SVQ Leakage Control (Water) SCQF level 6 (GR70 23)

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Leakage Control (Water) at SCQF level 6 covers the skills required by leakage control technicians, whose role it is to control and minimise leakage on the water distribution network.

Areas covered include evaluating data to identify potential leakage and determining leakage detection methods and techniques in response to identified water loss.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS). This SVQ is based on the NOS set and published by the sector skills council for the Energy and Utility Skills sector.

This qualification is available through employers 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 can be offered in the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is intended for employees in the water industry.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

The majority of candidates' evidence for this SVQ must be generated from real work activities. This means that any candidate undertaking the SVQ in Leakage Control (Water) at SCQF level 6 must be working in the water industry or for a specialist leakage contractor and controlling leakage on a regular basis.


The SVQ in Leakage Control (Water) at SCQF level 6 could provide the opportunity to progress to other water-related SVQs at SCQF level 6. Successful completion of the qualification could also open up more employment opportunities and career prospects in the sector.


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority 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.

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 Structure

The SVQ in Leakage Control (Water) at SCQF level 6 consists of five mandatory units and one optional unit.

Group Award: GR70 23

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure.

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.

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Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is included in the Water Industry Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offer the following Core Skills components and other mandatory and optional qualifications included in the Apprenticeship framework:

Unit title SCQF 5

Core Skills: Communication

F427 04

Core Skills: Numeracy

F42B 04

Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology

F42F 04

Core Skills: Problem Solving

F42K 04

Core Skills: Working with Others

F42P 04

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