RPD3 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Recruitment (RQF)

Qualification summary

This qualification has been designed for a recruitment consultant who is able to demonstrate a good range of knowledge and experience within their role.

This qualification can also help you to advance in your career within a recruitment environment by confirming and/or developing your competency in a range of activities including:

•  identifying client recruitment requirements
•  assessing candidates
•  developing working relationships with colleagues
•  sustaining customer-focused relationships with clients
•  developing sales proposals

Whilst this qualification forms part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Recruitment (Level 3), the qualification may also be undertaken outside the Apprenticeship. This could be for learners who do not meet the age or qualification requirements for a full Apprenticeship, or who wish to use the qualification for CPD re-skill etc.

Learners who achieve this qualification will be able to progress onto the:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Principles of Recruitment Practice (RQF)
  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Recruitment (RQF)

or onto the following Skillsfirst qualifications:

  • Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management (RQF)
  • Level 5 Diploma in the Principles of Management and Leadership (RQF)

or progress into a senior consultant position within the recruitment environment.

This qualification does not require you to have any prior qualifications or levels of previous learning. There is no minimum age requirement for this qualification.

This qualification is supported nationwide by employers. For a list of Training Providers and Colleges who deliver this qualification in your area, contact our customer services team.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Recruitment (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

A total of 41 credits must be achieved to gain the qualification as follows:

All 28 credits must be completed from Group M

A minimum of 13 credits must be achieved from Group O

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 188

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 410

Qualification numberQualification reference
RPD3 600/8282/3 

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleUnit LevelCredit value
T/504/6962REC1Identify client recruitment requirements33
F/504/6964REC2Pre-select candidates33
L/504/6966REC3Assess candidates33
R/504/6967REC4Match and present candidates to employers34
K/504/6974REC5Attract potential candidates33
T/504/6976REC6Brief and support candidates33
L/504/6977REC7Carry out candidate debriefing34
F/504/6978REC8Administer recruitment processes22
H/600/9660TLD1Develop working relationships with colleagues23

Group O – optional units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleUnit LevelCredit value
K/504/6961REC9Advise clients on operational recruitment planning44
A/504/6963REC10Develop resourcing plan for recruitment services34
D/504/6969REC11Sustain customer-focused relationships with clients36
J/504/6979REC12Co-ordinate flexible workers36
H/502/9929REC13Conduct market research36
Y/502/9927REC14Analyse competitor activity33
F/502/8612SA301Negotiating, handling objections and closing sales34
K/502/8622SA304Buyer behaviour in sales situations33
L/502/8631SA307Preparing and delivering a sales presentation34
A/502/8656SA403Developing sales proposals45
R/600/9587MA3Develop, maintain and review personal networks44

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