SVQ Controlling Process Operations SCQF level 6 (GL8F 23)

SVQ Controlling Process Operations SCQF level 6 (GL8F 23)

This group award has been replaced.

It entered its lapsing period on: 30/11/2019

It finishes on: 30/11/2023

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Controlling Process Operations at SCQF level 6 covers the skills required by candidates working on the operational management of water, waste water or sludge processes, using their technical skills in an operational supervisory role.

Areas covered include conducting a health and safety risk assessment of a workplace and monitoring and maintaining treatment processing at optimum performance.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS). This SVQ is based on the NOS set and published by the sector skills council for the sector, Energy and Utility Skills.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Candidates 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 candidates would need to be away from their work.

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

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is intended for employees in the water industry.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

The majority of candidates' evidence for this SVQ must be generated from real work activities. This means that any candidate undertaking the SVQ in Controlling Process Operations at SCQF level 6 must be working in the water industry, supervising either water, waste water or sludge treatment operations, at one or more plants/assets.


The SVQ in Controlling Process Operations at SCQF level 6 could provide the opportunity to progress to other water-related SVQs at SCQF level 6. Successful completion of the qualification could also open up more employment opportunities and career prospects in the sector.


This qualification is part of a Qualification Partnership Agreement.

Centres interested in offering this qualification 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

The SVQ in Controlling Process Operations at SCQF level 6 consists of six mandatory units.

Group Award Code: GL8F 23

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

Qualification structure (62 KB)

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.

Core Skills signposting (41 KB)

Awarding partnership arrangements

The SVQ in Controlling Process Operations at SCQF level 6 is jointly awarded with CABWI (the Certification and Assessment Board for the Water Industry).

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

EU Skills Assessment Strategy (660 KB)

EU Skills Appendix E (620 KB)

EU Skills Assessment Strategy for Vocational Qualifications (123 KB)

Assessor's guidelines

DB6254 (1.10 MB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio