Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for Advanced Grips


The purpose of this qualification is to assess the competence and underpinning knowledge of individuals working in the role of an Advanced Grip.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Competence for Grips is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary in this highly specialized area, supporting their progression into and through this particular sub-sector of the film and TV industry.

The qualification is rigorously assessed in the workplace and recognises the candidate’s ability to behave professionally, collaboratively and in line with industry standards.

The qualification has been designed in collaboration with Creative Skillset and industry representatives. It is based on the National Occupational Standards developed by the industry to support their training needs. The qualifications are not used as a licence to practice, but employers and practitioners support the formal recognition of the demonstration of competence in the workplace in the interests of health and safety.

The administrative centre for the qualification is the Amersham campus but all work required for the qualification, and all assessments take place in your usual working environment (in studio or on location). There is no requirement to attend Amersham campus at any time.

Where can I study?

What will I learn?

There are 10 units to complete, each unit listed below describes what you must be able to demonstrate and competently achieve on production. Being competent means that you can do a task to a skilled level, understand why it is done that way and solve associated problems.

Further details about the components of the qualifications can be found on the UAL website - http://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/awarding-body/qualifications/film-suite/grips—crane-technicians/

Example modules
Contribute to good working relationships
Conduct an assessment of risks in the workplace
Rig tracking vehicles and trailers
Reconnoitre the locations for filming requirements
Rig camera cranes
Track and swing the crane arm

Elevate and track the camera
Select and monitor the use of grip equipment
Lay complex track
Rig car mounts and use rope, fastenings and strops

How will I be assessed?

Upon acceptance to the qualification, you will be allocated a qualified assessor who is also a Level 3 qualified working grip. Four work-based assessments will be carried out to assess all units of the qualification. You will also be required to write up log-books and provide photographic evidence of work undertaken in each unit area. The qualification is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You must have already successfully completed the Level 2 NVQ Diploma for Grips to be considered for this course.

You will need to be able to provide 4 DOP (Director of Photography) references and 2 camera operators references as part of the interview process.

Additional information

Grips should be in possession of a clean driving license.

A health and safety certification is desirable but not essential.

Where a candidate is in full time employment with an employer then the employer will be expected to sponsor the canddiate through the full cost of the qualification. Details of this will be made available upon application.


Candidate may want to consider additional professional qualifications or acadmeic qualifications.

Career opportunities

As this qualification is certification in the workplace the candidates will already be immersed as Grip within the film/TV industry.

This qualification is supported by Creative Skillset’s Future Film Skills Fund in partnership with the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Costs & funding


Course Specification

Qualification type: Level 3
Mode of study: Work Based
Start date: Rolling programme
Course code: WGRIPL3DP
Duration (weeks): Up to 18 months

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