Fast track your career with
North West Skills & Checkatrade

Northwest Skills Academy has partnered with Checkatrade to boost your learning with a fast track NVQ Level 2


Checkatrade &
North West Skills Academy

North West Skills Academy are proud to announce an incredible opportunity by partnering with Checkatrade to provide you with a nationally recognised Level 2 NVQ in your chosen trade (full list in FAQ below). 

This will enable you to apply for your Blue CSCS Card – a national standard that gains you access to construction sites across the UK and provides customers with proof of competence in your ability as a tradesperson. 

Our partnership with Checkatrade means that you will get access to a fantastic 10% discount on all courses in the list as well as 3 months of free membership to 

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Drylining (Fixer / Finisher)

Painting & Decorating



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Frequently Asked Questions

The NVQs that are available on the North West Skills Academy and Checkatrade Partnership are:

  • Bricklaying Level 2
  • Site Carpentry (Joinery) Level 2
  • Painting & Decorating Level 2
  • Drylining (Fixer / Finisher) Level 2

There are two ways in which North West Skills Academy deliver qualifications to learners. This can be by either our ‘Fast Track’ route or an On-Site Assessment. 

Fast Track delivery is an experienced worker practical assessment (EWPA). A one-day practical assessment at one of our assessment centres undertaking a rigorous practical skills test in your chosen trade area. For the Fast Track Assessment option you will be required to have 5 years construction experience as a minimum. 

The On Site Assessment takes longer than the Fast Track option, but can still be delivered between 1- 4 months; we come to your site over several visits and assess your capability over an extended period of time (1-4 months).

For the On Site Assessment route you need to be an experienced member of the trade we are assessing. 

Stoke Assessment Centre

Unit 46,
Marcus House,

Preston Office

Preston New Rd, Samlesbury,

Heywood Centre

Unit 501,
Phoenix Close Trading Estate, 
OL10 2JG

Payment will be required upon registration for the NVQ of your choice. This will be invoiced to the individual and payment can be made via Stripe with a credit or debit card. 

Fast Track (EWPA) = £1,000 £900 with 10% Checkatrade voucher

On Site = £1,250 £1,125 with 10% Checkatrade voucher


Don't Take Our Word For it

Brilliant service and brilliant staff in the office and the assessors on site. Made it easy to complete my long awaited blue card, no more excuses at inductions with a green card anymore!! My assessor in particular Roy Douglas was very flexible with his time always answered the phone and worked around my hours on site. Believe it’s the same across the board. Would recommend to anyone. Big thanks.
Bricklaying Level 2
Many thanks to all at North West Skills Academy, I'd like to thank my assessor in particular who was the assessor's on the day for my NVQ level 2 in Bricklaying. My assessor was at the other end of the phone when needed and was unbelievably helpful when called upon. He is very knowledgeable and thorough in his work. Thank you once again North West Skills Academy.
Bricklaying Level 2
Would recommend NWSA to anyone thinking of undertaking a NVQ qualification. My assessor was an amazing support to me and I would like to thank him for going the extra mile to ensure my NVQ was achieved.
Painting & Decorating Level 2

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