Replacement Certificate Service

Delays in issuing replacement certificates during COP26

Due to the COP26 conference currently taking place in Glasgow, there will be delays in the production and despatch of replacement certificates, including scanned copies.

If your qualifications are after 1995, you can sign up to our free online service, MySQA. This will allow you to view your qualifications from 1995 to present day and access your core skills. You can print a copy of your qualifications, however this is not an authenticated certificate.

To register, go to MySQA and follow the instructions. Please note: you will need your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) and a current and accurate email address, as an activation code will be emailed to allow you to activate the account. You will be asked to confirm your postcode when you register.

If you require your SCN or need your address updated please complete the Candidate Enquiry Form.

For qualifications achieved before 1995 please contact us at with the following information and we will provide you with a summary of your achievements by email:

If you need copy certificates to be sent to World Education Service, we have agreed a process where they will accept a certification summary directly from us. Please place your order online and you will not experience any delay.

If you have any other queries with regards to this service, contact us at

Welcome to SQA's Replacement Certificate Service, from this page you can order:

Please select one of the 3 sections below for more information and how to order.

Replacement Certificates

The charge for a replacement certificate is £40.

All certificates come on hologrammed SQA certificate paper.

Qualifications before 1995 may not look like your original certificate. This is because SQA holds records from previous organisations such as SCOTVEC, SCOTBEC and SCOTEC.

If your order is to be sent outside the UK, we recommend using the courier option at £20 to track your order.

If we cannot find your record, we will contact you by phone or email for more details.

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Care Experienced Young People

SQA is a proud Corporate Parent and is pleased to be able to offer a replacement certificate without charge for any care experienced learner aged 26 years and under.

This service applies to any learner who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background, at any stage of their life.  This care may have been provided in one of many different settings, such as in residential care, foster care, kinship care or looked after at home with a supervision requirement.

The replacement certificate order must be certified by a professional person who can confirm your care status.

More information about SQA as a corporate parent and the replacement certificate service

Course Syllabus

The charge for a syllabus is £25.

We provide syllabuses for most further education courses taken between 1965 and 1993.

A syllabus is a document describing the content of a final examination-based course. The syllabus contains the subjects and the time spent on each. 

If the course is/ was assessed throughout the year you can download the unit specifications.

If you encounter any difficulties with this facility, please contact SQA's Replacement Certification team for further assistance:

0345 213 6015

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Authentication of Qualifications (3rd parties)

This service is for companies and educational organisations who wish to confirm that candidates have gained their qualifications and that the grades and years provided are correct. We can send confirmation by e-mail and/or letter.

The organisation should supply copy certificates provided by the candidate or state clearly on the form which qualification(s) they want us to authenticate. 
Please note: if no copy certificate has been provided by the candidate to the organisation, then a consent form signed by the candidate should be sent to SQA with the application.

Sometimes candidates want us to authenticate qualifications for universities, colleges and other educational organisations such as World Education Services (WES). We've found this type of organisation prefers replacement certificates to be sent directly from us.

Please be aware as SQA is the awarding body, we do not hold details on the following:

  • Mode of study (full or part time)
  • Attendance
  • Time taken to complete qualification

As organisations and candidates have different requirements for Authentications, please email our team at with your requirements and we will respond with your next steps.