SVQ Land-based Engineering (Arboriculture/Forestry) SCQF level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Land-based Engineering (Arboriculture/Forestry) at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

The qualification covers core land-based engineering topics such as: mechanical principles; tools and equipment; material preparation, shaping and assembly; servicing and maintenance; and thermal joining processes. The mandatory units also cover health, safety and security, and working relationships.

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 qualification is available through employers, colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Upon successful completion, learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

As assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

The SVQ in Land-based Engineering (Arboriculture/Forestry) 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:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

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


The SVQ in Land-based Engineering (Arboriculture/Forestry) at SCQF level 5 award could provide progression to the SVQ at SCQF level 6. There may also be opportunities to progress to other relevant qualifications at various SCQF levels.

Successful completion of the qualification could also open up more employment opportunities and career prospects in the sector.


Centres interested in offering this qualification 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. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Assessment Strategy.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Information for Assessment of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ in Land-based Engineering (Arboriculture/Forestry) at SCQF level 5 consists of 10 mandatory units and five optional units. The qualification structure also includes one additional unit. Candidates may complete this additional unit; however, this will not contribute to the achievement of the full SVQ.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (78 KB).

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

This SVQ is included in the Level 2 Land-based Engineering Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

Unit Title SCQF 4
Core Skills: Communication F426 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42A 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42E 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42J 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42N 04

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