Appointee roles

This page lists alphabetically all the appointee roles available to teaching professionals and specialists who support SQA operations. To find out more about any of the roles use the links below.

The contract specification describes the role and lists the duties required. From each you can see the respective selection criteria required to undertake the role. 

Key performance measures are also in the appointee role information.

The contract specifications and selection criteria below are applicable to all new appointments.


Audio Visual Presenter role information

An Audio Visual Presenter is responsible for providing a clear spoken version of a supplied script at a recording session for use in the assessment of National Qualifications, in accordance with SQA policy and procedures.

Braille/Adapted Question Paper Modifier role information

A Braille/Adapted Question Paper Modifier undertakes the review and modification of the content of an SQA examination question paper (or similar examination material) to ensure it is accessible for blind/visually impaired candidates, in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.

Cartographer role information

A Cartographer creates and draws maps and provides artwork for external assessments.

Chief Invigilator role information

A Chief Invigilator is responsible for the organisation and supervision of invigilation of all external assessments for National Qualifications, in accordance with SQA policy and procedures.

Depute Chief Invigilator role information

A Depute Chief Invigilator is responsible for supporting the Chief Invigilator with the organisation and supervision of invigilation at centres undertaking external assessments for National Qualifications, in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.

Depute Lead Verifier role information

The prime role of the Depute Lead Verifier is to support the Senior/Principal Verifiers and contribute to the standardisation of quality assurance activity for their qualification sector to ensure that good practice is shared and standards are maintained across our qualification programmes. 

Depute Principal Assessor role information

A Depute Principal Assessor’s primary role is to support the Principal Assessor who leads, supports and works (as appropriate to subject and level) with teams of SQA appointees.A Depute Principal Assessor’s primary role is to support the Principal Assessor who leads, supports and works (as appropriate to subject and level) with teams of SQA appointees.

Depute Principal Verifier role information

A Depute Principal Verifier (DPV) is responsible for supporting the Principal Verifier in maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit by ensuring that all tasks associated with the quality assurance of internally assessed Units and components of Course assessments are carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Endorsement Auditor role information

An Endorsement Auditor undertakes to carry out the external audit process and make recommendations on an organisations readiness to merit an SQA Endorsement in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.

External Verifier (Petroleum Driver Passport Industry Training Scheme)

An External Verifier is responsible for external verification and qualification approval activities under the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

External Verifier role information

An External Verifier is responsible for external verification and qualification approval activities under the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Invigilator role information

An Invigilator undertakes the duties of invigilation for the external assessment of National Qualifications, in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.

Item Checker role information

An Item Checker is responsible for reviewing questions, items or tasks and appropriate supporting marking instructions for Course assessments under the direction of the Principal Assessor and/or Item Bank Leader which must be undertaken within the conditions, timeframes and arrangements set by SQA.

Item Writer role information

An Item Writer is responsible for creating questions, items or tasks and appropriate supporting marking instructions for Course assessments under the direction of the Principal Assessor and/or Item Bank Leader which must be undertaken within the conditions, timeframes and arrangements set by SQA.

Lead Verifier role information

The prime role of the Lead Verifier is to lead on the standardisation of quality assurance activity for their qualification sector* to ensure that good practice is shared and standards are maintained across our qualification programmes.  This will be achieved with the support of a team of Depute Lead Verifiers.

Marker role information

A Marker marks candidates' work in line with detailed marking instructions and in accordance with SQA policy and procedures.

Modern Language Scrutineer role information

A Modern Language Scrutineer checks and advises on the accuracy and authenticity of language (other than English) in external assessments.

Principal Assessor role information

A Principal Assessor is responsible for ensuring all duties and tasks associated with externally set/assessed Course assessments are undertaken within the conditions, timeframes and arrangements set by SQA. 

Principal Verifier role information

A Principal Verifier is responsible for communicating and maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit. Additionally, the Principal Verifier must ensure that all tasks associated with the quality assurance of internally assessed Units and components of Course assessments within their remit are carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Question Paper Quality Assurer role information

A Question Paper Quality Assurer (QPQA) is responsible for reviewing the question paper, and supporting marking instructions, under the direction of the Principal Assessor. This work must be undertaken within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Question Paper Reviewer role information

A Question Paper Reviewer (QPR) is responsible for reviewing the Question Paper and supporting marking instructions under the direction of the Principal Assessor and/or Item Bank Leader. This work must be undertaken within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Question Paper Validator - Technical role information

A Question Paper Validator (QPV) is responsible for carrying out a final independent subject-specialist check to ensure the course assessment is of the correct standard and fit for purpose. This work must be undertaken independently within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Question Paper Validator role information

A Question Paper Validator (QPV) is responsible for carrying out a final independent subject specialist check to ensure the course assessment is of the correct standard and fit for purpose. This work must be undertaken independently within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

SCQF Credit Rating Quality Assurance Auditor role information

A SCQF Credit Rating Quality Assurance Auditor undertakes to carry out the external Quality Assurance audit process for customers of the SCQF Credit Rating service, and make recommendations on their readiness to merit SCQF Credit Rating in accordance with SQA and SCQF policy and instructions. 

Senior External Verifier role information

A Senior External Verifier provides leadership and support to a team of external verifiers through the processes in accordance with SQA policy and instruction.

Senior External Verifier – Without Portfolio role information

The primary role of the Senior External Verifier – Without Portfolio is to ensure that all approval and verification activities are undertaken by External Verifiers in their grouping and are carried out in line with SQA policies, procedures and guidelines.

Senior Marker – External Assessment role information

A Senior Marker is responsible for supporting the Principal Assessor in maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit. All tasks associated with the quality assurance of externally assessed components of Course assessments must be carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Senior Team Leader - Internal Assessment

A Senior Team Leader is responsible for supporting the Principal Verifier in maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit by ensuring that all tasks associated with the quality assurance of internally assessed Units and components of Course assessments are carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Senior Team Leader – External Assessment role information

A Senior Team Leader is responsible for supporting the Principal Assessor in maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit. All tasks associated with the quality assurance of externally assessed components of Course assessments must be carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Signed Transcription Reviewer role information

A Signed Transcription Reviewer undertakes reviews of centres' translations/transcriptions of candidates signed responses to external assessments, in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.

Systems Verifier role information

A Systems Verifier undertakes to objectively judge SQA centres' compliance against SQA Quality Framework.

The prime role is to work with the QEM team and other SQA staff as appropriate to ensure consistent application of SQA Quality Framework.

Team Leader (Scottish Baccalaureate) role information

A Team Leader is responsible for supporting the Principal Verifier in maintaining national standards for the Baccalaureate within their remit by ensuring that all tasks associated with the quality assurance of internally assessed Units and components of Course assessments are carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Team Leader Event Verification role information

A Team Leader Event Verification is responsible for supporting the Principal Verifier in maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit by ensuring that all tasks associated with the quality assurance of internally assessed Units and components of Course assessments are carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Team Leader External Assessment role information

A Team Leader is responsible for supporting the Principal Assessor in maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit. All tasks associated with the quality assurance of externally assessed components of Course assessments must be carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Team Leader Visiting Verification role information

A Team Leader - Visiting Verification is responsible for supporting the Principal Verifier in maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit. They will ensure that all tasks associated with the quality assurance of internally assessed Units and components of Course assessments are carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

Translator (Gaelic) role information

A Translator translates assessment materials, and if required, candidate scripts, into the specified language, in accordance with SQA policy and instructions, including the SQA publication 'Gaelic Orthographic Convention'.

Visiting Assessor role information

A Visiting Assessor visits centres to assess candidate performance against national standards, in accordance with SQA policy and instructions.

The prime role is to ensure consistent application of national standards when assessing candidate performance.

Visiting Verifier – Internal Assessment role information

A Visiting Verifier is responsible for supporting the Principal Verifier in maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit by ensuring that all tasks associated with the quality assurance of internally assessed Units and components of Course assessments are carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.