SVQ Frontline Environmental Services SCQF level 5

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Frontline Environmental Services at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as:

This qualification has been designed by EU Skills. 

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 and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

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 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

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 then to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications or knowledge are required to undertake this qualification.


The qualification could provide progression to:

  • an HNC in Sustainable Resource Management or a related area
  • an SVQ in Waste Supervisory Management at SCQF 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

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 SVQ, please refer to the assessment strategy.

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Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ Frontline Environmental Services at SCQF level 5 consists of four mandatory units and six optional units.

Group Award: GR8C 22

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure (108 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.

Core skills signposting (78 KB)

Unit title SCQF 4 SCQF 5

Core Skills: Communication

F426 04

F427 04

Core Skills: Numeracy

F42A 04

F42B 04

Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology

F42E 04

F42F 04

Core Skills: Problem Solving

F42J 04

F42K 04

Core Skills: Working with Others

F42N 04

F42P 04

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the SCQF Level 5 Sustainable Resource Management Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components at level 5 in the apprenticeships:

GG33 45 Certificate in Principles of Sustainable Resource Management (SCQF 5)

GG35 46 SVQ 2 Certificate in Principles of Sustainable Resource Management (SCQF 5)

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