Domestic Plumbing and Heating (Snipef) SVQ @ SCQF Level 7


This course gives you the opportunity to learn the foundation skills required for a career in the construction industry. It is designed for someone who is working as a trainee/apprentice. It consists of a range of practical and theoretical units and will lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

This is a qualification designed to prove that the learner has met the standards of work demanded by his/her chosen trade. The course is delivered by means of a nationally devised Training and Assessment Programme (TAP) and by completing a portfolio of evidence completed in your workplace




You will attend college for two days per week in year one and two and 1 day per week in year three.

Entry Requirements

You must be able to meet the following criteria; secure employment as a Modern Apprentice in your chosen craft,and be able to attend College for approximately 190 days for the firstthree years of your four-year apprenticeship.

You should be physically fit, able to work in different environments and good at working with your hands.

Good literacy and drawing skills are an advantage.

Additional Entry Requirements


Information and Interview Session Requirements

No information or interview sessions are required for this course as your employer will be employing you directly and sending you to college through a chosen managing agent.

Course Content

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Plumbing and Heating at SCQF level 7 allows candidates to demonstrate their competence in job-related skills in their area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as installing, testing, servicing, maintaining, inspecting, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning domestic plumbing and heating systems.

This qualification has been designed in partnership/jointly awarded with theSNIJIB (Scottish and Northern Ireland Joint Industry Board)to ensure relevance to the sector.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS). SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that NOS are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.


Assessments are integrated throughout the course and are both practical and written.


The SCQF level 7 award could provide progression to:

  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the domestic plumbing sector, perhaps as a plumber
  • trade specific qualifications

Career Prospects

Continued employment in the Construction Industry as a tradesperson where you may then progress to site manager and further with additional qualifications in future years.

Additional funding information

As an apprentice you will be directly employed by you employer where you will be paid an appropriate rate of pay.

Selling Points

A construction apprenticeship can open the doors to employment across Scotland, UK and further.