SVQ Enabling Clients to Access Career Development Services SCQF level 7

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Enabling Clients to Access Career Development Opportunities at SCQF level 7 is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as communicating with potential clients, supporting clients to make use of services, reviewing your contribution to services.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Standards Setting body, the Career Development Institute (CDI) 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 suite of qualifications is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

This SVQ for the CIAG sector is a new qualification. It is designed to provide specialist training for practitioners working in career guidance and/or employability support and to provide maximum flexibility for candidates and employers in this diverse sector.

National Context

Across the UK, there are differing structures and approaches to career development. The NOS have been written to enable the differences to be accommodated and to enable different terminology to be applied as appropriate.

However, regardless of the national context, at the heart of career development is the client-centred approach, with a focus on positive outcomes for the individuals or groups that a career development practitioner supports.

It is expected that effective practice in career development will be based on a specialist body of knowledge that supports the profession.

Principles and Values

The principles and values of those who work in career development were discussed during development of these NOS, and identified as integral to the way in which practitioners deliver career development and support opportunities to individuals and groups. The career development sector has developed codes of practice and ethics which capture this approach, and it is expected that the majority of the career development workforce will be aware of and adhere to relevant codes.

Target group and relevant occupations

These standards are for anybody who supports or delivers career development opportunities and activities, either as a part, or as the majority, of their role, within the public, private or voluntary sectors. They apply at organisational and individual levels.

The range of occupations in the career development workforce is extensive and encompasses work-based and education-related services, private organisations, voluntary, public sector and community-based services across the UK. The range of functions that are delivered by the sector as a whole is defined in the functional map developed by the CDI.

'Career Development' has been used to mean the improvement of the career management skills of individuals. It does this by providing information, advice and guidance about career and learning options and identifying and developing individuals' knowledge, attitudes and skills, aspirations and motivation to lifelong learning. This could take place in the workplace, community or in organisations with a career development focus, learning organisations or other places where individuals are encouraged to develop their career or educational prospects.  Career development support will occur across a range of delivery channels or media.

Successful candidates will gain an internationally-recognised qualification that guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Assessment is carried out in the workplace, which minimises any time candidates would need to be away from their work.

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

  • in the workplace
  • part-time (eg day-release)

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment in the career guidance and employability support sectors and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • new recruits to the sector

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

The SVQ is work-based and assessed in the workplace. Candidates should be employed in the sector or have access to a suitable placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow them to gather the required evidence. 


Candidates successfully completing The SVQ 3 Enabling clients to access career development services at SCQF level 7 could progress to:

  • the SVQ 4 Career Information, Advice and Employability Support
  • PDA Career Information, Advice and Guidance: Advanced Practice at SCQF level 8 (GJ36 48)
  • lateral progression to HNC Career Information Advice and Guidance (GJ4E 15) or PDA Career Information, Advice and Guidance: Customer Support (GH9D 47) and/or PDA Career Information, Advice and Guidance: Customer Engagement (GH58 47)
  • degree level study in a related discipline at a higher education institution
  • employment in a range of jobs in the CIAG or Employability Support sectors


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: GL47 23

The SVQ Enabling clients to access career development opportunities at SCQF level 7 consists of three mandatory Units and four optional Units.

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

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

*Details of the relevant MA should be available shortly

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Assessor's Guidelines are under development and will be added when available

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

  • Guidance for Candidates starting an SVQ
  • Candidate Portfolio A4 Cover
  • Candidate blank recording form

Qualification Verification Summary Reports