National Progression Award Construction: Floorcovering Occupations SCQF level 5

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Construction – Floorcovering Occupations at SCQF level 5 introduces learners to general workplace health, safety and welfare, productive work practices, and a range of floorcovering tasks such as basic setting out for floorcoverings.

This NPA develops knowledge and understanding of construction; practical, technical and transferable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; resource management; problem solving and planning; organisational and communication skills.

The qualification is available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The NPA in Construction – Floorcovering Occupations at SCQF level 5 offers current, fit-for-purpose, bite-sized chunks of learning that are straightforward for centres to adopt and for learners to study. New skills can be gained quickly and cost-effectively.

The framework of mandatory and optional units enables centres to tailor their offer to meet local needs while the size of unit also supports flexibility — units can slot into school timetables; and they are a more manageable size for employee training.    

NPAs provide opportunities for partnership delivery that can provide benefits for partners and increase options for learners.

NPAs can add value and breadth to a CV for a learner by developing vocational skills.

This NPA covers SCQF levels 4–6, allowing clear progression and development routes to:

  • higher level education
  • employment

This NPA provides opportunities to develop:

  • Core Skills (which underpin all National Certificates)
  • transferable skills
  • employability skills           

The NPA could be offered in one of the following modes:

  • full-time (eg as a fast-track into a full NC or HN programme)
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

The NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for a long period of time
  • individuals who are seeking national recognition of their achievements


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. 


The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • Modern Apprenticeships
  • Employment in the Construction sector, perhaps as an Apprentice or Labourer.


Centres not already approved to deliver this qualification need 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

Assessment of this award will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under closed- and open-book assessment conditions. It is recommended that centres refer to the assessment and evidence requirements for each unit.

Training Assessment Programme’s (TAPs) are available for this qualification.

The delivery of the award is at the individual centre’s discretion.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualifications Structure

Group Award code: GN05 45 (Minimum 63 SCQF credit points)

The NPA Construction – Floorcovering Occupations at SCQF level 5 consists of two mandatory units and eight optional units (63 SCQF credit points). 

Group Award Specification (705 KB)