Lampworking Qualifications

The myth about lampworking qualifications

There’s a myth throughout the lampworking community that there are no qualifications associated with lampworking.

A few years ago, I had meetings with the external verifier of GQA (Glass Qualifications Authority) and said exactly that to him, he assured me that Lampworking fell within the boundaries of the NVQ in Glass Processing. We discussed how we could prove some aspects of the NVQ since most lampworkers are also lone workers/self employed and finally agreed that while some aspects would be difficult, with planning it would be possible to achieve the NVQ.

Since then, we have worked together to develop qualification units more specific to the craft glass sector, these are still going through the approval process which seems to take forever but GQA website hints of things to come in the near future. We wait and see.

In the meantime, NCFE have also developed Craft Glass Qualifications which are easier to achieve, but not so in-depth.

I have no knowledge of Education outside of the UK so can’t speak for what’s available elsewhere but having spent 15 years within the UK Educational system I can tell you about that.

The qualifications I’ve talked about above range from level 1 to level 3 and all have credit values associated with them, this means that they can be used towards UCAS points should you consider going on to higher education. The NVQ’s are widely available throughout the UK, both at Colleges and Private Training Providers, but there is only one College currently listed as offering the Craft Glass qualifications on the database of Training Providers. As this gets updated on a yearly basis, the situation may have changed since I wrote this.

In the meantime, I’ve put together a full list of qualifications currently available to lampworkers, along with where in the UK they can be accessed.

– Debbie Dew, Oct 2013


NCFE LEVEL 1 AWARD IN CREATIVE CRAFT (GLASS)

–Dudley College

NCFE LEVEL 2 AWARD IN CREATIVE CRAFT (GLASS)

–No current listings for delivery in the UK

NCFE LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN CREATIVE CRAFT (GLASS)

GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Glass Processing (QCF)

Absolute Training Solutions Ltd
Alert Training UK Ltd
Barnsley College
BGH NVQ Training & Consultancy
City Of Bath College
Cornwall College
CTS Ltd
Derby College
Dianne Smith Associates
Dudley College
GFTS Limited
Glass & Glazing Federation
Independent Training Services Ltd
IPS International
IVS Training & Assessment Ltd
Network Training Services Ltd
NORTH LANCS TRAINING GROUP LTD
North East Chamber of Commerce & Industry
PM Training
R T Resources Ltd
South Eastern Regional College
Southern Regional College
Skill to Group Ltd
Star Training Ltd
The Fenestration College
The Intraining Group
The Vocational College
Total Support Training
West Suffolk College
Wiltshire College
UH Ventures

GQA Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Glass Processing (QCF)

Absolute Training Solutions Ltd
Alert Training UK Ltd
Dianne Smith Associates
Dudley College
GFTS Limited
Glass & Glazing Federation
Independent Training Services Ltd
IPS International
IVS Training & Assessment Ltd
Leeds College Of Building
NORTH LANCS TRAINING GROUP LTD
North East Chamber of Commerce & Industry
R T Resources Ltd
Skill to Group Ltd
Star Training Ltd
The Vocational College
Total Support Training
West Suffolk College
UH Ventures

Costs

NCFE – £800 per year centre approval
£39 registration per candidate for level 1 award
£41 registration per candidate for level 2 award
£56 registration per candidate for level 3 certificate

GQA – £350 centre approval
£110 registration for level 2 or level 3 NVQ Certificate
£350 per visit for external moderation