SVQ 3 Thermal Insulation (Construction)

SVQ 3 Thermal Insulation (Construction)

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) 3 in Thermal Insulation (Construction) at SCQF level 6 provides learners with the skills that they will need for employment and/or further study.

This SVQ will develop skills in working with thermal insulation to an advanced level either through the fabrication route or through the application of insulation and finishes to different surfaces. Both routes enable candidates to show that they can develop and maintain good working relationships, meet quality standards and resolve indeterminate situations, while conforming to general workplace health, safety and welfare standards.

The SVQ 3 Thermal Insulation (Construction) at SCQF level 6 is jointly awarded with the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association TICA.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQ in Thermal Insulation (Construction) at SCQF level 6 has been developed for the growing insulation sector. On successfully completing the course, learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification that guarantees they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully. Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient and safe team workers.

Since assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Candidates can progress to a range of qualifications in the construction and building services sectors.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

The achievement of other qualifications such as SVQ 2 Thermal Insulation (Construction) at SCQF level 5 can contribute towards the successful completion of this award.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for some time
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • people who wish to start their own business


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

However, candidates must be employed in the construction industry as an apprentice thermal insulation engineer. They will attend a college of further education or an approved Thermal Insulation Construction Association (TICA) training centre for a prescribed period of time during their apprenticeship.


The SVQ 3 award could provide progression to:

  • employment in the thermal insulation sector, perhaps as a foreman thermal insulator/supervisor


Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQAs Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQAs general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs. For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GJ2E 23

The SVQ 3 Thermal Insulation (Construction) at SCQF level 6 consists of six mandatory Units and two optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (70 KB).

National Occupational Standards

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

Core Skills signposting

Awarding partnership arrangements

The SVQ 3 Thermal Insulation (Construction) at SCQF level 6 is jointly awarded with the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association TICA.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

Unit Title SCQF4 SCQF5
Core Skills: Communication F42704
Core Skills: Numeracy F42B04
Core Skills: Information and Communications Technology F42E04 F42F04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42K04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42P04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Title: Assessor's Guidelines SVQ 2 Thermal Insulation (Construction) SCQF level 5 (573 KB)
Publication date: May 2012
Publications code: DB6080

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

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