Principal Assessor

A Principal Assessor is responsible for ensuring all duties and tasks associated with external assessment activities are undertaken within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA. 

The prime role is to lead, support and work (as appropriate to subject and level) with teams of SQA appointees to ensure consistent application of standards and to ensure the subject specific integrity of their teams’ decision-making in relation to the external assessment arrangements of courses.

These activities will be under the direction of staff from the SQAs Qualification Development and Operations business directorates as appropriate. There may be a requirement to undertake duties during weekends and holiday periods in own time.

Outline of duties

Selection Criteria

Essential characteristics

Successful candidates must:


Key Performance Measures for Principal Assessors

Each year, on completion of the duties outlined in the Principal Assessor contract specification, the Principal Assessor will be measured against the following key performance measures and informed of the outcome in relation to their performance in that year.