Your NVQ in ITQ journey
If you’ve got IT qualifications, you’re an asset to any modern business. ITQ is your chance to learn new skills and gain valuable qualifications at the same time.
ITQ is a nationally-recognised programme, designed by employers to meet the needs of today’s businesses. It is tailor-made for you, taking into account all your existing IT skills and any qualifications you may already have, such as the European Computer Driving Licence, CLAiT Plus, New CLAiT or Microsoft Office Specialist.
The ITQ Planner course will help you choose what to learn, depending on the IT skills you need to do your job more effectively. You can cover everything from word processing, spreadsheets, email and the Internet to wider issues such as IT Security and IT Maintenance.
The Benefits of ITQ:
- ITQ lets you show your current employer – and any future employer – that you have reached a recognised, national standard in IT
- ITQ helps you to improve your IT skills and use IT more effectively in your job
- ITQ lets you fill any IT skills gaps you have quickly and easily while you work
- ITQ is flexible. You choose which skills you need to develop to help you in your own particular job and then follow a tailor-made programme that meets your individual needs
- Your own workplace experience and any previous IT qualifications you have can count towards an ITQ award
Steps to NVQ in ITQ:
- Stage 1 – Complete ‘Your Work Profile’
This initial assessment explores the tasks you already perform at work to help you to decide which level of award you should work towards and which combination of mandatory and optional units is most suitable for you. Once you’ve completed the online questionnaire, your answers are analysed and a detailed report identifies the specific units of the NVQ that most closely match your current role.
- Stage 2 – Choose your units
Using the report from ‘Your Work Profile’, the next step is to enrol on your course and select the optional units that you would like to include in your NVQ learning programme. You should chat to your assessor and to your employer before you make your final choice. This will help to ensure you’re developing the right skills for your role.
- Stage 3 – Check Your Knowledge
Once you’ve selected a combination of mandatory and optional units that fits your current job and your future aims, it’s a good idea to undertake the ‘Check Your Knowledge’. This short, online tool will give you a better idea of how much learning you need to do in each individual area.
- Step 4 – Develop Your Knowledge and Evidence
Develop your knowledge and skills, and produce your ‘portfolio of evidence’ that shows you can demonstrate your competence in every area of your NVQ. Your Assessor will assess your performance against the NVQ standards as you progress. Once you're confident you have the IT knowledge, skills and experience you need, and you’ve passed every unit of your NVQ you will become fully qualified and receive your NVQ certificate.
ABAAS also provides standalone units that can be used as either top up programmes for persons with existing IT skills or area specific programmes.
- Basic Computer skills
- Desktop Publishing
- Front Page
- Computer Art
- Electronic Communications
- Digital literacy