National Occupational Standards

Processing Operations Hydrocarbons (Level 3) – Control Room

Revision: November 2006

Aim and objectives:

The Processing Operations Hydrocarbons (Level 3) Control Room National Occupational Standards (NOS) define the expected level of performance, knowledge, understanding and behaviour an individual must achieve when carrying out control room 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 are experienced control room process technicians.


The standards form part of Level 3 SVQ/NVQ Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons (Control Room).

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 3 (Control Room) is jointly awarded by SQA and OPITO. The Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons L3 (Control Room) 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 and individual standards are available to view and download, along with the SVQ Qualification Structure.

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