The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

Building Services Qualifications

The main qualification levels in the building services engineering sector are:

> National Vocational Qualification Diplomas / Scottish Vocational Qualifications
> National Certificate / National Diploma
> Higher National Certificate / Higher National Diploma
> Degree level - BEng and MSc

The qualifications chart shows the range of NVQ Diplomas and SVQs available in the sector.  

SummitSkills has developed a Sector Qualifications Strategy that outlines and examines solutions and recommendations that could enhance the sector's business performance over the next 10 years.

For higher level qualifications, it's wise to ensure that they meet the criteria for registered engineer status. Many of the professional institutions within the sector give details of colleges and universities offering degree courses accredited by them and HNC/HND courses which may in part or fully satisfy the educational base for Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer registration.

Higher Level skills and qualifications

Equivalence framework for non-UK qualifications

SummitSkills' equivalence framework maps non-UK qualifications against the UK equivalent qualifications in electrotechnical and mechanical services.  It is intended to guide employers and individuals on the training and competence standards that people from other countries require to work in building services engineering in the UK.

The framework was developed in conjunction with the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC), the national agency providing the only official source of comparison informaton and advice on international education and training systems, and overseas skills and qualifications.

To find out more, click on the link above to access the information flyer or visit the dedicated equivalence framework website.

Members of the APHC, ECA, B&ES, SNIPEF and SELECT can access the information free of charge through their trade associations.  Non-members can apply for access to the framework by emailing for application information and payment instructions - prices start at just £25 for five days access.

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