one-way lighting circuit
  • constructing single flue chimney and pot.

To get a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) you learn with your training provider - maybe through practical sessions, group discussions or assignments.

VRQs are usually assessed by your training provider using assignments, practical task, exams or online tests.

For the Introductory Certificate and the Certificate in Basic Construction Skills, you'll learn the key elements of the unit through practical activities. This includes learning basic health and safety as well as good working practices.

You'll demonstrate your progress through practical assignments. There is also an optional multiple-choice online exam covering health, safety and working practices. It's a good idea to take this optional exam if you're thinking of progressing to another qualification.

This is available at Level 1.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Certificates in Construction is an ideal way to get into a more advanced qualification or apprenticeship that can lead to a career in construction - whether as a builder, plumber, painter or almost any other kind of construction worker.

Once you've finished the Introductory Certificate in Basic Construction Skills, you'll want to think about other qualifications that can give you the skills you need for a job in construction crafts:

  • the Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills
  • an apprenticeship in construction - gain construction skills by working with and learning from a mentor.

To learn other construction skills, such as furniture-making and bricklaying, take a look at our other construction qualifications.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

The Introductory Certificate in Basic Skills in Construction is quite flexible, and can be taught using a variety of methods. Often learners are helped to master the key elements of each unit using practical activities. All units will be assessed using practical assignments.

There is also a multiple-choice test on basic health and safety topics, plus good working practices. This is optional for learners and is offered through our e-assessment platform.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

Level 1

This level provides an introduction to the construction industry. You don't need any experience - you just need to be serious about having a go and seeing if construction is the right career for you.

There are eight qualifications to choose from, depending whether you want an introduction to a specific trade or a broader introduction:

  • Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Basic Construction Skills
  • Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Carpentry and Joinery
  • Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Painting and Decorating
  • Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Plastering
  • Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Woodworking (Carpentry and Joinery)
  • Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Woodworking (Furniture making)
  • Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Bricklaying
  • Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Multi-crafts.

For the Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Basic Skills in Construction, there are no required units, you just choose eight from a range that includes:

  • Hanging an internal door
  • Making a casement window
  • Applying oil-based paint to walls by roller
  • Rust removal and priming metal
  • Removal and refitting a water-filled radiator
  • Repairing a patch in a plastered wall
  • Copper pipe bending and jointing
  • Constructing one-brick wall in English bond
  • Cutting, bending and threading conduit
  • Constructing haunched mortice and tenon
  • Constructing brick and block gable end.

If you choose a qualification in one of the specialist areas, you will complete both mandatory and optional units.

Full details about the units and course requirements can be found in the qualification handbooks in the additional documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Certificates in Construction are an ideal way to get into a more advanced qualification or apprenticeship that can lead to a career in construction - whether as a builder, plumber, painter or almost any other kind of construction worker.

Once you've finished the Introductory Certificate in Basic Construction Skills, you'll want to think about other qualifications that can give you the skills you need for a job in construction crafts. 

Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Basic Construction Skills (6217-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills

  • Accreditation No: 100/5404/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Carpentry and Joinery (6217-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Carpentry and Joinery

  • Accreditation No: 100/5405/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Carpentry and Joinery

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Painting and Decorating (6217-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Painting and Decorating

  • Accreditation No: 100/5405/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Painting and Decorating

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Plastering (6217-04)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Plastering

  • Accreditation No: 100/5405/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Plastering

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Woodworking (Carpentry and Joinery) (6217-05)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Woodworking (Carpentry and Joinery)

  • Accreditation No: 100/5405/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Woodworking (Carpentry and Joinery)

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Woodworking (Furniture Making) (6217-06)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Woodworking (Furniture Making)

  • Accreditation No: 100/5405/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Woodworking (Furniture Making)

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Bricklaying (6217-07)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Bricklaying

  • Accreditation No: 100/5405/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Multi-Crafts (6217-08)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills - Multi-Crafts

  • Accreditation No: 100/5405/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 300 - 330 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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