Heating and Ventilating Ductwork Planning and Installation

Heating and Ventilating Ductwork Planning and Installation

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ 3) Heating and Ventilating: Ductwork Planning and Installation at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers installing, testing, inspecting and cleaning industrial and commercial heating and ventilating ductwork systems. It also includes pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning industrial and commercial heating and ventilating systems together with performing electrical work on mechanical building services systems.

Establishing and maintaining relationships in the building services engineering sector, co-ordinating a work site, and health, safety and environmental legislation are also covered.

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 3 Heating and Ventilating: Ductwork Planning and Installation at SCQF level 6 is a re-accredited qualification.

Learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

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

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.


This SVQ 3 could provide progression to:

  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the building engineering services sector


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

Centres without devolved authority will have 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 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.

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Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GK9H 23

The SVQ 3 Heating and Ventilating: Ductwork Planning and Installation at SCQF level 6 consists of nine mandatory Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

National Occupational Standards

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

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Awarding partnership arrangements

This award is jointly certificated with Building and Engineering Services Association: BESA

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Additional Information on Assessment of Ductwork

To conform to the assessment strategy, key safety critical assessments must be undertaken by SQA approved centres.

The critical safety aspects of Ductwork detailed in the table below must be assessed through centre devised material which must be subject to prior verification and approved for use by the External Verifier.

Heating and Ventilating/Ductwork

Activities related to limited scope electrical work

As relevant, the installation, connection and service/maintenance of ductwork systems and equipment

These key safety-critical aspects are assessed in the two Units listed below:

  • Perform Electrical Work on Mechanical Building Services Systems
  • Install and Test Industrial and Commercial Heating and Ventilating Systems

The verification of the aspects, detailed in the table above, within these two Units will ensure compliance with the assessment strategy statement dated 10 June 2015 that a Final Competence Assessment (FCA) is not appropriate.

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

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