External Verifier

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

The prime role is to participate in verification of qualifications in the subject area(s) concerned to ensure that standards are maintained.

These activities will be under the direction of the Senior External Verifier and staff from SQA’s Internal Assessment Delivery and Quality Assurance and Qualification Development directorates as appropriate.

Outline of duties

Selection Criteria

Essential characteristics

Successful candidates must:

Desirable characteristics

Successful candidates should:

Key Performance Measures for External Verifiers

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

  1. Demonstrate an up to date and sound knowledge of the occupational standards and qualifications/courses/units and make sound judgements about the quality of assessment and the assessment process.
  2. Undertake required training to demonstrate current understanding of SQAs QA policies and processes that are relevant to the QA activity.
  3. Complete scheduled allocation of QA activity within conditions and timescales for SQA.
  4. Complete QA reports as per SQA quality standards and within agreed timescales.
  5. Engage with all members of the team, SQA centre’s personnel and with all members of SQA staff displaying SQAs corporate values.
  6. Submit CPD record within agreed timescales where appropriate.