SVQ Process Engineering Maintenance (Instrument and Control) SCQF level 7

The Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) in Process Engineering Maintenance at SCQF level 7 provide skills and knowledge in the maintenance and operation of process engineering plant and equipment for the oil and gas extraction, chemicals manufacturing and petroleum industries. The SVQs identify competences that are specific to each of the maintenance disciplines: Electrical, Instrument and Control, and Mechanical.

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 sector, Cogent.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain an internationally-recognised qualification that 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.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace. This minimises any time learners need to be away from their work.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (for example, day-release)

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQs in Process Engineering Maintenance are intended for people in the oil and gas extraction, chemicals manufacturing and petroleum industries who may be working as maintenance technicians or production technicians.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. As these are mainly work-based qualifications, candidates should be in positions which would enable them to provide the required evidence.


Successful completion of the SVQ in Process Engineering Maintenance (Instrument and Control) could 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 will 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

For general information, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs. For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the assessment strategy.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GR8H 23

The SVQ in Process Engineering Maintenance (Instrument and Control) at SCQF level 7 consists of eight mandatory units and four optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure. (92 KB)

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is included in the Process Manufacturing Modern Apprenticeship framework.

SQA also offers the following components of this apprenticeship:

  • GR8G 23  SVQ in Process Engineering Maintenance (Electrical) at SCQF level 7
  • GR8J 23 SVQ in Process Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical) at SCQF level 7
  • GC3E 23 SVQ in Downstream Field Operations at SCQF level 6
  • GG3A 23 SVQ in Downstream Control Room Operations at SCQF level 6
Unit Title Unit Code
Core Skills: Communication F427 04
Core Numeracy: Communication F42B 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42F 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42K 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42P 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Cogent Assessment Strategy (326 KB)

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio