National Occupational Standards

Processing Operations Hydrocarbons (Level 2)

Revision: November 2006

Aim and objectives:

The Processing Operations Hydrocarbons (Level 2) National Occupational Standards (NOS) define the expected level of performance, knowledge, understanding and behaviour an individual must achieve when carrying out routine hydrocarbons processing operations in the workplace. The standards will act as benchmarks for assessing and monitoring on the job competence.

Target audience:

The standards have been designed for individuals who have been working within a processing operations environment with responsibility for a limited number of processes and/or for individuals who are participating in a development programme which would ultimately lead to the individual becoming a process technician.


The standards form part of Level 2 SVQ/NVQ Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons.

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) provide recognition of an individual’s ability to work in real work conditions. Quality assured certificates of competence for SVQs/NVQs are issued by Awarding Bodies / Organisations.

The SVQ Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons Level 2 is jointly awarded by SQA and OPITO. The Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons L2 NVQ Certificate (QCF) is awarded by PAA\VQ-SET.


Organisations implementing SVQs/NVQs should refer to the Oil and Gas Industry Competence Assessment and Verification Guidelines. Organisations implementing the SVQ must comply with the OPITO Assessment and Verification Strategy for Upstream Oil and Gas SVQs. Organisations should also refer to the relevant Awarding Body / Organisation guides.

The full standard and individual standards are available to view and download, along with the SVQ Qualification Structure.

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