PDA Volunteering Management

PDA Volunteering Management

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Volunteering Management at SCQF level 8 is comprised of three HN Units, each at SCQF level 8. It provides an SQA qualification for those working at a senior level in the management of volunteering.

The PDA will allow managers working within a volunteering setting to develop their skills and knowledge of management at a strategic level, taking into account the external policy environment and performance management and evaluation tools, to demonstrate the impact of volunteers and volunteering within the organisation.

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers or workplaces approved as an SQA centre.


Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Volunteering Management has been designed for delivery as a taught course and will normally be delivered through a combination of workshops and self-directed study. The course can be delivered on a full or part-time basis.

Some features of the PDA are:

  • it provides a qualification for managers of volunteers
  • it can be achieved while employed
  • it develops management skills for the volunteer sector
  • it provides progression opportunities to further learning

Who does this qualification suit

Candidates do not need to have formal relevant qualifications to enrol on this PDA. Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required. Current experience as a co-ordinator, leader and/or manager within a volunteering setting would be advantageous. Some experience or knowledge of evaluation and research methodologies is desirable.


The Units in the PDA have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Managing Volunteers. Candidates would have the opportunity of progressing to other Management PDAs, which could perhaps lead to a full HN qualification in a related field or SVQ in Management at level 3 or 4.

How to assess

Assessment has been designed to allow candidates to enhance their own practice, and the use of reports and projects is crucial to this. Candidates should reflect on their own practice and that of the organisation in order to critically evaluate themselves and allow them to apply what they have learned to improve activities in the organisation.

Each Unit is assessed separately. Each Unit requires that the candidate produces written work which, in most cases, is research-based. Evidence will be based on the candidate’s practical experience in a volunteer context.

Where can you take this course?

Arrangements Documents

Title: PDA in Volunteering Management at SCQF level 8
Code: G917 48
Date: August 2008
Download: PDA in Volunteering Management at SCQF level 8 Arrangements Document (185 KB)

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: G917 48 (24 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 8


The PDA in Volunteering Management is comprised of three mandatory HN Units:

Volunteering Management: Policy and Practice — F424 35
Volunteering Management: Evaluating and Improving Professional Practice — F41T 35
Volunteering Management: Leadership and Management in Volunteering — F41S 35