Applying to be an Appointee

We always 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 take a few minutes to read this briefing information.

Why would you?

Joining SQA’s Appointee team is an important and highly valued part of the education and training system in Scotland. Around 15,000 teaching professionals and specialists support SQA operations annually. Their professional 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 clear:

Professional Development – You will be involved at the heart of our operation and gain an insight into assessment and quality assurance techniques that will underpin your professional and career development.

Improved Skills - The skills you learn with SQA will support your students in their learning and developments.

Confidence – You will be in a position to help your colleagues implement and understand SQA processes and procedures.

Satisfaction – Gain the satisfaction of working as part of a team delivering high quality assessments and standards, and of taking this knowledge with you to your workplace to improve your students’ results.

Rewards – We will 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 contract specifications information. A list of current appointee opportunities is available in our appointee opportunities section.
Please note that for many of our roles applicants must currently 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 that you check the Selection Criteria of the role that you are applying for in order to ensure that 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 made 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.

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.

Is there anything I specifically need?

Yes. We need you to have home access to PC or laptop. The computer specifications/requirements are:

Internet Access/Connectivity – Broadband
Personal e-mail account

In addition if you are applying for a Marker appointment which is marked from image you will need the following additional computer specifications/requirements:

PC with Windows 95 and Internet Explorer 5.0 as a minimum
PC with Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6.0 as an optimum
MAC operating systems OSx (v10.4) and Safari 3.0.4
Adobe Acrobat (for viewing Detailed Marking Instructions)
Adobe Flash Player 9 (for viewing scanned scripts) – this will be available to download from SQA web pages

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 Enhanced Disclosure Scotland application 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.

Please click on the link to access this policy

SQA Appointee release approval and reference procedure

Principal Assessor, Senior Examiner and Visiting Assessor appointments

Applications for the roles of Principal Assessor, Senior Examiner and Visiting Assessor require release approval and a reference from your current employer. The number of release days required will be specified when appointment opportunities are advertised. When obtaining release permission to carry out duties for SQA you will be required to obtain a reference as to your suitability for the role on the same form. Please ensure that your application form is accompanied by the completed reference/release form.

A copy of our release approval/reference form is available to download.

Lead Verifier, Senior External Verifier and Verifier appointments

Applications for the roles of Lead Verifier and Senior External Verifier require a reference from your Head of Centre/ Employer or professional colleague if you are self employed. Similarly, applications for External Verifier must also be accompanied by a reference, which must be from your senior manager or professional colleague if you are self employed.

A copy of our reference request form is available to download.

How do I apply?

If you would now like to apply to be considered as an appointee, download an application form (660 KB). Completed application forms can then be emailed to

Thank you for your time if reading this briefing information and we look forward to working with you. Should you have any questions about applying to become an appointee then please email us on:

Appointee Management Team