E UK National Vocational Qualifications

Another initiative, in the United Kingdom, has been the development of National (and Scottish) Vocational Qualifications (NVQs/SVQs), which assess competence in the work place. For each area of competence, a number of units are specified that describe the functions that candidates should be able to demonstrate an ability to carry out satisfactorily. F or each of these units a set of evidence criteria is laid down. 'litis evidence can take the form of actual products, or can come from observation of the candidates carry ing out the process. 'Knowledge evidence* can also be collected by questioning the candidate, either orally or by written examination. A set of such standards have been developed by the Occupations Standards Council for Engineering (OSCEng) for project management NVQ/SNQ levels 4 and 5. Figure E.3 provides an overview of the units and elements involved at level 5.

Level 4 can be judged to be the 'entry level' for project management professionals, while it has been suggested that level 5 is at the level that someone taking the Project Executive role (in PRINCE 2 terms) should be able to demonstrate competence.

For each element, a set of performance criteria has been drafted, supported by range statements, which define the scope of the terms used in the criteria. For example, under 'secure materials, equipment and facilities to implement project', there is a performance criterion a fragment of which is: 'sources of materials, equipment and facilities ... are identified'

In the accompanying range statements, the scope of 'materials', 'equipment' and 'facilities' is defined. For example, 'facilities' includes 'accommodation and related serv ices, servicing and maintenance, telecommunications, transport and technical/administrative support'. For each set of criteria, evidence requirements are defined.

In the United Kingdom, the scheme seems to us to represent the most comprehensive and well-thought out.

There are five bodies in the United Kingdom who carry out assessment for this qualification, including the Institute of Management.

The Institute of Management also administer a Certificate and a Diploma in project management, which are based taught courses that complement the NVQ/ SVQ programme.

Further details of the scheme can be obtained from:

The Institute of Management

Cottingham Road

Corby

Northants

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I'ahlc EJ Project management NVQ/SVQ Level 5 summary l)e\elop objectives for projects

• Define clients' aims and initial objectives for the project

• Identify and assess factors affecting the achievement for the project

• Develop and agree objectives for the project

Specify requirements for projects

• Develop means of implementing the project to achieve the objectives

• Produce and agree specification of requirements for a project

Estimate resources and develop programmes for projects

• Specify and estimate resources required for the project

• Develop programme and schedules for the project

Recommend contracting arrangements for projects

• Identify the means of providing the resources to implement the project

• Select and agree a procurement strategy and procedures)

• Recommend ty pe(s) and forms(s) of contract for the project

Secure resources to implement projects

• Secure finance for the project

• Ensure the availability of specified personnel to implement the project

• Secure materials, equipment and facilities to implement the project

• Acquire information needed to implement the project

Control risk in implementing projects

• Establish and maintain a culture of risk awareness

• Identify potential risks and evaluate options for their control

• Select options and implement measures for controlling risks

• Monitor risks and review the effectiveness of measures for controlling them

Establish the project organization

• Establish the project team

• Establish and monitor team working methods

• Verify systems for managing project health, safely and welfare

Control implementation of projects

• Establish procedures and responsibilities for the project

• Monitor, co-ordinate and control the project

• Comply with regulatory requirements

• Monitor and control income and expenditure in implementing the programme

• Ensure quality in the implementation of the project

• Control handover of responsibilities for facilities and projects

Evaluate project achievements and secure impro\ements

• Obtain and evaluate feedback information

• Provide advice and support to solve problems, make improvements and maintain progress

• Promote and protect planned work and those who carry it out

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