SVQ Offshore Deck Operations

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 2 in Offshore Deck Operations at SCQF level 6 has been developed by OPITO and SQA and is intended for people working in the oil and gas industry looking to develop their skills in the moving of loads, helicopter handling operations and general deck operations.

This SVQ is available through sector specific employers and training providers.

This SVQ has now been extended until 31/01/2017.

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQ in Offshore Deck Operations is a work-based qualification, assessed in the workplace or in conditions of the workplace. These may range from offshore platforms and installations, to the premises of training providers with facilities that replicate realistic working environments.

This SVQ incorporates the national occupational standards and qualification structure identified by OPITO and is accredited by the SQA as a Scottish Vocational Qualification. This qualification is awarded, and certificate issued, by the Scottish Qualifications Authority & OPITO.

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQ in Offshore Deck Operations is designed for people working in the oil and gas industry as deck crew or heli-deck crew on offshore platforms and installations and who can benefit from well structured opportunities to improve their skills and career prospects.

The qualification is related to candidates’ work, providing wide recognition of the candidate’s abilities and achievements, which may lead to enhanced job satisfaction.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. As this is mainly a work-based qualification, candidates should be in job roles which would enable them to provide the required evidence.


Candidates could progress to higher level SVQs in related oil and gas areas, such as Offshore Drilling Operations at level 3.

An SVQ in Offshore Deck Operations could also open up more employment opportunities and career prospects.


Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

This SVQ is designed to be assessed in the workplace, or in the conditions of the workplace.

Evidence may be gathered by observation, product evaluation, questioning, personal statements, witness testimony, simulation, previous experience or learning, case studies or assignments.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Qualification structure

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Opito SVQ Assessment Strategy (approved 28 August 2013) (115 KB)

Opito SVQ Assessment Strategy (to be used from 10 August 2016) (589 KB)

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Internal Assessment Reports



Awarding partnership arrangements

This qualification is jointly awarded by Opito.