Qualifications for Managers and Supervisors

For the developing supervisor and manager or company wishing to develop their supervisors and managers, there are two principle routes if you wish to develop them through the use of qualifications and to accredit their knowledge, understanding and/or competence.

These two routes are QCF VRQs (Vocationally Related Qualifications) and QCF NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications). The basic differences are:

  • QCF VRQs This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification – These qualifications are Content Led and therefore are structured to be delivered in a training room environment. Normally delivered over a set period of time, varying on whether it is a Award, Certificate or Diploma, usually at around one Module (subject matter) every four weeks followed by a Work Based Assignment to apply the new knowledge into their workplace. Candidates work in groups. The programme is usually finished by a formal Project and Presentation. These programmes allow an employer to fix the required content however, all candidates must attend all modules regardless of whether they are competent in that area already or not. These qualifications focus on Knowledge and Understanding development and, do not provide prove of competence.
  • QCF NVQs  This is a Knowledge and Competence Qualification – These qualifications are Candidate Led and therefore, structured around the candidate and delivered in the workplace. Whilst there can be a group induction, it is expected that each candidate for a QCF NVQ will plan an individual approach to their qualification with their allocated Assessor. Rather than as with VRQs developing knowledge by attending a set group of modules; existing Knowledge, Understanding and Skills are taking into account and instead, Skills Gaps are identified and then appropriate training or one-to-one coaching is usually provided for that specific requirement. These qualifications usually have Optional Units so that employers (or the candidates themselves) can ‘tailor’ the qualification to their needs.  These qualifications focus on proving Competence, Knowledge and Understanding.

Qualification Sizes

There are three (3) sizes of qualifications in the QCF and each ‘credit’ equates to approximately 10 hours of learning:

  • Award: 1 to 12 credits / 10 to 120 hours of learning
  • Certificate: 13 to 36 credits / 130 to 360 hours of learning
  • Diploma: 37 credits or more / 370 or more hours of learning

For Team Leaders

For Supervisors and First Line Managers

For Managers

  • Level 4 Award in Leadership and Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 4 Diploma in Leadership and Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 4 Award in Leadership This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 4 Award in Managing Equality and Diversity This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 4 Extended Diploma in Leadership and Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification

For Middle Managers

  • Level 5 QCF NVQ Diploma in Management This is a Knowledge and Competence Qualification
  • Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 5 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management Skills This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 5 Certificate in Service Improvement This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 5 Certificate in Action Learning Facilitation This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 5 Diploma in Action Learning Facilitation This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 5 Extended Diploma in Leadership and Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification

For Upper-Middle Managers

  • Level 6 Award in Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 6 Diploma in Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification

For Senior Managers, Director, Owners

  • Level 7 QCF NVQ Diploma in Management This is a Knowledge and Competence Qualification
  • Level 7 Award in Executive Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 7 Certificate in Executive Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 7 Diploma in Executive Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 7 Award in Strategic Leadership This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
  • Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Executive Management This is a Knowledge ONLY Qualification
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