PDA Painting and Decorating SCQF level 6

PDA Painting and Decorating SCQF level 6

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards. The PDA in Painting and Decorating at SCQF level 6 covers the following specialist skills applying coatings to cementitious surfaces, applying solvent and water borne surface coatings and airless spraying.

This qualification may be available through colleges, training providers and some employers. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.

Internal Assessment Guidance 2020-21

February 2021

Subject guidance 2021 – PDA Painting and Decorating SCQF level 6 (172 KB)

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Painting and Decorating at SCQF level 6 has developed in partnership with employers and industry so it is suitable for the current sector.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while learners will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace.

It can also be offered to people who are in training and who wish to gain employment in the sector.

The Unit-based structure aids timetable flexibility. Units are typically 40 hours of learning and they can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis.

This PDA provides progression routes to further study (see Progression). 

Who does this qualification suit

The target audience is those in work, or seeking employment, who require a specific skill set.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


The Units in the PDA have been designed against the National Occupational Standards for Painting and Decorating.

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs, which could perhaps lead to a full HN qualification or SVQ in Painting and Decorating at level 6.


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

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Each Unit is assessed separately.

Assessment will allow candidates to enhance their own practice. The use of reports and projects is crucial to this.

Training and Assessment Programmes are available for this qualification.

Where can you take this course?

Qualifications Structure

Group Award code: GM4T 46 (30.5 SCQF credit points)


The PDA in Painting and Decorating at SCQF level 6 consists of 22 mandatory Units.

Group Award Specification

Modern Apprenticeship

This PDA is a mandatory component in the Level 6 Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship

GM7W 23 SVQ Painting and Decorating at SCQF Level 6

Unit Title SCQF 3 SCQF 4 SCQF 5 SCQF 6
Core Skills: Communication F425 04 F426 04 F427 04 F428 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F429 04 F42A 04 F42B 04 F42C 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42D 04 F42E 04 F42F 04 F42G 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42H 04 F42J 04 F42K 04 F42L 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42M 04 F42N 04 F42P 04 F42R 04