Fabrication and Welding Engineering

Fabrication and Welding Engineering

The Scottish Vocational Qualification in Fabrication and Welding Engineering at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise. The qualification has been developed by Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

This qualification covers complying with statutory regulations and organisational requirements, using and interpreting engineering data and documentation, and working efficiently and effectively in engineering.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this 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.

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

This SVQ allows specialisation in the skills being developed, meeting the needs of each candidate for their own particular work role.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is likely to be undertaken by those working as, or hoping to work as, welding operatives, welders, fabricators or sheet metal workers.


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.



The SVQ 3 Fabrication and Welding Engineering could open up more employment opportunities and career prospects.


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

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 the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

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: GL6F 23

The SVQ 3 Fabrication and Welding Engineering at SCQF level 6 consists of three mandatory units and a number of optional units, depending on the pathway chosen.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure.

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.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is included in the Level 3 Engineering Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

  • GF9Y 22 SVQ 2 Performing Engineering Operations
  • G9XJ 23 SVQ 3 Business Improvement Techniques (Process Improvement)
  • G9XF 23 SVQ 3 Business Improvement Techniques (Quality Improvement)
Unit title SCQF 5
Core Skills: Communication F427 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42B 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42F 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42K 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines