Applying to be an Appointee - UK and International

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?

Joining SQA’s Appointee team is a highly valued part of the education and training system in Scotland. Around 15,000 teaching professionals and specialists support SQA operations annually. Their input defines and supports the development, assessment and quality assurance of our qualifications. So why do people do it? Well, the benefits of working with SQA are:

  • 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?

We have many opportunities for teaching professionals and industry specialists to consider. For a full list and details of what each role involves please read our Appointee Role information. A list of current appointee opportunities is available in our appointee opportunities section.

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. We advise you check the Selection Criteria of the role you are applying for to ensure your application meets the selection criteria.

What is involved?

Being an appointee may require you to carry out your duties for us in your own time at home, e.g. being a Marker. Alternatively 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, e.g. being an External Verifier. If you require 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 a personal (not business) e-mail account. The computer specifications vary depending on the role. Details of exact IT configuration for Markers can be found below.

Computer specifications

OS Browser
XP x32 Internet Explorer 8
Firefox 3 - 23
Google Chrome 15 - 29
Vista x32 Internet Explorer 8
Firefox 3.6 - 23
Google Chrome 15 – 29
Windows 7 x32

Internet Explorer 8, 9
Firefox 15 - 23
Google Chrome 22 – 29

Windows 7 x64

Internet Explorer 8
Firefox 3.6 - 23
Google Chrome 22 – 29

Windows 8 x64

Internet Explorer 10
Firefox 15 - 23
Google Chrome 22 – 29

Windows 8.1 x64 (Preview Version – Build: 9431) Internet Explorer 11
Mac 10.6.8

Firefox 22
Safari 5.1.9

Mac 10.7

Firefox 22
Safari 6.0.4

Internet/Network

  • 256 Kbits/s download
  • 128 Kbits/s upload

Screen Resolution

  • 1024 x 768

What else should I know before I apply?

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.

SQA Reference & 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?

If you would like to apply to be an appointee check Appointee Opportunities. You have to register to access an application form.

Should you have any questions about applying to become an appointee then please e-mail us at am@sqa.org.uk