National Progression Award Construction SCQF level 5

National Progression Award Construction SCQF level 5

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Construction at SCQF level 5 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the construction sector.

This NPA develops knowledge and understanding; practical, technical and transferable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; resource management; problem solving and planning; and organisational and communication skills — all relate to construction.

It covers areas such as health and safety in a construction environment; access platforms and equipment; construction occupation practices; efficient construction practices; information and communication technology; and employment and behavioural skills.

The qualification is available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

NPAs are trusted because they are developed by practitioners from industry and are supported by the relevant sector skills council (SSC). Industry has recognised that the qualification fits the job.

The NPA in Construction at SCQF level 5 offers current, fit for purpose, bite-sized chunks of learning that are straightforward for centres to adopt and for learners to study. New skills can be gained quickly and cost effectively.

The framework of mandatory and optional units enables centres to tailor their offer to meet local needs while the size of unit also supports flexibility — units can slot into school timetables; and they are a more manageable size for employee training.    

NPAs provide opportunities for partnership delivery that can provide benefits for partners and increase options for learners.

NPAs can add value and breadth to a CV for a learner by developing vocational skills.

This NPA covers SCQF levels 4–5, allowing clear progression and development routes to:

  • higher level education
  • to employment

This NPA provides opportunities to develop:

  • Core Skills (which underpin all National Certificates)
  • transferable skills
  • employability skills         

The NPA could be offered in one of the following modes:

  • full-time (eg as a fast-track into full a NC or HN programme)
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

The NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for a long period of time
  • individuals who are seeking national recognition of their achievements


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners would benefit from having attained knowledge and understanding required by one of the following qualifications:

National 4 Skills for Work: Construction

National 5 Skills for Work: Construction 


The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • Modern Apprenticeships
  • Employment in the construction sector, perhaps as an apprentice or labourer


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres not already approved to deliver this qualification need 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 the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Assessment of this NPA will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under closed- and open-book assessment conditions. It is recommended that centres refer to the assessment and evidence requirements for each unit.

Training assessment programmes (TAPs) are available for this qualification.

The delivery of the award is at the individual centre’s discretion.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualifications structure

Group award code: GL35 45

The NPA Construction at SCQF level 5 consists of 12 credits (96 SCQF credit points). 

Group Award Specification for NPA in Construction SCQF level 5. (694 KB)