The OCR Level 2 NVQ in Customer Service is primarily aimed at candidates who undertake a customer service role and recognises that employment in the customer service sector involves a diverse range of function, tasks and activities that are constantly developing and


It is suitable for candidates:

  • who have particular customer service and administrative job roles
  • who are working in a customer service environment
  • whose role is to provide service to customers




The objective of these qualifications is to reflect the work of candidates who undertake Customer Service activities at Level 2, 3 or 4.


They provide a statement of competence that testifies to the ability of candidates to work to meet customer objectives. They cover support systems, processes and services and recognise that employment in Customer Service involves a diverserange of functions, tasks and activities that are constantly developing in the light of changing customer needs.


These NVQs assess a candidate’s competence against the national occupational standards for Customer Service at Levels 2, 3 and 4. Candidates must prove they are competent in a wide range of activities.


Benefits of these NVQs


Learners will benefit from:

  • A clearer understanding of their responsibility within their organisation
  • The opportunity to develop new skills
  • The recognition of existing skills

Employers will benefit from:

  • Improved staff performance and motivation
  • Improvements in the quality of service to customers
  • The opportunity to ensure levels of service are to national standard
  • Improvements in the quality and ervice provided

Structure of NVQ


To achieve a full OCR Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Customer Service, candidates must achieve 28 credits; 8 credits from the mandatory units and 20 credits from optional units. Candidates must select at least 1 unit from each optional group. A minimum of 11 credits from optional units must be at Level 2.


Mandatory Units


F1        Communicating using customer service language

F2        Follow the rules to deliver customer service


Optional Units


Theme: Impression and Image

A1       Maintain a positive and customer- friendly attitude

A2       Adapt your behaviour to give a good customer service impression

A3       Communicate effectively with customers

A4       Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation

A5       Promote additional services or products to customers

A6       Process information about customers

A7       Live up to the customer service promise

A8       Make customer service personal

A9       Go the extra mile in customer service

A10     Deal with customers face to face

A11     Deal with incoming telephone calls from customers

A12     Make telephone calls to customers

A13     Deal with customer sin writing or electronically

A14     Use customer service as a competitive tool

A15     Organise the promotion of additional services or products to customers

A16     Build a customer service knowledge set        


Theme: Delivery

B1       Do your job in customer-friendly way

B2       Deliver reliable customer service

B3       Deliver customer service on your customer’s premises

B4       Recognise diversity when delivering customer service

B5       Deal with customers across a language divide

B6       Use questioning techniques when delivering customer service

B7       Deal with customers using bespoke software

B8       Maintain customer service through effective hand over

B9       Deliver customer service using service partnerships

B10     Organise the delivery of reliable customer service

B11     Improve the customer relationship



Theme: Handling Problems

C1       Recognise and deal with customer queries, requests and problems

C2       Take details of customer service problems

C3       Resolve customer service problems

C4       Deliver customer service to difficult customers

C5       Monitorand solve customer service problems

C6       Applyrisk assessment to customer service

C7       Process customer service complaints


Theme: Development and Improvement

D1       Developcustomer relationships

D2       Support customer service improvements

D3       Develop personal performance through delivering customer service

D4       Support customers using on-line customer services

D5       Buddy a colleague to develop their customer service skills

D6       Develop your own customer service skills through self-study

D7       Support customers using self-service technology

D8       Work with others to improve customer service

D9       Promote continuous improvement

D10     Develop your own and others’ customer service skills

D11     Lead a team to improve customer service

D12     Gather, analyse and interpret customer feedback

D13     Monitor the quality of customer service transactions



This course will be supported by learndirect online materials with feedback from
tutors and tutorials. All candidates will be observed in the workplace




Like all NVQs, these qualifications are competence-based. This means that they are linked to a person’s ability to competently perform a range of tasks connected with their


To gain these NVQs a candidate must achieve the level of competence described in the NVQ units of competence.

The units of competence contain the national occupational standards for Customer Service NVQs at Level 2, 3 and 4.