Three steps to deliver SQA Qualifications

To offer SQA qualifications you must become an approved centre.

Our dedicated team are here to support you and your organisation and guide you each step of the way.

Getting started - Complete the centre approval enquiry form

Complete the centre approval enquiry form. This is where we get to know a bit more about your centre’s needs. We will be in touch to set up a meeting to ensure that working with SQA is right for you.

Centre approval enquiry (UK customer)

Centre approval enquiry (International customer)

1Complete your application

To offer your first qualification, you must apply for systems approval and qualification approval (for at least one qualification) at the same time.

  • Systems approval confirms that your centre has the management and quality assurance systems to support the delivery, assessment and internal verification of SQA qualifications.
  • Qualification approval confirms that your centre has the staff, reference materials, learning materials, assessment materials, equipment and accommodation needed to deliver, assess and internally verify the qualifications listed on your application.

For more information, see our Systems and Qualification Approval Guide (490 KB)

2Arrange a visit

Two forms of approval will happen. Once we receive your forms, a Quality Enhancement Manager will arrange a centre approval meeting.

At this point a subject approval meeting will also be arranged and carried out by a subject expert External Verifier.

After review the Quality Enhancement Manager and External Verifier will submit a report and communicate any feedback and recommendations.

3Approval decision

There are two possible outcomes.

Approved

You will receive a Centre Operating agreement (COA) which will need to be signed and returned to SQA.

Once received, we'll issue your SQA centre number and you can start registering candidates.

Not yet approved

We make this decision when you have not met our criteria. We offer help to re-apply.

Whatever the outcome, your account manager is always on hand for continued support and advice.

 

Ready to get started?

Complete the form below and we'll be in touch to set up a meeting.

Centre approval enquiry (UK customer)

Centre approval enquiry (International customer)