Skills College of Technology (SCOT)

Skills College of Technology (SCOT) is the dedicated training and assessment arm of Skills International. It comprises of an Engineering Faculty, a Faculty of Training Material Development and an Assessment & Examination Department. Located in Nugegoda, Kandy, Jaffna, Matara and Kurunegala, the SCOT currently caters to around 2,000 students. It is an approved centre of City & Guilds of UK and is registered with the Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka. Its teaching faculty consists of both permanent and visiting resource persons. The visiting faculty comprises of personnel drawn from universities, technical and technological institutions and industry. This diversity and the experience of the teaching faculty have ensured the quality and relevance of training provided by SCOT.

Engineering Faculty

Leader in Technical Education

Skills College of Technology (SCOT) has earned its place as Sri Lanka’s leading Technical Education Institute in the private sector. It maintains its leadership by consistently improving its quality of delivery as well as facilities. With its commitment to provide demand driven programs with international recognition, SCOT conducts many City & Guilds Engineering Training Programmes in Sri Lanka and is assisting the establishment of similar initiatives in Pakistan and Maldives. With its rapid growth and expansion, SCOT continues to enrich the lives of many in the South Asian Region.

Impressive Track Record

Over the years SCOT students have been assessed highly (maintaining a 95% pass rate at present) by City & Guilds. Several students have been awarded “Medals of Excellence”, which are presented to students who obtain the highest mark in a particular subject. Last year Mr. Tharindu Rajapakse, a student of SCOT, was presented with the ‘Lion Award’ which is awarded to the best amongst the “Medals of Excellence” awardees internationally, thus bringing honour & recognition to the country and SCOT. It was the first time a Sri Lankan had won the award.

Having “Quality above all” as its focus, SCOT has added many new features like Career Guidance and Workplace Learning to its Value added Services. SCOT Engineering Faculty comprises of the following Departments.

  • Technical & Vocational Studies
  • Graduate & Post Graduate Engineering Studies
  • Examination Department
  • English/Business Support Skills

With an outstanding faculty & purpose built facilities, SCOT is constantly looking to provide Quality Education to cater to the growing needs in Sri Lanka. With our wide range of products, linkages with the private and public sector, International and local recognition, SCOT continues to be the foremost Technical & Vocational Education Service provider of the private sector in Sri Lanka.

SCOT Advantage

SCOT has become the ‘First Choice’ for many individuals when it comes to City & Guilds Education for many reasons. Together with its affiliation to City & Guilds (UK), a well experienced lecture panel, modern classroom facilities, continuous monitoring of students based on our ‘Student-centric’ approach and affordable prices have placed SCOT distinctively ahead of all other higher education institutes in the region offering City & Guilds qualifications. Its status as a fully accredited Assessment Centre for Engineering Education in Sri Lanka by City & Guilds reiterates the fulfilment of all City & Guilds requirements in terms of quality assurance.

City & Guilds Programs

The Engineering faculty conducts classes and assessments for the following list of internationally recognised qualifications.QCF – Qualifications & Credit Framework of UK; NQF – National Qualifications Framework of England, Ireland & Wales.

Field Course Level QCF/NQF Awarding body Duration (Full time-FT; Part time-PT)
Civil Engineering SCOT Foundation Level   SCOT 6 months – FT/PT
Technician Diploma in Construction Industry 3 City & Guilds 1 year – FT/PT
Technician Advanced Diploma in Construction Industry 5 City & Guilds 1 year – FT/PT
Technician Diploma in Construction Industry – Quantity Surveying 3 City & Guilds 1 year – FT/PT
Technician Advanced Diploma in Construction Industry – Quantity Surveying 5 City & Guilds 1 year – FT/PT
Mechanical Engineering SCOT Foundation Level   SCOT  
Diploma in Engineering skills 3 City & Guilds  
Advanced Diploma in Engineering skills 5 City & Guilds  
Technician Diploma in Mechanical Engineering – Manufacturing 3 City & Guilds 1 year – PT
Advanced Technician Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing) – Theory Only 5 City & Guilds 1 year – PT
Automotive Engineering Skills Proficiency Awards in Motor Vehicle Engineering City & Guilds  
SCOT Foundation Level   SCOT 6 months – FT
Technician Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering 3 City & Guilds 1 year – FT/PT
Technician Advanced Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering 5 City & Guilds 1 year – PT
Electronic Engineering SCOT Foundation Level   SCOT 6 months – FT/PT
Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering 3 City & Guilds 1 year – FT/PT
Advanced Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering 5 City & Guilds 1 year – PT
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Diploma in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 3 City & Guilds 1 year – PT
Advanced Diploma in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning-Theory Only 5 City & Guilds 1 year – PT

Our Students, Our Pride!

SCOT has always been a ‘Quality Education Provider’ and the rewards have been highly inspiring. Listed below are students of our institution who won “World Medals of Excellence” at City & Guilds Examinations. City & Guilds Medals of Excellence are awarded to those who score the highest marks in the world for a particular subject. We are proud of these students’ achievements and are happy that we have played a part in their success.

Ganga Edirisinghe
City & Guilds Medal of Excellence – Advanced Technician Diploma in Construction Engineering/Quantity Surveying

Hirantha Tharindu Rajapaksha
World Award of Excellence – International Lion Award for Advanced Technician Diploma in Motor Vehicle Engineering

M. A. Magdon Ismail
Advanced Technician Diploma in Electronic & Electrical Engineering

S. Withanage
Advanced Technician Diploma in Construction Industry

M.F.Mohamed Jesly
Technician Diploma in Refrigeration and Air conditioning

Mohamed Amjad
Diploma in Retail Management

City & Guilds Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering

Skills College of Technology (SCOT) launched the City & Guilds Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering in July 2011. These two programmes are placed at level 6 and 7 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) of UK respectively. The Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate Diplomas in Engineering have been developed for those undergoing training or those employed in the fields of Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Telecommunication, IT or Mechanical Engineering. These qualifications provide an alternative flexible method of satisfying the academic requirements of professional institutions or providing continued professional development (CPD) for students already in employment. The qualifications also provide a fresh opportunity for those possessing science degrees or higher technology qualifications to change their careers to Engineering. These qualifications are City & Guilds successor qualifications to the Engineering Council examinations.

Being Level 6 & 7 qualifications on the QCF/NQF of UK, the Graduate and Post Graduate Diplomas in Engineering are equivalent to UK’s BEng(Hons) and M(Eng) degree programs respectively. The programmes have also been recognized by the Engineering Professional Bodies according to the discipline.

The following chart illustrates the recognitions


Recognized by City & Guilds Graduate Diploma Programmes City & Guilds Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
The Institute of Engineering and Technology
Electrical Engineering
Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering
Information Technology
Electrical Engineering
Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering
Information Technology
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
The Institution of Civil Engineers
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering


Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council UK

All candidates who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diplomas in Engineering can become full members of their corresponding Professional Engineering body. They are able to apply for their Charter following two years of relevant experience with the Engineering Council of UK (CEng).

A student can achieve all this by following the programmes conducted at the SCOT. The candidates of the Graduate Diploma Programs recognized by IET have the added benefit of becoming incorporated members of IET and can use the title Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Entry Qualifications

The chart below illustrates the entry qualifications for the Graduate & Post Graduate Diploma Programmes in Engineering.

Why become a Chartered Engineer (CEng)?

The register of Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Incorporated Engineers (IEng) is held by the Engineering Council, the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession. The Engineering Council sets and maintains the internationally recognized standards of professional competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles.

The title ‘CEng’ carries considerable prestige and clearly marks you out as a significant player in the world of engineering and technology.

These are the benefits you enjoy:

  • Recognition of your expertise and experience
    High self-esteem – Chartered Engineers belong to a fraternity recognized for professionalism.
  • Higher earnings – Surveys have shown that Chartered Engineers rapidly achieve higher earnings than their unregistered counterparts and the pay gap is widening.
  • Improved career prospects – The CEng award demonstrates to employers that the holder has experience, drive and commitment and has fulfilled the competence requirements of an internationally recognized standard.
  • Greater influence within your organization and industry – Chartered Engineers command respect. They work at the most senior levels in all sectors of engineering and business.
  • Access to life-long learning; Chartered Engineers are kept fully up-to-date on the latest technological developments and are provided with many opportunities to add to their skills.

Important reasons for choosing City & Guilds Graduate and Postgraduate Diplomas

  • They have been designed to meet the UK-SPEC requirements and to be recognized by the UK professional engineering institutions.
  • Registration as a professional engineer is the assurance that a person has received an education and training which meets the UK and international professional standards.
  • Possession of specialist qualifications is often regarded by employers as an advantage when evaluating applicants for employment.
  • It is a sign of commitment to a code of professional conduct and ensures the achievement of best practice.
  • Universities, upon application, may accept the Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma as entry into MSc programmes.
  • Providing an automatic route progression for City & Guilds vocational qualifications.
  • Learners can study at their own pace from a choice of subjects according to their own expertise and intended careers.
  • The modular system parallels the systems used in most universities.
  • There is no academic penalty applied by City & Guilds for repeating a paper.
  • Learners can incorporate studies into their lifelong learning plan (Continuous Professional Development-CPD).

  • English
  • Standard of C&G
  • C&G and CEFR levels
  • Examinations

City & Guilds English Language Exams at SKILLS

Skills College of Technology (SCOT), the training & assessment arm of Skills International has implemented an island wide programme to facilitate English Language Training Institutes in the country to become Approved Centres of City & Guilds to deliver “City & Guilds” English qualifications. SCOT is also authorized to conduct all the English Language Examinations & Assessments of City & Guilds in Sri Lanka.

Free Services

In collaboration with City & Guilds, SCOT provides the following services at no cost to Approved City & Guilds Language Centres.

  • Teacher Guides
  • Training of resource persons
  • Workshops to increase awareness of the City & Guilds Exams & Assessments
  • Practice Papers

Presently Skills International facilitates approximately 100 City and Guilds Approved Centres in Colombo & Suburbs, Kandy, Matara, Jaffna & Kurunegala.

General English Examinations

City & Guilds International ESOL and Spoken ESOL (SESOL) are English language examinations standardized on the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). They focus on all four language skills (writing, reading, listening and speaking), and are internationally recognized for both academic progression and employment.

You can find more details of City & Guilds English Qualifications by browsing the link below.

WHY you should consider City & Guilds English Exams ?

  • They can be ordered ‘on-demand’ with flexible exam dates
  • Allows you to sit at the level of competence required rather than face an exam covering a wide range of competence
  • Exams have been developed for real needs of employment contents and situations with emphasis on communicative skills
  • Written & spoken exams can be taken independently of each other
  • Written & spoken exams are student friendly and requires very little specific preparation

The standard represented by City & Guilds International English Qualifications (IEQ)

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at six different levels of language proficiency. City & Guilds IEQs embody the European standard in testing demonstrated language ability as the language examinations are mapped to the 6 levels of the CEFR. The table below indicates the level-mapping of City & Guilds English language examinations (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to the 6 levels of the Framework.

CEFR Level CEFR titles City & Guilds titles
A1 Breakthrough Preliminary
A2 Waystage Access
B1 Threshold Achiever
B2 Vantage Communicator
C1 Effective operational proficiency Expert
C2 Mastery Mastery

The validity and recognition of City & Guilds in benchmarking English language knowledge is guaranteed through a robust quality assurance system of its approved centres. The papers are also marked in UK by professional markers rigorously trained along the CEFR guidelines. Authorized by the Europass Office of the Council of Europe, City & Guilds issues Europass Certificate Supplements to all the 6 levels of its International English language examinations.

“Europass Certificate Supplement” for International English Qualifications

The Europass Certificate Supplement is a valuable document that adds information to the original certificate about a learner’s language competencies at one of the six levels of the CEFR. It makes learners’ certificates transparent and understandable for employers and educational institutions outside the issuing country through the provision of a clear description of the certificate-holder’s knowledge and communication skills.

International English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL)

This is the perfect choice for candidates looking to demonstrate their ability in English. This is assessed through a written examinations. The papers are set at the six levels of the Common European Framework, giving training providers maximum flexibility so that students can be trained for a specific purpose by choosing the appropriate level.

The IESOL tests the candidate’s Reading, Writing and Listening skills. It is great fun for learners to actually take the exam, as they are confronted with interesting language tasks from real life situations like writing letters to friends, sharing their thoughts, listening to an interesting story or reading a piece of news. The nature of these tasks varies according to the level applied for.

How is International ESOL assessed?

The City & Guilds International ESOL suite of examinations are marked according to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference produced by the Council of Europe, details of which are available on

  • The grades awarded will be First Class Pass, Pass or Fail
  • First Class Pass is awarded when the candidate achieves First Class Passes for all 3 skills
  • Pass is awarded when the candidate achieves at least 2 Passes and a Narrow Fail in the Listening, Reading and Writing skills
  • Candidate is considered Fail, if he/she obtains even one Failure in the 3 skills – Listening, Reading and Writing

International Spoken English for Speakers of Other Languages (ISESOL)

A communicative test of spoken language assessed at the six different levels of CEFR to determine student competence at the different levels. The test is a viva facilitated by an Interlocutor and marked in UK under rigorous quality control methods.

How is this assessed?

The spoken ESOL examinations are assessed against the criteria as detailed in the syllabus, where the speaking skills expected at each level can be found. The grades awarded will be – First Class Pass, Pass, Fail or Narrow Fail.

Two scales will be used to mark the Spoken ESOL tests at all levels. They are:

  • 01) A global communication scale
  • 02) An ARPF scale which covers:
    • Accuracy
    • Range
    • Pronunciation
    • Fluency & interaction

Each part of the test is given equal importance. Each part is given a global communication grade, while overall performance is assessed and confirmed using the ARPF scale. The speaking skills expected at each level are found in the syllabus.

Who is an interlocutor?

The interlocutor is responsible for conducting the spoken exams. They elicit the spoken performance of the candidates by asking them questions or setting up speaking tasks using the Interlocutor guidelines.

International ESOL Diploma

All learners who have passed both City & Guilds ESOL and Spoken ESOL examinations are automatically entitled to an International ESOL Diploma. The Diploma is valid indefinitely.

The IESOL and ISESOL qualifications can be taken separately. These qualifications are recognized internationally as being a reliable and valid measure of language competence. Their communicative nature means that centres can be sure that they are offering their candidates a qualification which is relevant and useful for work and study both locally and internationally.

City & Guilds and CEFR levels

Levels for International ESOL and SESOL as mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference.

Which level is right for me?

A1 You can use everyday expressions and very basic phrases for practical needs, ask and answer questions about personal details, understand short texts on familiar topics and obtain information from signs and symbols and write simple sentences in documents such as filling out forms.
A2 You can understand sentences and frequently-used expressions, communicate in tasks requiring exchange of information, obtain information from short documents, familiar sources, signs and symbols and write to communicate with some awareness of the intended audience.
B1 You can understand the main points of clear standard communication, convey information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, engage in discussion to reach shared understanding, produce simple connected text, describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions.
B2 You can understand the main ideas of complex communication, interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity without strain for either party, engage in discussion in familiar and unfamiliar situations and communicate in detail, appropriate to purpose  and audience.
C1 You can understand demanding texts and recognize implicit meaning, use language fluently and spontaneously, engage in discussion making clear and effective contributions, produce well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects and communicate ideas effectively.
C2 You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read, summarize information, reconstruct arguments and accounts coherently, and express yourself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Benefits of our exams
  • On-demand
    You can take the exams on dates agreed on with your school (City & Guilds exam centre) and at any time of the year
  • Tests functional language use
    You will be able to use English successfully for both making friends across borders and working internationally
  • Conducted by Sri Lankan interlocutors
    Your performance will increase during the exams because it will be a Sri Lankan who will examine you, thus reducing your nervousness.
  • Use of monolingual dictionaries
    Your exam-success will increase since we allow the use of a monolingual dictionary because it is an important skill for successful everyday communication
  • Flexibility of 2 exams
    You can prepare and then sit for either the Spoken or the Written exam and it will be easier for you to achieve the full exam in stages. It allows you the flexibility of phasing your learning activities by skills areas.
  • Reasonable exam length
    You do not have to spend a whole day with the exam; the written and spoken exam will require only about 3 hours of your time
  • Indefinite exam validity
    It is a lifetime certification unlike some qualifications that are valid only for 2 years
  • Mapped to the CEFR
    You will receive objective feedback on your language skills measured by internationally accepted standards
  • International recognition
    You will improve your chances for academic progression and have access to better employment opportunities
  • Communicative exam
    Exams primarily test your ability to communicate and there is no emphasis on accent and pronunciation which makes it a truly international English Language Assessment. Emphasis on grammar and pronunciation increases only as you go higher in the CEFR levels

How to become a City & Guilds approved centre

If you wish to offer any of these qualifications you will need to apply for centre approval that will enable you to register students for examinations and deliver training according to the City & Guilds syllabi. Centre approval is valid for a period of two years, subject to your ongoing compliance with our regulations and quality assurance requirements. The approval procedures are quite straightforward where you will need to complete an Application for Centre Approval. This form includes a list of our approval criteria and you will be asked to provide information on how you satisfy/will be able to satisfy these criteria.

Subsequent to the submission of an Application for Centre Approval, we will appoint a Quality Inspector, who checks the physical conditions of the examination premises as well as the CVs of teaching staff who will be involved in the language teaching process.

English Examination Procedure

The examination procedure is as follows;

  1. Fill in the examination Application Form.
  2. Call an official at the English Department of SCOT and ask for the exchange rate for the day (Please note that we go according to HNB bank and that our accounts department leaves a margin of Rs.2 to account for fluctuations)
  3. The Examination Fee can either be deposited to our Bank Account or be paid directly to the cashier at Skills College of Technology.
  4. Our Bank Details are as follows
    • Bank : Hatton National Bank (HNB)
    • Acc Name: Skills International (Pvt) Ltd
    • Acc Number: 2500 1000 1759
  5. If the Examination Fee has been deposited to the bank account then attach the original Bank Slip to the application and post it to us. To avoid any delays in booking the exams, it is advisable to scan both the bank slip and the examination application to us prior to mailing the document.
  6. Once either the hard/soft copy of the bank slip has been handed over to the Accounts Department of Skills College of Technology, your examination will be booked.
  7. Examinations are conducted every Tuesday. Please note that we require the documents two weeks prior to the date.

The application forms may be downloaded by clicking the links below

  1. ESOL and SESOL examination
  2. Listening and SESOL examination