SVQ Process Engineering Maintenance (Electrical)

The Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Process Engineering Maintenance provide skills and knowledge in the maintenance and operation of process engineering plant and equipment for the oil and gas extraction, chemicals manufacturing and petroleum industries. The SVQs have been developed in partnership with Cogent and Opito and identify competences specific to each of the maintenance disciplines: Electrical, Instruments, and Mechanical.

These SVQs are available through OPITO and sector-specific employers.

These SVQs have now been extended until 31/07/2018.

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQs in Process Engineering Maintenance are nationally recognised and based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) developed by Cogent.

This SVQ incorporates the national occupational standards and qualification structure identified by OPITO as part of the Cogent SSC footprint 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 SVQs are intended for people in the oil and gas extraction, chemicals manufacturing and petroleum industries who may be working as maintenance technicians or production technicians. Units can be selected to suit the candidate’s work role.

These SVQs recognise candidates’ skills and achievements and offer enhanced job satisfaction.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. As these are mainly work-based qualifications, candidates should be in positions which would enable them to provide the required evidence.


The SVQs in Process Engineering Maintenance are well structured opportunities that open up the possibility of continued study, more employment opportunities, and improved career prospects.


Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in theSystems and Qualification Approval Guide (510 KB).

How to assess

Assessment is mainly through performance in the workplace.

Evidence may be gathered by observation, product evaluation, questioning, witness testimony, and personal statement.

Simulation is permitted where it is not practical to assess a candidate in a real work situation.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

National Occupational Standards

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

Modern Apprenticeship

This Award is also part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Process Manufacturing L3

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material