IAT Level 3 Diploma National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities

We have worked with Preston College to design a week long course based around site technician activities specifically in connection with Asphalt.

Candidates have up to 12 months to complete the qualification, during which they will attend a 5 day course with the objective of experiencing hands on testing and classroom based lectures as follows:

  • Programme (in addition to daily lectures)

  • Day 1: Aggregates

    Each technician carries out a Grading and PSV.
  • Day 2: Bitumen

    Each technician carries out a Penetration and Softening Point. A site visit to a bitumen plant is included.
  • Day 3: Asphalt Production

    Each technician carries out ITSM and Asphalt Analysis. A site visit to an asphalt plant is included.
  • Day 4: Surfacing

    Each technician carries out a sampling task and laying record.
  • Day 5: Quality

    Each technician carries out a rolling straight edge and texture depth.

An NVQ assessor will be in attendance for the week carry out assessments on the technician's physical tests. All ten tests must be completed and a UKAS test sheet uploaded to the candidate’s online portfolio.

The NVQ can be completed between six weeks and one year depending on the candidate’s prior experience, skills and time available to do the qualification. All work is uploaded via a portal and each candidate has their own workspace which shows them what percentage they have achieved towards the qualification for example the completed test sheets are a requirement as well as health and safety tasks etc which are done by the individuals outside of the classroom activities.

The qualification is included in the CSCS card system (gold supervisory card) for Laboratory Technicians (see card finder on the CSCS website and input Lab technician as the occupation) so is essential from September this year for site access to carry out lab activities using the smart card process.

There is an experienced worker route for the CSCS cards which gives a one year card providing the applicant has registered for an appropriate NVQ in line with their site activities.

Candidates are given Affiliate Membership of the IAT which will be upgraded to Tech IAT on completion of the course.

  •   Who is this course intended for?
    • Any technician or engineer involved with laying or testing asphalt and asphalt pavements
    • Anyone who wants to develop their technical understanding of manufacturing, laying and monitoring asphalt and asphalt pavements
    • Anyone who carries out testing in a laboratory or on site
  •   What will candidates achieve on this course?
    • Level 3 Diploma National Vocational Qualification
    • Eligibility for CSCS card
    • One-year AIAT membership included, upgraded to Tech.IAT on completion of course
  •   What does the course cost per technician?
      £1,000
  •   When is the course running?
      We have the following dates scheduled:
    • 14-18th January 2019
    • 4-8th February 2019