CVQ - Caribbean Vocational Qualification

CVQ

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Overview

The Caribbean Vocational Qualification or CVQ as it is commonly called, is based on a competency based approach to training, assessment and certification. Candidates are expected to demonstrate competence in attaining occupational standards developed by practitioners, industry experts and employers. Those standards when approved by CARICOM allow for easy movement across the Region. Currently, CVQs are planned to reflect a Qualification framework of five levels. These are:

Level 1 Directly Supervised/Entry –Level Worker
Level 2 Supervised Skilled Worker
Level 3 Independent or Autonomous Skilled Worker
Level 4 Specialized or Supervisory Worker
Level 5 Managerial and/or Professional Worker

CVQs are awarded to those candidates who would have met the required standards in all of the prescribed units of study.

Statements are issued in cases where candidates did not complete all the requirements for the award of CVQ.

Schools that are suitably equipped currently offer Levels 1 & 2.

Approved Standards

These are the Regional benchmarks or specifications of expected work performance developed by the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) and approved by CARICOM. These standards provide the basis for the curriculum materials used in the instructional setting of schools preparing candidates for the CVQ.

Preparations

Preparation in schools requires the collaboration of The Ministry of Education and the Ministry/Agency responsible for Industrial training, and CXC. The Ministry of Education has the responsibility for translating the approved standards into appropriate curriculum, equipping the schools with the required resources and training teachers for delivery of programs in secondary schools. The teachers/assessors should be well qualified and be knowledgeable about the world of work. There should also be sufficient numbers of teachers/assessors available to ensure adequate monitoring. Facilities should have up-to-date equipment and the required technologies, or candidates should be exposed through job experience. The delivery methods should allow for a maximum learning effect. Career guidance should be available from the beginning of the learner’s training, until the end of the training when guidance should be available in seeking employment.

National Training Agencies (NTAs) are expected to interact closely with the schools. The agencies help to orient staff to the approaches in assessing competency. They also provide a necessary link to the industry sector so that students benefit from sufficient practical and theoretical elements throughout the training program. The NTAs conduct the facility audit at each school before the program of instruction commences and supply qualified personnel who function as external verifiers.

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), as mandated by the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) XV, is the awarding body of the CVQ to students in secondary schools throughout the region. CXC’s prime responsibility is quality assurance.

The CVQ Handbook is an interactive guide designed to provide a step by step approach for the implementation of CVQ programmes.

CVQ CERTIFICATIONS Level
AGRO-FOOD PROCESSING 1
AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE FOUNDATION SKILLS 1
BASIC CHAINING 1
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION DRAFTING 1
CARPENTRY 1
COMMERCIAL FOOD PREPARATION (COOKERY) 1
COMMERCIAL FOOD PREPARATION (STEWARDING) 1
COMMUNITY TOURISM 1
CRICKET PITCH AND FIELD MAINTENANCE 1
CROP PRODUCTION 1
CROP PRODUCTION – GROW BOX OPERATIONS 1
CUSTOMER SERVICE 1
DAIRY FARMING OPERATIONS 1
DATA OPERATIONS 1
DRAPERY MAKING 1
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT 1
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION 1
ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS TECHNOLOGY 1
EVENTS MANAGEMENT SERVICES (BALLOON CRAFT) 1
EXTRUSION OPERATIONS 1
FABRIC DESIGN 1
FISH HANDLING AND PROCESSING 1
FLORAL ARRANGEMENT 1
FLUID POWER EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 1
FRONT OFFICE (UNIFORM SERVICES – BELLMAN) 1
FURNITURE FINISHING 1
FURNITURE MAKING 1
GARMENT PRODUCTION 1
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION 1
GENERAL COSMETOLOGY 1
GENERAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION (OFFICE CLERK) 1
HOUSEKEEPING (HOUSEMAN) 1
HOUSEKEEPING (LAUNDRY ATTENDANT) 1
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY USAGE AND SUPPORT 1
INLAND AQUACULTURE OPERATIONS-TILAPIA PRODUCTION 1
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES (LIBRARY CLERK) 1
LIGHT METAL FABRICATION 1
LIVESTOCK REARING 1
MASONRY 1
MEAT AND SEAFOOD HANDLING 1
MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE 1
METAL WORK ENGINEERING 1
MOTOR REWINDING 1
MOTOR VEHICLE CARE AND CONDITIONING 1
MOTOR VEHICLE CHASSIS SYSTEMS 1
MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINE SYSTEMS 1
MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIRS (CARS AND LIGHT TRUCKS) 1
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE 1
ORNAMENTAL AQUACULTURE OPERATIONS 1
PHOTOGRAPHY 1
PLUMBING 1
POWER GENERATION (STAND-BY) 1
POWER LINE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE (DISTRIBUTION) 1
PRINTING AND GRAPHIC ARTS – COMPUTER GRAPHIC ARTS 1
PROPERTY AND FACILITIES MAINTENANCE (BUILDING MAINTENANCE) 1
RECEPTION 1
SMALL APPLIANCE REPAIRS 1
SMALL ENGINE REPAIRS 1
SOFT FURNISHING 1
SOIL TESTING 1
STEEL PAN MANUFACTURING 1
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN TV AND VIDEO PRODUCTION 1
TREE CROP FARMING 1
UPHOLSTERY 1
WASTEWATER PROCESS PLANT OPERATIONS 1
WATER PROCESS PLANT OPERATIONS 1
WELDING 1
AGRO-FOOD PROCESSING 2
ALLIED HEALTH – GERIATRIC CAREGIVER 2
ALLIED HEALTH – HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE (PATIENT CARE) 2
AMENITY HORTICULTURE 2
AQUACULTURE GROW OUT OPERATIONS 2
AUDIO & VISUAL EDITING OPERATIONS 2
BAMBOO WEAVING 2
BRICK/BLOCK-LAYING, RENDERING 2
BUTCHERY 2
CAMERA OPERATIONS 2
CARPENTRY 2
CERAMIC PRODUCTION 2
CIVIL CONSTRUCTION (MATERIAL HANDLING OPERATIONS) 2
COMMUNITY TOURISM 2
CONCRETING 2
CONCRETING/STEEL-FIXING 2
COSMETOLOGY 2
CRICKET PITCH AND FIELD MAINTENANCE 2
CROP PRODUCTION 2
CUSTOM SERVICES 2
CUSTOMER SERVICE 2
DATA OPERATIONS 2
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION OF LINGERIE & SLEEPWEAR 2
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT 2
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION 2
EXTRUSION OPERATIONS (PLASTICS) 2
FISH HANDLING AND PROCESSING 2
FLOOR COVERING & FINISHING – CARPET LAYING 2
FLOOR COVERING & FINISHING – RESILIENT 2
FLOOR COVERING & FINISHING – TIMBER 2
FLUID POWER EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE 2
FOOD AND BEVERAGE – BAR SERVICE (BARTENDING) 2
FURNITURE MAKING 2
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION 2
HEALTH SCREENING 2
HOME FURNISHINGS PRODUCTION (FABRIC) 2
INSTRUMENTATION AND CONTROL 2
JEWELLERY PRODUCTION (LEATHER) 2
JEWELLERY PRODUCTION (SEEDS) 2
LEATHER GOODS MANUFACTURING 2
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES (LIBRARY ASSISTANT) 2
LIGHTING OPERATIONS 2
LIVE SOUND ENGINEERING 2
MAINTENANCE OF PARKS AND PROTECTED TERRESTRIAL AREAS 2
MASONRY 2
MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE 2
METAL WORK ENGINEERING 2
MOTOR VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS 2
MOTOR VEHICLE BODY REPAIRS (CARS AND LIGHT TRUCKS) 2
MOTOR VEHICLE CHASSIS SYSTEMS 2
MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINE SYSTEMS 2
MOTOR VEHICLE STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS 2
MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSMISSION 2
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE 2
NAIL TECHNOLOGY 2
NURSERY CARE SERVICES 2
OUTBOARD BOAT ENGINE REPAIR 2
PAINTING AND DECORATING 2
PAPIER MACHÉ CRAFT 2
PIPEFITTING 2
PLUMBING 2
PRINTING AND GRAPHIC ARTS – COMPUTER GRAPHIC ARTS 2
PROCESS PLANT OPERATIONS 2
RABBIT REARING 2
RECEPTION 2
RECORDING ENGINEERING 2
SCREEN PRINTING 2
SOFT FURNISHING 2
STEEL PAN MANUFACTURING 2
STEEL PAN TUNING 2
STEEL-FIXING 2
WALL AND CEILING LINING- DRYWALL CONSTRUCTION 2
WALL AND FLOOR TILING 2
WELDING 2