Continuing Professional Development with SQA

Why is CPD so important?

CPD meeting with teachers chattingCPD is important to everyone in employment. Initial training or qualifications can become out dated as working life changes to meet new demands.

Maintaining or upgrading skills and knowledge can help to enhance performance. It can also support career progression and ensure individuals continue to develop the required skills and knowledge in times of change.

How can SQA help support CPD?

We are committed to supporting and enhancing CPD for our own staff, our appointees, and staff in our centres. High quality CPD can help to improve understanding of our qualifications and assessments, enhancing the experience of staff and learners alike. If you are a manager, teacher, lecturer, appointee, assessor or verifier, trainer, or a mentor working with SQA then you should be able to source CPD with SQA.

SQA has various ways to support CPD. Some of these methods are free support services while others have charges applied - where they incur additional costs that SQA cannot wholly fund. Some of our CPD opportunities are available online and can therefore be accessed at any time. Other CPD opportunities require attendance at events. Alternatively, CPD support can be brought to your place of work or other suitable venue, and delivered specifically to you and your colleagues.

CPD opportunities currently exist in the areas described below. We are building on these opportunities on an ongoing basis.

Understanding Standards

The Understanding Standards website has been developed to allow teaching professionals the opportunity to more fully understand the standards of assessment as they are applied by the SQA examination teams.

Where areas of concern are identified that are not addressed by our Understanding Standards events or support materials, we can offer CPD training, subject to request.

Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Workshops (PDW's) are available for various qualifications throughout the year.

Appointee Management

The Appointee Management part of our website is for all potential and current SQA appointees, such as markers, verifiers and examiners. This area provides information and support for new and current appointees and for those looking to find out more about SQA appointee work.

SQA Academy

SQA Academy provides training and development opportunities for those who contribute to the assessment of SQA qualifications.