What are Technical Certificates?

A Technical Certificate is a qualification which provides you with extensive knowledge in your chosen apprenticeship career path. Alongside the NVQ, it is a key component of  some apprenticeship programmes.

Technical Certificates are issued to learners who have completed a specialised course of study that is related to specific vocational skills. The Technical Certificate is helpful in demonstrating to prospective employers that the individual does possess a certified working knowledge of matters that are directly connected to the tasks involved in the job or career path involved.

Technical Certificates focus on the knowledge and understanding which underpins the NVQ.  Usually delivered through day release at either a HWGTA training centre or a partner organisation, a Technical Certificate forms an integral part of most apprenticeships.

Examples of Technical Certificates are:

  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Engineering

Duration of Technical Certificates depend on the type of apprenticeship, however most last 12 – 24 months and are delivered alongside the NVQ.