At last – a nationally recognised qualification for wood machinists at level 3

The level 3 NVQ in Wood Machining is back! It has been designed to meet the needs of the furniture industry and has been updated to fit into the new national Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) and is welcomed by those who wish to extend their qualification beyond the level 2.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Machining (QCF) is a nationally recognised qualification which requires the candidate to possess or acquire the competencies and knowledge of the more complex wood machining tasks (on traditional machines and /or CNC) brought about by the production of bespoke products or infrequent procedures requiring particular thought and planning and use of guides, jigs, templates and the like. The qualification also requires knowledge of workflow planning in a machine shop environment to maximise output whilst controlling cost, safety and quality.

The qualification is intended for those who have prior knowledge and experience at level 2 – holding a level 2 NVQ in Wood Machining.

Everyone will benefit from the introduction of this qualification:
•    Employers will have an assurance that staff are qualified and quality will improve
•    Staff will gain confidence, esteem and a sense of satisfaction and achievement
•    The reputation of the industry will improve as more staff become qualified

The NVQ has been developed by employers, the Sector Skills Council and the awarding body PIABC.

PIABC is keen to help support the Furniture Industry by offering relevant qualifications and have recently also launched NVQs in:

•    Woodmachining level 2
•    Woodmachining level 3
•    Sawmilling – round timber level 2
•    Sawmilling – secondary conversion level 2
•    Tooling Technology – Saw Doctoring level 2
•    Wood Preserving level 2

PIABC will offer these OFQUAL accredited qualifications. PIABC is a professional awarding organisation operating within the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

For further information on qualification please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email or telephone 01476 513896