Principal Verifier

A Principal Verifier is responsible for communicating and maintaining national standards for the qualifications within their remit. The Principal Verifier must ensure that all tasks associated with the quality assurance of internally and externally assessed units and components of course assessments within their remit are carried out within the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

The primary role is to manage team members, to ensure that the national standards are maintained.

These activities will be under the direction of staff from SQA’s Operations and Qualification Development directorates as appropriate. There may be a requirement to undertake duties during weekends and holiday periods in your own time.

Outline of duties

Additionally, Principal Verifiers may be asked to undertake the following activities, which will attract additional payment:

Selection criteria

Successful candidates must:

Key Performance Measures for Principal Verifiers

Each year, on completion of the duties outlined in the Principal Verifier contract specification, the Principal Verifier will be measured against the following Key Performance Measures (KPMs) and informed of the outcome in relation to their performance.

  1. Ensure SQA verification activity is carried out within the conditions and timescales set by SQA.
  2. Train, develop and support members of the team to meet SQA verification activity requirements.
  3. Monitor team performance to meet SQA verification activity requirements.
  4. Ensure accuracy and consistency of decisions made by members of the team.
  5. Ensure reports generated by members of the team meet quality standard.
  6. Positive engagement with all members of the team through leadership and management of people.
  7. Positive engagement with all members of SQA staff.
  8. Complete Principal Verifier reports within conditions and timescales for SQA.