SVQ Designing Water Networks SCQF level 6 (GP35 23)

The SVQ finishes on: 30/09/2024 (GP35 23)

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Designing Water Networks at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate their skills and competence in this particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification has six mandatory units including: Assessing Factors that Impact on Utility Network Designs and Producing Detailed Drawings to Support Utility Network Activities.

This SVQ is based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set and published by the sector skills council Energy and Utility Skills. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that 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

Upon successful completion, 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.

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 sector.


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 learner undertaking the SVQ in Designing Water Networks at SCQF level 6 must be working in water network design on a regular basis.


The SVQ in Designing Water Networks at SCQF level 6 could provide learners with 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.


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

The SVQ in Designing Water Networks at SCQF level 6 consists of 6 mandatory units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (59 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 (70 KB)

Awarding partnership arrangements

This SVQ is awarded jointly with CABWI (the Certification and Assessment Board for the Water Industry).

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is included in the Level 3 Water Industries Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

Code Title
GL45 23 SVQ in Water Industry Operations at SCQF level 6
GL8F 23 SVQ in Controlling Process Operations at SCQF level 6
GL8E 23 SVQ in Leakage Control (Water) at SCQF level 6
GL8G 23 SVQ in Network Construction Operations (Water) at SCQF level 6
GJ90 15 HNC Water Operations
G9PC 47 PDA in Water Operations: Drinking Water Process at SCQF level 7
G9P9 47 PDA in Water Operations: Waste Water Process at SCQF level 7
G9PA 47 PDA in Water Operations: Water Distribution and Water Utilisation at SCQF level 7
GK61 62 Level 2 Award for Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces
GK62 62 Level 2 Award for Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces
GK60 62 Level 2 Award for Working in High Risk Confined Spaces

Core skills

SCQF 5 Unit Title
F427 04 Core Skills: Communication
F42B 04 Core Skills: Numeracy
F42F 04 Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology
F42K 04 Core Skills: Problem Solving
F42P 04 Core Skills: Working with Others

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