Supervision of Port Operations Level 3

Supervision of Port Operations Level 3

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Supervision of Port Operations Level 3 allows candidates to demonstrate competence across a wide range of port operations.

The options available range from developing procedures to controlling risks to health, safety and security in ports, to ensuring the operational readiness of a port terminal, to co-ordinating and controlling vessel berthing operations.

This qualification has been designed in conjunction with Port Skills and Safety to ensure relevance to the sector.

It is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

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.

Employers benefit from proficient employees.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace, minimising time learners need to be away from their work.

Candidates can progress to a range of general management qualifications.

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 suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • individuals who are responsible for supervising the operational activities associated with the transfer of cargo and passengers between the vessel and cargo storage area/passenger terminal


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

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

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience or knowledge of port operations would be an advantage.


The Level 3 award could provide progression to:


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.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GJ6W 23

The SVQ Port Operations Level consists of three mandatory Units, up to three Units from Group A, up to three Units from Group B, and up to four Units from Group C.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (179 KB).

National Occupational Standards

Centres using these units should also refer to the full National Occupational Standards for information relating to the overview and scope. This information is available on the Port Skills and Safety website.

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.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Useful links

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Port Skills and Safety