Level 2 Diploma in Professional Competence for Grips


Grips must have excellent up-to-date knowledge of all camera-support equipment. They should be enthusiastic about mechanics and assembling equipment, and have a passion for finding creative solutions to technical problems. These standards are being awarded by University of the Arts London (UAL) and delivered via Creative Skillset Craft and Buckinghamshire College Group, which is an approved assessment centre. Whilst it states Amersham Campus is the delivery centre this qualification is assessed entirely in the workplace and there is no need to attend the Amersham Campus.

Where can I study?

What will I learn?

Each unit describes what you must be able to demonstrate and can competently do on production. Being competent means that you can do a task to a skillful level, understand why it is done that way and usually are able to solve problems associated with the role.

Example modules
Contribute to good working relationships
Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
Rig static mounts for a production
Lay basic flat track

How will I be assessed?

Upon acceptance to the qualification, you will be interviewed then allocated and a qualified assessor who will carry out four work based assessments. You will also be required to write up log-books and provide photographic evidence. The qualification can take between 3-24 months to complete. There are no exams for this qualification.

Entry requirements

This qualification is health and safety critical, therefore all grips must have a great awareness in this area. You must have the following key skills, good leadership skills, initiative and the ability to respond quickly to different situations, ability to help realise a director’s artistic vision in practical terms, ability to collaborate and to work as part of a team, diplomacy and sensitivity when working with artists and other crew, and a high level of physical stamina and strength as a camera grip has to lift and pull heavy equipment.

Additional information

Minimum two years experience in the industry working as a grip, before you can apply for a Level 2 NVQ qualification. Grips should also be in possession of a clean driving license. A health and safety certification is desirable but not essential.


Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for Advanced Grips

Course Specification

Qualification type: Level 2
Mode of study: Part-Time Courses
Start date: Rolling programme
Course code: WGRIPL2DP
Duration (weeks): Up to 24 months

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