Principal Verifier

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

The primary role is to manage team members to ensure that national standards are being consistently applied and maintained.

These activities will be under the direction of staff from SQA’s Operations and Qualifications Development directorates and SQAs Lead Verifier.

Outline of duties

Selection criteria

Successful candidates must:

Key Performance Measures for Principal Verifiers

Each year, on completion of the duties outlined in the depute principal verifier contract specification, the following Key Performance Measures (KPMs) will be used to measure performance. PVs will be informed of the performance outcome when KPMs have not been achieved.

  1. Complete training programmes as required
  2. Ensure SQA quality assurance activity is carried out and completed within the conditions and timescales set by SQA.
  3. Train support and monitor members of the team to meet SQA verification activity.
  4. Ensure accuracy and consistency of decisions made by members of the team.
  5. Ensure reports written by members of the team meet quality standard.
  6. Positive engagement with all members of the team through leadership and management of people.
  7. Contribute to the review of performance of team members.
  8. Positive engagement with all members of SQA staff and centre personnel.
  9. Demonstrate behaviours outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Appointment which support SQA’s values.