Educational Pathway

On-going Education Programmes

It is essential that individuals within the KBB industry have access to an on-going education programme in order to be kept up to date with the ever changing modern day lifestyle trends, technology and legislation as well as having access to courses that enable them to gain relevant industry specific qualifications to ensure on-going personal and professional development.

The NTG have worked and continue to work in partnership with the appropriate Sector Skills Councils, Awarding Body, Universities, Colleges and Training Providers to create a pathway to learning.

L2 & L3 NVQ Qualifications

The mechanism for getting nationally recognised qualifications – from industry aspiration to reality – can be a complex, tortuous lengthy one.  All of this made even more lengthy due to the Government insisting that all qualifications were to be Credit Rated and placed on the QCF.

The NTG in partnership with Industry stakeholders have been working with and advising the qualification reform group from initial NOS (National Occupational Standards) to finished qualifications.

Thanks to these joint efforts, the industry now has NOS (National Occupational Standards) building blocks, national qualifications for pre 16, a Level 2 NVQ in kitchen installation,  a level 3 NVQ for kitchen design and an apprenticeship framework for Kitchen and Bedroom Installation with Bathrooms not far behind – no mean feat in the world of ‘new’ national qualifications.

L3 Qualification in The Principles of Kitchen Design

Ofqual – Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

QCF Unit Reference Number K/505/2953
20 Guided Learning Hours
Unit Credit Value 3

Assessment Guidance – This unit is assessed by a portfolio of evidence.

A New National Qualification for Kitchen Designers

The Principles of Kitchen Design (QCF) Level 3 Award

Ofqual 601/0002/3

At last – a standard for kitchen designers

The qualified designer will:

• Be able to produce detailed plans for a kitchen design

• Recognise factors affecting design decisions

• Understand the constraints placed on kitchen design by resource requirements

• Understand historical and contemporary design influences on kitchen design

• Recognise the importance of Codes of Practice and legislation affecting design briefs

• Recognise the roles of others affecting design decisions

The qualification is awarded and monitored by an OFQUAL regulated awarding body – PIABC – which will help maintain consistent standards and confidence nationally. The design role deserves professional recognition and this qualification will help provide a ring of confidence that individuals have attained a good level of underpinning knowledge in kitchen design. Furthermore, it will help provide parity with other sectors that have long had recognised professional career paths – the spin off for the industry and employers being improved quality, productivity, efficiency, retention, self-esteem, professionalism and public image.

We are genuinely delighted to be able to offer this to the industry. We have long recognised the need for a dedicated kitchen design qualification and have been proactive in making it a reality.

A regulated and accredited qualification supported by the Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom National Training Group and Proskills.

For more information please visit or contact Renée by clicking here

3 Year Foundation Degree Course in Kitchen Design

Bucks New University meets industry demand for talented kitchen design specialists

In response to industry calls for qualified kitchen designers, Buckinghamshire New University is launching a new foundation degree in kitchen design this autumn.

This bespoke course has been developed in conjunction with a panel of industry experts primarily for those currently working in the industry and is offered as a blended learning opportunity which can be completed in three years. Delivered with experts from the kitchen design industry, students will work on a comprehensive range of modules to cover aspects of materials, technology, sustainability, culture and design in order to develop critical and imaginative responses to kitchen design. Students will also learn about the technical and legislative contexts of kitchen design and will be supported through close contacts with industry partners within a vibrant and challenging learning environment.

Kitchen design is fundamental to the UK home refurbishment market and contributes around £1.5Bn to the economy each year. One of the University’s key Industry partners’, Hettich UK has been one of the strongest advocates for the course as the demand for quality and design led kitchens continue to increase.  According to Tim Leedham, Managing Director, Hettich UK ”In the UK there are more than 2,000 manufacturers supporting  around 5,000 kitchen retailers, so as independent kitchen design firms expand to meet the market demand there is potential to increase the pool of designers. Achieving a professional qualification in kitchen design will open up the market to new applicants and boost the skills of existing employees providing a valuable progression path”.

Professor Alison Shreeve, Head of Design, Crafts & Visual Arts at Bucks said “We are really excited to support this growing market by delivering the skills and expertise necessary for the next generation of innovative kitchen designers. As this foundation degree is presented from a sector perspective, students will be able to relate assignments to the work that they already do and using social media and online learning will provide a rich learning experience for skills development, as well as deepening and broadening their understanding of the industry.”


For more information contact :  Julie Catlow, or visit

Apprenticeship in Kitchen Installation

As an apprentice installer you will be following a comprehensive training programme which offers training in a variety of skills in the manufacture, design and installation of kitchen furniture.

The training covers the use of relevant tools and equipment from hand and power tools to a range of machinery and equipment. It will also involve planning, organising and preparing components and finally assembling the furniture ready for the installation.
You will need to be interested in producing work of quality as companies are working to very high standards.
Training programmes have been specially produced to enable you to monitor your own personal development and produce evidence required for you to progress towards achieving a National Vocational Qualification.
What qualifications will I get?

Dependent on your own abilities/employers training opportunities, you will follow one of three routes:

1. NVQ Level 2 in Installation
2. Apprenticeship at level 2 NVQ in Installation plus Key Skills level 1 in Application of Number, Communication, Information Technology and Personal Skills.
3. Advanced Apprenticeship i.e. Level 3 NVQ in Installation and Key Skills level 2 in Application of Number, Communication, Information Technology and Personal Skills.

For further information please visit the courses page.

NVQ Level 2 in Fitted Interiors (Kitchen & Bedroom Installation) On-site Assessment

What is the aim of this qualification and who is it for?

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the knowledge, skills and competence demonstrated by an experienced individual in the workplace.

This Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Fitted Interiors provides the opportunity for individuals who specialise in fitting kitchens and bedrooms to demonstrate their competence.

The units in this qualification are derived from National Occupational Standards

Is this a new qualification?

The NVQ was developed in recent years, but only now has the industry had an assessor to carry out on site assessments.

What will this cost?

The standard assessment cost is £1000 per person, depending on the distance the assessor needs to travel. This covers all units except QCF122; this is an extra £300. There is a CITB registration fee of £75.

However, the KBBNTG currently holds an allocation of CITB funding. The funding is finite, and as such will be allocated on a first come first served basis, up to the value of £1000 per delegate.

Therefore, CITB registered members will benefit by not having to pay for the assessment.

Units codes:

QCF121 Installing Fitted Furniture in the Workplace

  1. QCF641  Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  2. QCF642  Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  3. QCF643  Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

QCF122 Installing Basic Plumbing in the Workplace

For more information please visit Mascari at or email Rob by clicking here

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) learning is about facilitating good practise, raising skills and competence amongst individuals to enable them to continue to operate as professionals.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal commitment to keeping your professional knowledge up to date and improving your capabilities. It focuses on what you learn and how you develop throughout your career. Perhaps the most important message is that one size doesn’t fit all. Wherever you are in your career now, and whatever you want to achieve, your CPD should be exactly that yours.

There are no rules about the amount of CPD you should record, but you should clearly demonstrate how you have developed and what you are now able to contribute that you couldn’t before. Obtaining an NTG accredited CPD certificate as evidence that you have attended the CPD session does this. The more evidence, the more proof of the commitment you have made towards your personal Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CPD may lead to accreditation. In many cases CPD learning can now be mapped across to support some NVQ qualifications as evidence towards hours of learning.

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