• construction_courseFees £750
  • construction_course3-6 Months

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Stonemasonry (Construction)

Ofqual code: 603/3179/3

Total Qualification Time:

  • Stonemasonry (Banker Masonry) pathway – 460 hours
  • Stonemasonry (External Stone Fixing) pathway – 800 hours
  • Stonemasonry (Internal Stone Fixing) pathway – 660 hours
  • Stonemasonry (Memorial Masonry) pathway – 590 hours
  • Stonemasonry (Stone Cutting) pathway – 440 hours
  • Stonemasonry (Stone Cladding) pathway – 640 hours

Stonemasonry (Heritage Mason) pathway – 1002 hours

The Diploma in Stonemasonry will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as general health, safety and welfare; productive working practices; and moving, handling and storing resources. Learners can specialise in banker masonry, external stone fixing, internal stone fixing, memorial masonry, stone cutting, stone cladding and heritage mason.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace
  • Producing standard templates and moulds in the workplace
  • Erecting basic external stonemasonry in the workplace
  • Preparing background surfaces for internal stonefixing in the workplace
  • Fixing and securing memorial masonry in the workplace
  • Producing sawn stone products in the workplace
  • Preparing background surfaces and fixings to receive stone cladding in the workplace
  • Producing standard templates and moulds in the workplace

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience in their chosen industry.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a Stonemason. As a work-related, competence-based qualification, it will provide confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that someone who holds it has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally-recognised standard to carry out the role of a Banker Stonemason, External Stone Fixer, Internal Stone Fixer, Memorial Stonemason, Stone Cutter, Stone Cladder or Heritage Stonemason.

Learners can build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of this qualification when working towards achieving another qualification or gaining employment.

It is intended that the qualification will allow learners to evidence experience of topics based on accepted and recognised industrial practices. The Diploma will provide a sound basis for advancing in the industry for a range of potential learners.

The qualification is assessed on the basis of a portfolio of evidence which details what learners have completed at work. This is shown through a variety of evidence such as observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. Assessors can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Assessors will observe the learner carrying out their normal work activities to show that they can do this competently and to the industry standard, and that they can comply with current legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the task. They will also show that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.


The qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or more of the following objectives:

  • Supporting a role in the workplace
  • Confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Providing access to a relevant card scheme


This qualification is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

CSCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in construction. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

This qualification has a range of pathways linked to typical job roles that learners will encounter within the industry.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 42 credits. They must complete between five and six mandatory units from the qualification structure (see qualification content and delivery tools)

Learners do not need any specific skills, knowledge understanding or any other qualifications before starting this qualification, but they must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as:

  • Stonemason


Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • school and college students with a part time job that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace
  • full time part time study

Frequently asked questions

Yes, if you need a CSCS card while you are doing your qualification, you can apply for the Experienced Worker card. You can request this card as soon as we have enrolled you on the NVQ (you will also need to pass the CITB Health, Safety, and Environment Test). To apply for the temporary card, we will email you your proof of enrollment, which you must submit to CSCS. You will then upgrade to the Skilled Worker card once you have finished the qualification.

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