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IQ Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF)


Qualification Number 600/4526/7
Title IQ Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF)
Category National
Sector Security
Operational Start Date 28/02/2012
Operational End Date 29/02/2016
Total Units 10 Min Credit 24
Min Guided Learning Hours 110 Max Guided Learning Hours 152
Min Age From 18 Min Age To 99

Qualification Fee : £50.00

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

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About this Qualification

The IQ Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF) is aimed at senior stewards and other similar staff responsible for supervising the work of stewards at spectator events. This qualification meets the requirements for training for level 3 stewards as specified in the DCMS Green Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds and the HSE’s Purple Guide for Event Safety. The mandatory units cover the skills, knowledge and competence to prepare and maintain stewarding, deal with problems, accidents and emergencies and develop productive working relationships with colleagues.

This qualification is a combined component (knowledge and competence) of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Advanced Spectator Safety.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification learners must complete a minimum of 24 credits; 16 credits from the four mandatory units, plus a minimum of two optional units from group B.

IQ Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF)


Assessment is by portfolio. A qualification achievement record for this qualification is available to download from the website.

This qualification is competence based and assessment must be of the learner’s consistent performance in the workplace. It must be assessed in accordance with the following 3 documents, which can be found at the end of this specification or downloaded from SkillsActive’s website:

  • Assessment strategy for NVQ &SVQs: The Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well being Quality Assurance Strategy - Appendix A
  • SkillsActive QCF Evidence Requirements and Assessment Guidance for the Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety - Appendix B
  • Additional Requirements for Qualifications that use the title NVQ within the QCF - Appendix C

Please also see individual unit guidance, located in this document after each unit.

General assessment principles

Whilst the qualification is broken down into separate units, the work of the senior steward/supervisor is not. This means that as the senior steward/supervisor does their job they will generate evidence across a number of the NVQ units. Using this evidence for all the relevant units is part of Holistic Assessment.

Many of these units cover inter-related responsibilities, for example, C212, C213 and A324 and much of the naturally occurring evidence for these is likely to come from observing the learner going about their normal day-to-day activities supervising others at real spectator events. For this reason, we strongly recommend that, if the learner is attempting the whole qualification, inter-related units are assessed together in a holistic manner. In other words, when assessor visits and meetings occur, the assessor is advised not to consider evidence on separate occasions for each of these units, but to visit the spectator venue, consider the learner’s work and identify how the evidence the learner generates matches the requirements of all three of these example units.

Separate assessments for each of these units should only be necessary if the learner is not attempting the whole of the qualification, but seeks unit accreditation only. If more than one unit is being attempted, opportunities should also be sought for a “holistic” approach.

For the qualification to be delivered successfully it is worth noting that the process is one of awarding a qualification to a learner who demonstrates that their work is competent. This means that the senior steward/supervisor must show that they have achieved the learning outcomes and assessment criteria in the appropriate units. If a pre-assessment investigation of the learner indicates that they may not yet be competent, the senior steward/supervisor learner should undertake appropriate training and/or gain more experience before embarking on their assessment.

As the qualification is about the learner (senior steward/supervisor) demonstrating their competence, most of the evidence should come from being observed at work and/or looking at other forms of evidence from the learner’s real work that show how they meet the standard.

The Spectator Safety QCF NVQ is not intended as a snapshot of the senior steward/supervisor’s work, but rather a qualification that shows the senior steward/supervisor meets the standards consistently. It is expected that the senior steward/supervisor’s evidence will show that they meet this standard on at least two occasions when the assessor is present and that evidence is also available to indicate the standard is met on occasions when the assessor is not present. These assessment occasions should be separated by a reasonable period of time sufficient to infer consistent practice, typically over one month. In the case of some units, assessors and verifiers should take account of the fact that opportunities for the learner to generate evidence will be rare and therefore it will be acceptable to use “historical evidence” – produced before the learner has actually registered for the qualification. However, this evidence should not be drawn from more than two years before the particular unit is assessed and should be validated as being authentic.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 2 or above.

Tutor Requirements

Please see requirements in the Assessment Strategy for NVQs & SVQs - Appendix A; SkillsActive QCF Evidence Requirements and Assessment Guidance Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety - appendix B;   and Additional Requirements for Qualifications that use the title NVQ within the QCF - Appendix C.

Please note supplementary assessor requirements (in SkillsActive QCF Evidence Requirements and Assessment Guidance Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety - appendix B). All the other requirements specified in the assessment strategy should be consistently applied, those listed here are supplementary:

  1. Worked in a relevant spectator safety context for two years full time or equivalent, e.g. Safety Officer, Senior Steward or equivalent
  2. Taken part in a relevant and nationally recognised Spectator Safety training course or qualification from the QCF in England/Wales and Northern Ireland or the SCQF in Scotland. Or an action plan to achieve such.

Centre Requirements



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