Hand Winch Operations Award SCQF level 6

The Award in Hand Winch Operations at SCQF level 6 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as how to use hand-powered winches to carry out tree felling and clearing.

Achievement of this Award is nationally recognised.

This qualification covers areas such as routine and specific maintenance of chainsaws and the use of hand winches when preparing for and safely carrying out timber felling and clearing.

This qualification is available through training providers and colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

Centres have the flexibility to choose the delivery method which best suits their circumstances and their learners.

The Award can be used to offer a progression pathway to other qualifications (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The Hand Winch Operations Award at SCQF level 6 is suitable for:

  • trainees preparing for employment
  • employees studying as part of a continuing professional development programme
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • those who wish to start their own business


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

No specific knowledge is required to undertake this Award.


The Award may provide progression to a range of related chainsaw and tree clearing qualifications including:

  • Award in Chainsaw Felling Large Trees at SCQF Level 6
  • SVQ in General Woodland and Forestry Treework at SCQF Level 6


Centres interested in offering this qualification are required 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. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Group Award Specification (Arrangements Document).


How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Awards are not graded.

Each unit is assessed separately. Each unit requires that the candidate produces practical evidence. Evidence will be based on the candidate's practical experience.

Assessment can take place at appropriate points as candidates progress through the tasks within the units. Evidence of assessment can be presented in a format which best suits the individual candidates and the activities being undertaken.

Evidence can include written records, e-mails, assessor records, diaries, videos, recordings of interviews or photographs.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GP5F 46 (9 credit points)

The Award in Hand Winch Operations at SCQF level 6 consists of three mandatory units (9 SCQF credit points).

Group Award Specifiction  (44 KB)