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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

17th September 2020

Does someone with an NVQ 2 still need to do the Care Certificate?

If I employ someone with care experience and an NVQ 2 in health and social care , do they still need to complete the care certificate?

Dear J,

Interestingly I was asked a similar question a few years ago and it is one that does pop up quite frequently in my mailbox. The answer is actually, No. What you need to do though is undertake an induction for the person introducing the person to your service and covering areas such as Fire Safety, Infection control, medication safeguarding and all your other Policies and Procedures. For reassurance, there is also a Skills for Care Certificate self-assessment form and I know that many employers are using this to identify any possible gaps in an individual’s knowledge that the person might like to have further training in. You can find the self-assessment form on the Skills for Care website: There are also some new additional tools on the skills for care site with links to free e-learning that can help meet any knowledge gaps your new employee may have.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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