Continuing Professional Development with SQA

Why is CPD so important?

Initial training or qualifications can become out dated as working life changes to meet new demands.

Maintaining or upgrading skills and knowledge can help to enhance performance. It can also support career progression and ensure individuals continue to develop the required skills and knowledge in times of change.

How can SQA help support CPD?

We are committed to supporting and enhancing CPD for our own staff, our appointees, and staff in our centres. High quality CPD can improve understanding of our qualifications and assessments, enhancing the experience of staff and learners alike. 

SQA has various ways to support CPD. Some of these are free while others have charges applied (where they incur costs for SQA). Some CPD opportunities are online and can be accessed at any time. Other CPD opportunities are events. Alternatively, CPD support can be brought to your place of work or other suitable venue, and delivered specifically to you and your colleagues.

Understanding Standards

The Understanding Standards website has been developed to allow teaching professionals the opportunity to more fully understand the standards of assessment as they are applied by the SQA examination teams.

Where areas of concern are identified that are not addressed by our Understanding Standards events or support materials, we can offer CPD training, subject to request.

Markers, verifiers and examiners

Appointee Management provides information and support for new and current appointees and for those looking to find out how to apply..

SQA Academy

SQA Academy provides training and development opportunities for those who contribute to the assessment of SQA qualifications.