SVQ Textile Care Services SCQF level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Textile Care Services at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as health, safety and security at work in the laundry, wet and dry cleaning sector. Learners will choose a specialised route in the laundry, wet or dry cleaning area of textile care.

The main purpose of this qualification is to provide the theoretical knowledge and vocational skills that are necessary to successfully fulfil a role in the textile care industry. It also reflects the changes that are occurring within the textile care sector, such as the substantial growth of wet care cleaning as an alternative to the traditional dry cleaning techniques.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with UKFT, the Sector Skills Council, to ensure relevance to the sector.

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

Upon successful completion, learners will gain al 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.

Advancements in technology and the increase in enforcement of solvent emissions legislation plus the increased global restrictions on environmental issues to restrict the traditional methods of solvents and their use in the industrial / commercial sector is going to make the onus on dry cleaners to become more eco-friendly.

This is driving existing and new businesses to consider the wet cleaning route to add to their existing process or in some cases to replace it completely. Several leading garment manufacturers and retailers are now labelling their expensive outer wear as exclusively to be processed in the wet cleaning process. The textile care services industry can only see this trend increasing in the fashion world. This qualification reflects the industry's progression and innovation whilst including a route that allows the traditional processing skills found in dry cleaning to be covered.

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 and enhance their professional development


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners do not need to have formal relevant qualifications to enter this SVQ. However, good communication skills and previous experience of working in a laundry environment would be an advantage

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


The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • employment in the textile care sector
  • a relevant Modern Apprenticeship, for example in Fashion and Textiles Heritage


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.

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Qualification Structure

The SVQ Textile Care services at SCQF level 5 consists of 1 mandatory Units and 4 optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to:

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.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 5 Fashion and Textiles Heritage Modern Apprenticeship.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Qualification Verification Summary Reports