Apply to be an appointee

Appointee Management

We welcome applications from those who have not worked with us before and those who wish to return after a period away from us. If you are interested in becoming an appointee, please read this information.

Why would you?

Becoming an appointee is a highly valued part of the education and training system in Scotland. Around 18,000 teaching professionals and specialists support SQA operations. Their input defines and supports the development, assessment and quality assurance of our qualifications.

The benefits

  • Professional Development – be involved at the heart of our operation and gain an insight into assessment and quality assurance techniques to underpin your professional development.
  • Improved Skills - the skills you learn will support your students in their learning and development.
  • Confidence –  be in a position to help your colleagues implement and understand SQA processes.
  • Satisfaction – the satisfaction of delivering high quality assessments and standards, and of taking this knowledge with you to improve your students’ results.
  • Rewards – we pay you for your commitment and effort.

What roles are available?

Explore our roles and current opportunities:

Appointee roles

Apointee opportunities

Please note: for many of our roles applicants must be involved in the delivery of our courses and/or be involved in the quality assurance of our courses for a specified period of time. Please check the Selection Criteria of the role you are applying for.

What's involved?

Being an appointee may require you to carry out your duties for us in your own time at home, for example, being a marker. Or you may be asked to fulfil your duties in a central location as part of a team. Your duties may require you to visit our centres either in your own time or your employers time, for example, being an external verifier.

If you need release from your normal employment, SQA will ask for approval from your employer before your appointment is confirmed and will reimburse your employer for your absence from work.

As part of SQA’s quality assurance procedures each appointee’s performance is monitored and measured through our Key Performance Measures. Feedback will be provided to you at the end of each contract period.

Fees are paid and details are provided when you are appointed. In addition, travel and business expenses incurred by your attendance at any meetings authorised by SQA will be reimbursed.

What do I specifically need?

You need home access to a computer with internet access and a personal (not business) e-mail account.

What else should I know?

SQA Disclosure Scotland Policy

SQA policy currently stipulates that appointees who undertake duties that involve contact with children and vulnerable adults must complete an application to join the PVG Scheme prior to any offer of appointment. However, this is not required by appointees currently employed by a centre and who are registered with the General Teaching Council.

Reference and release procedure

SQA requests that applications are accompanied by a reference, where required, from your Head of Centre/ employer or professional colleague if you are self employed. Similarly, applications requiring release at the application stage will be asked to confirm that release is available and release will be confirmed at time of contract.

How do I apply?

Current appointee opportunities

(You have to register to apply.)

Any questions?

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