SVQ Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons (Control Room)

The standards provide an accurate and detailed definition of what candidates must know, understand and be able to do. This SVQ will enable those working in this sector to develop the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate competence in their job role.

SQA offers Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons (Control Room) at Level 3.

The SVQ is based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set and published by the Sector Skills Council for the sector, Cogent.

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

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQs in Process Operations Hydrocarbons are nationally recognised, work-based qualifications which relate to the candidates’ actual work. They can be offered at any time and do not need to follow the academic session.

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 SVQs in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons are nationally-recognised qualifications designed for people working, or intending to work, in a number of areas in the oil and gas extraction industry, including production operations and multi-tasking operations.

Level 3 has been produced in two formats:

  • Level 3 SVQ in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons is designed for experienced process operators/technicians who work predominantly as ‘outside operators’.
  • Level 3 SVQ in Processing Operations (Control Room): Hydrocarbons is aimed at experienced process operators working predominantly in a control room.

Each level is related to candidates’ work, recognising their skills and achievements and providing well structured opportunities to improve skills and career prospects whilst improving job satisfaction.


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


These SVQs open up the possibility of continued study, with candidates progressing to higher level SVQs in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons.

Any of these SVQs could 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

The SVQs are designed to be assessed in the workplace, or in conditions of the workplace. Evidence may be gathered by observation, product evaluation, questioning, witness testimony and personal statement.

Level 3 candidates must be assessed in their normal work environment, which in this case would be the production systems within an oil and gas extraction facility. Only Contribute to the Control of Emergencies and Critical Situations Unit (ATOW 04) and Control of Emergencies and Critical Situations Unit (B1AV 04) are suitable for complete assessment by simulation.


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.

Awarding partnership arrangements

This award is jointly awarded with OPITO.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material