Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Browse the answers to commonly asked questions around Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

There are several different definitions. Here are the 3 most common:

  • An uncoordinated series of initiatives designed to promote the ongoing development of professional people. Most initiatives emphasise formalised learning.
  • Continuing Professional Development, CPD, is about how you use a variety of learning experiences to develop yourself professionally and personally.
  • CPD is the conscious updating of professional knowledge and improvement of personal competence throughout your working life. Conscious implies that CPD is a state of mind rather than a set of rules or a programme of study.

What is the concept of Continuing Professional Development?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is about how you use a variety of learning experiences to develop yourself professionally and personally.

There is a common principle in how you approach CPD, whether you think in terms of self-development or lifelong learning. It is about the learning and development that you undertake and the method you use to reflect on and record this learning.

What are the main approaches to CPD?

There are common principles in the path you take to CPD, whether you think in terms of the following 2 main approaches:

  • self development
  • lifelong learning.

It is about the learning and development that you undertake and the method you use to reflect on and record this learning.

What is the benefit of CPD?

CPD is a commitment to being professional, keeping up-to-date and continuously seeking to improve. It is the key to optimising your career opportunities, both today and in the future.

Why should CPD be a natural extension of my work?

CPD is not just another burden heaped onto an already overloaded schedule. It is a natural extension of your work. It brings greater awareness of what you do, why you do it and how you do it. The success of CPD ultimately depends on an on-going willingness to learn and apply the lessons inherent in the experience you gain and the various jobs you do.

How do I start my CPD?

Most of us are familiar with the saying "even the longest journey begins with a single step". Whether your goal is to master a musical instrument, lose weight or gain computer skills, we know that getting started will require both effort and commitment.

This is no less true with CPD. Wanting to improve is not enough. Steps must be taken to conquer inertia or break bad habits. You must be prepared to assess and evaluate your current levels of knowledge and competence. You must put in place a plan that will not only help you identify and address learning needs, but will also enable you to monitor your progress and successfully integrate the benefits gained.

What are SMART objectives?

It pays to be SMART.

If this is the first time you have attempted to prepare a Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR) you may like to try a proven and easy-to-use method known by the acronym, SMART. The letters will remind you of five goal-setting rules as follows:

  • Specific - be as concise as possible
  • Measurable - plan small steps with clearly expressed outcomes
  • Attainable - stay within your physical and intellectual reach
  • Realistic - recognise the constraints of available time and resources
  • Timed - set target dates for every step you plan

How can I stay on track with my CPD?

Staying on Track: the "3" Rs

Once you have written your Personal Development Plan (PDP)/Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR), you should revisit each part of the process from time to time.

Just follow these simple guidelines:

  • Reflect on the overall process, not just when you first embark on CPD, but at regular intervals throughout your working life.
  • Review your progress regularly and take stock
  • Revise your Personal Development Plan (PDP)/Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR) when developments or circumstances dictate.

It is advisable to work to the following stages of submission:

Quality Assurance Support Pack (QASP) – Suggested Stages of Submission

External Verifier Submission Date Description Senior External Verifier Submission Date
8 November 2019 Submission of Personal Development Plan (PDP) planned outcomes to be sent to SEV. This should include entries for occupational and standardisation activites covering all verification groups. 15 November 2019
8 January 2020 Draft submission of standardisation and occupational enteries on the Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR) to be sent to SEV coveing all verification groups. 15 January 2020
8 April 2020 Completed submission of all standardisation and occupational CPD entries on Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR) to be sent SEV covering all verification groups 15 April 2020
8 July 2020 SEV advises if members of verification groups have met KPM 6 - "Submit a current Personal Development Plan (PDP) and CPD record within agreed timescales where appropriate" 15 April 2020

What counts as Evidence?

Anything can count as evidence as long as you show that you've learnt something from it. Typical examples include:

work experience/on the job training

  • qualifications
  • short courses
  • informal learning such as reading
  • attending an event
  • personal development
  • out-of-work activities.

The Senior External Verifier’s/External Verifier’s performance may include for example:

records of your work on keeping up to date on the requirements for your Senior External Verifier/External Verifier role

  • records of how you keep abreast of developments in your subject area
  • feedback that you have stimulated from learners and colleagues
  • self evaluations of your own practice in your subject area
  • your Personal Development Plan and evidence of how this has been updated over time
  • records of continuing professional development activities
  • evidence of how you have shared new knowledge and skills with colleagues

The Senior External Verifier/External Verifier will also engage in a professional discussion with peers of their Verification Group to explore how you have reflected on your practice and used these reflections to improve what you do.

Remember, it's the outcome that is important and how it impacts on you and your role, rather than what you did.

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. Other formal and informal methods of CPD are also acceptable.

How do I present my CPD Evidence?

SQA has designed a proforma for you to record your evidence. The document is known as a Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR).

Please select this link for a copy of the Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Plan (CPDR)

What is my CPD File?

External Verifiers are advised to keep an electronic CPD file. The file may contain the following documents:

  • Blank Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR)
  • Completed Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR)
  • Activities Pack – Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR)
  • Exemplars Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR)
  • Guidance Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR)
  • CPD Specimen Certificate

How do I link my CPD activity to specific objectives in my Personal Development Plan (PDP)?

You can link your CPD activity to specific objectives by:

a. considering the main area or topics that you wish to develop in the next 12 months on a professional and social basis.

b. acknowledging that your Senior External Verifier/External Verifier role is part of your overall Personal Development Plan (PDP).

c. considering the learning that you do within and out with the workplace that relates to your Senior External Verifier/External Verifier role.  

How do I set my development objectives for my Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

a. by considering the main area or topics that you wish to develop in the next 12 months on a professional and personal basis.

b. by acknowledging that your Senior External Verifier/External Verifier role is part of your overall Personal Development Plan (PDP).

c. by considering the learning that you do within and out with the workplace that relates to your Senior External Verifier/External Verifier role.

d. by considering how you have standardised for each verification group that you are a member of. e by considering how you have kept your occupational CPD up-to-date for each verification group that you are a member of.

Development

If you are employed in education or training, most employers adopt the good practice of setting their employees tasks which will aid their professional development in the post that they hold. In most instances the development of the post holder will be in line with the organisation’s overall corporate objectives.

If this is the case you should manage to link your Senior External Verifier/External Verifier role to the Personal Development Plan (PDP) set in conjunction with yourself and your substantive employer.

Setting a Personal Development Plan (PDP)

The Personal Development Plan (PDP) is your opportunity to focus on your development needs and agree actions for the forthcoming year. A well-formed plan can help improve overall performance in your current role, help achieve your objectives, and prepare you for your next career move.

Think carefully about how you might want to develop. This may not always be a training course, but could be: working with others, being coached to do tasks more effectively, or studying for a qualification.  

Suggestions you are advised to consider if you do not have a Personal Development Plan (PDP)

  • Report to awarding organisation on activity and issues.
  • Keep up-to-date with current policies and changes in the SQA quality system
  • Keeping up-to-date and preparing for the delivery of new frameworks or awards
  • Standardising with fellow professionals (External Verifiers, Internal Verifiers, assessors, Experts) in my field of expertise.
  • Vetting mandatory questions for new standards in my occupational area of expertise, ensuring an understanding of assessment requirements
  • To communicate better and inform colleagues of new SQA developments so as to ensure standardisation of the Team’s EV activity.
  • Involvement in planning future qualifications
  • Engaging in collaborative working with SQA
  • The introduction of new National Standards and associated Assessment Strategy
  • To maintain currency in carrying out Internal Verification activities
  • Update on any new legislation affecting my occupational area of expertise and any related matters
  • Develop awareness of VQ award and the relationship to SCQF.

The Senior External Verifier/External Verifier’s performance may include for example:

  • records of their work on keeping up to date on the requirements of their external verifier role
  • records of how they keep abreast of developments in their subject area
  • feedback that they have stimulated from learners and colleagues
  • self¿evaluations of their own practice in their subject area
  • their Personal Development Plan and evidence of how this has been updated over time
  • records of Continuing Professional Development activities
  • evidence of how they have shared new knowledge and skills with colleagues

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. Other formal and informal methods of CPD are also acceptable.

What constitutes CPD?

External Verifiers are reminded that just putting evidence of attendance into a portfolio does not provide evidence of development. What we require you to do is to demonstrate that you have updated and enhanced your competence, within the last year, by completing at least 2 activities per verification group for your PDP and CPDR. On some occasions, 3 activities may be required.

The Senior External Verifier/External Verifier’s performance may include for example:

  • records of your work on keeping up to date on the requirements for your Senior External Verifier/External Verifier role
  • records of how you keep abreast of developments in your subject area ¿ feedback that you have stimulated from learners and colleagues
  • self¿evaluations of your own practice in your subject area
  • your Personal Development Plan (PDP) and evidence of how this has been updated over time
  • records of continuing professional development activities
  • evidence of how you have shared new knowledge and skills with colleagues

The Senior External Verifier/External Verifier will also engage in a professional discussion with peers within their Verification Group to explore how you have reflected on your practice and used these reflections to improve what you do.

Remember, it's the outcome that is important and how it impacts on you and your role, rather than what you did.

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. Other formal and informal methods of CPD are also acceptable.

In addition, please bear in mind that all External Verifiers must have a sound working knowledge and experience of assessment. You must also be familiar with Internal as well as External Verification procedures. You must also demonstrate competence in the particular External Verification procedures set down by SQA for the qualification that you are verifying (including appeals and complaints procedures).

External Verifiers

Please complete your PDP and CPDR and forward it to your Senior External Verifier for comment by 30 June in any given year.

Early CPDR submissions are encouraged and strongly advised.

Your Senior External Verifier will forward your final PDP and CPDR submission to the CPDR mailbox.

Senior External Verifiers

Please complete your PDP and CPDR and forward it to CPDR mailbox for the attention of the Training and Development Manager for comment.

All PDP and CPDR submissions should be emailed to cpdr@sqa.org.uk by 30 June in any given year.

Early CPDR submissions are encouraged and strongly advised.

When will SQA issue CPD Certificate(s) to External Verifiers?

SQA will issue a CPD certificate for every External Verifier training event that you attend.

The certificate will state:

  • which event you attended
  • what location the event was held at
  • the date of the event
  • how many hours of CPD you gained
  • the seminar content

Please note that External Verifiers are required to sign the attendance register at the end of each event prior to leaving.

External Verifiers who omit to sign the attendance register will not be eligible for a CPD certificate.

Please note: All CPD Certificates will be forwarded in a PDF format.

Please read over question 16 to see who makes the submission for a CPD Certificate.  

Who makes the submission for a CPD Certificate?

Please note that the Senior External Verifier for each Verification Group will be required to complete a CPD Certificate Text Template for a CPD certificate to be raised. The CPD Certificate Text Template requires the following information to be completed:

  • the title of the Verification Group and Verification Group Number attended by External Verifiers
  • what location the event was held at
  • the date of the event
  • how many hours of CPD each External Verifier gained
  • the seminar content
  • the names of the External Verifiers who attended the event

Senior External Verifiers should ensure that all entries on the proforma are accurate as this information will be transferred to the certificate.

All CPD Certificate Text Templates should be submitted to SQA no later than 3 months after the date of the specified training event. Any proforma received after this date will be considered ineligible for CPD purposes.

SQA will determine if the issue of a CPD certificate is appropriate. Each submission will be assessed on its own merit.

From a CPD stance, how are External Verifiers encouraged to standardise?

In order to meet national standards, you must show that you have standardised with your External Verifier hat on.

The format of standardisation may include: a face-to-face meeting, telephone conversation, discussion forum, Skype, email or video conference. The pointers below may aid you to meet the standardisation requirements of the External Verifier award:

  • Have you had any meetings with your Qualifications Manager and/or Qualifications Officer where you have discussed your subject in detail and agreed a route forward?
  • With your Quality Assurance Logistics Officer have you sought advice, guidance or had a debate about SQA policy and how to implement it?
  • Have you attended a Verification Group meeting and contributed to the debate and had action points noted against yourself, which in turn allowed you and your colleagues on your verification group to relay the exact same message to centres offering awards in your area of expertise?
  • Have you reviewed a particular unit within the suite of awards that you externally verify to ensure that all members of the verification group come to same conclusion and are able to impart the same advice?
  • Have you attended a meeting in SQA with other Verification Groups where a Senior External Verifier Without Portfolio has been appointed? This may allow you standardise in relation to SQA policy and procedure.

External Verifiers are encouraged to standardise via Verification Group meetings. SQA may issue a CPD certificate for Verification Group meetings that External Verifiers attend.

Please note that the Senior Verifier for each Verification Group will be required to complete a CPD Certificate Text Template outlining the following:

  • the title of the Verification Group and Verification Group Number attended by External Verifiers what location the event was held at
  • the date of the event
  • how many hours of CPD each External Verifier gained
  • the seminar content
  • the names of the External Verifiers who attended the event

Senior External Verifiers should ensure that all entries on the proforma are accurate as this information will be transferred to the certificate.

All CPD Certificate Text Templates should be submitted to SQA no later than 3 months after the date of the specified Verification Group Meeting. Any proforma received after this date will be considered ineligible for CPD purposes.

SQA will determine if the issue of a CPD certificate is appropriate. Each submission will be assessed on its own merit. Select the link below to access the "Text Template for Verification Group Meeting - Continuing Professional Development Certificate".

How many "Verification Group Meetings" are External Verifiers entitled to per academic session?

  • External Verifiers are reminded that each Verification Group is entitled to 1 Verification Group Meeting per academic session.
  • External Verification Group Meetings should be scheduled within the academic session.
  • Requests for any additional meetings should be approved by your Quality Assurance Logistics Officer (QALO).
  • It is the responsibility of the Senior External Verifier to submit a "Verification Group Meeting Request Form" to their Officer.

Whose responsibility is it to submit the Verification Group Meeting Agenda?

For the Verification Group Meetings held each academic year, Senior External Verifiers will be required to produce an agenda that will be sent to colleagues in Verification for approval before the Verification Group Meeting is confirmed.

All agendas should incorporate subject specific items for discussion as well as the generic items.

Please Note:

The sentence below can only be completed once a venue and date for the meeting has been confirmed.

The (Insert Ordinal Number e.g. first, second) meeting of the (Insert Verification Group Title) Verification Group was held at the (Insert the Name and Address of the Venue where the meeting was held) at (Insert Time) on (Insert Day, Date Month and Year).

All agendas should be submitted to SQA for approval no later than 1 month before the date of the requested Verification Group Meeting.

Alternatively the Qualifications Manager/Qualifications Officer may submit an agenda for a Verification Group Meeting. In most instances, it is likely that this will have been discussed in advance with the Senior External Verifier.

Whose responsibility is it to produce and submit a set of Verification Group Meeting Minutes?

For the Verification Group Meetings held each academic year, Senior External Verifiers will be required to produce a set of minutes outlining the issues discussed, actions referred to the Verification Section and action taken.

All minutes should be submitted to SQA no later than 1 month after the date of the said Verification Group Meeting.  

How do I complete my PDP and CPDR?

All Other Verification Groups

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers will be required to complete their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPDR) with at least 2 entries. On some occasions, this may be at least 3 entries.

  • One of these entries should show evidence of standardisation. In most instances, this could involve attending a verification group meeting where standardisation is part of the agenda.
  • The second entry should advise how you kept your occupational expertise up-to-date.
  • There should be one standardisation and occupational CPD entry for each verification group that you are a member of.
  • The third entry, where required, should relate to keeping up to date with External Verifier Qualification National Standards. This will enable the following outcome (HN)/performance criteria (SVQ) to be covered:
    • HN: Contribute to the effectiveness of the external verification process – Outcome 4 Evidence Requirements
    • SVQ: Work with others to ensure the standardisation ofassessment practice and outcomes – Performance Criteria 4 (a)

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers should ensure that all components of their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR) are completed in full before submitting.

In addition, please bear in mind that all External Verifiers must have a sound working knowledge and experience of assessment. You must also be familiar with internal as well as external verification procedures. You must also demonstrate competence in the particular external verification procedures set down by SQA for the qualification that you are verifying (including appeals and complaints procedures).

How do I complete my PDP and CPDR if I am member of the Learning and Development verification group

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers will be required to complete their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPDR) with at least 2 entries. On some occasions, this may be at least 3 entries:

  • One of these entries should show evidence of standardisation. In most instances, this could involve attending a verification group meeting where standardisation is part of the agenda.
  • The second entry should advise how you kept your occupational expertise up-to-date.
  • There should be one standardisation and occupational CPD entry for each verification group that you are a member of.
  • The third entry, where required, should relate to keeping up to date with External Verifier Qualification National Standards. This will enable the following outcome (HN)/performance criteria (SVQ) to be covered:
    • HN: Contribute to the effectiveness of the external verification process – Outcome 4 Evidence Requirements
    • SVQ: Work with others to ensure the standardisation ofassessment practice and outcomes – Performance Criteria 4 (a)

Assessment Strategy

All Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers must be familiar with the requirements of “Assessment Strategy and Qualification Requirements for: SCQF Assessor and Internal Verifier Qualifications and SVQs in Learning and Development” – (August 2012).

 

L&D10 – Reflect On, Develop and Maintain Own Skills and Practice in Learning and Development”.

All Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers must show current evidence of continuing professional development in the relevant area of practice by demonstrating they continue to meet the standard set out in “L&D10 – Reflect On, Develop and Maintain Own Skills and Practice in Learning and Development”.

You must meet the required components of:

  • Identify what you need to know or do to keep your practice up to date
  • Find out about your current levels of employment
  • Plan your future CPD requirement
  • Record your CPD to date and identify any further actions

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers should ensure that all components of their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR) are completed in full before submitting.

In addition, please bear in mind that all External Verifiers must have a sound working knowledge and experience of assessment. You must also be familiar with internal as well as external verification procedures. You must also demonstrate competence in the particular external verification procedures set down by SQA for the qualification that you are verifying (including appeals and complaints procedures).

How do I complete my PDP and CPDR if I am a member of the Beauty Care or Hairdressing verification groups?

Beauty Care and Hairdressing Verification Groups

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers will be required to complete their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPDR) with at least 2 entries. On some occasions, this may be at least 3 entries.

  • One of these entries should show evidence of standardisation. In most instances, this could involve attending a verification group meeting where standardisation is part of the agenda.
  • The second entry should advise how you kept your occupational expertise up-to-date.
  • There should be one standardisation and occupational CPD entry for each verification group that you are a member of.
  • The third entry, where required, should relate to keeping up to date with External Verifier Qualification National Standards. This will enable the following outcome (HN)/performance criteria (SVQ) to be covered:
    • HN: Contribute to the effectiveness of the external verification process – Outcome 4 Evidence Requirements
    • SVQ: Work with others to ensure the standardisation ofassessment practice and outcomes – Performance Criteria 4 (a)

Assessment Strategy

Beauty Care (66) – 30 Hours CPD Component

  • Ensure that your PDP and CPDR makes reference to the additional 30 hour CPD component. CPD is measured within each 12 month period taken from 1 September to 31 August in any given year.
  • Do you have any outstanding hours between 30 June 2019 and 31 August 2019 that need to be addressed for your submission for the 2019/2020 academic session?

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers should ensure that all components of their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR) are completed in full before submitting.

In addition, please bear in mind that all External Verifiers must have a sound working knowledge and experience of assessment. You must also be familiar with internal as well as external verification procedures. You must also demonstrate competence in the particular external verification procedures set down by SQA for the qualification that you are verifying (including appeals and complaints procedures).  

How do I complete my PDP and CPDR if I am a member of the Care or Child Care verification groups?

Care and Child Care Verification Groups

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers will be required to complete their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPDR) with at least 2 entries. On some occasions, this may be at least 3 entries.

  • One of these entries should show evidence of standardisation. In most instances, this could involve attending a verification group meeting where standardisation is part of the agenda.
  • The second entry should advise how you kept your occupational expertise up-to-date.
  • There should be one standardisation and occupational CPD entry for each verification group that you are a member of.
  • The third entry, where required, should relate to keeping up to date with External Verifier Qualification National Standards. This will enable the following outcome (HN)/performance criteria (SVQ) to be covered:
    • HN: Contribute to the effectiveness of the external verification process – Outcome 4 Evidence Requirements
    • SVQ: Work with others to ensure the standardisation ofassessment practice and outcomes – Performance Criteria 4 (a)

Additional CPD Component

For Care and Child Care External Verifiers:

  • One or more entries advising how you kept up-to-date with legislation in the Care sector.
  • One or more entries advising how you kept up-to-date with legislation in the Child Care sector.
  • If you are a member of both verification groups, you will require one or more legislation entries for each verification group.
  • SQA will advise on any new or revised legislation and guidance that should form part of your PDP in any academic session.

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers should ensure that all components of their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR) are completed in full before submitting.

In addition, please bear in mind that all External Verifiers must have a sound working knowledge and experience of assessment. You must also be familiar with internal as well as external verification procedures. You must also demonstrate competence in the particular external verification procedures set down by SQA for the qualification that you are verifying (including appeals and complaints procedures).

How and when do I submit my Personal Development Plan (PDP) and Continuing Professional Development Record (CPDR)?

External Verifiers

Please complete your PDP and CPDR and forward it to your Senior External Verifier for comment by 30 June in any given year.

Early CPDR submissions are encouraged and strongly advised.

Your Senior External Verifier will forward your final PDP and CPDR submission to the CPDR mailbox.

Senior External Verifiers

Please complete your PDP and CPDR and forward it to CPDR mailbox for the attention of the Training and Development Manager for comment.

All PDP and CPDR submissions should be emailed to cpdr@sqa.org.uk by 30 June in any given year.

Early CPDR submissions are encouraged and strongly advised.  

Do I have to keep up-to-date with the national standards that External Verifiers are expected to work to?

The short answer is ‘Yes’.

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers Appointed in the Current Academic Session If you are a newly appointed Senior External Verifier/External Verifier in the current session, please add one entry to your PDP and CPDR submission advising that you understand and are working to national standards for your External Verifier qualification. This applies to those with a Customised Award (CA), Higher National (HN) and Vocational Qualification (VQ) remit.

Experienced Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers Re-appointed in the Current Academic Session

If you are an experienced Senior External Verifier/External Verifier in the current session, please add one entry to your PDP and CPDR submission advising that you understand and are working to national standards for your External Verifier qualification.

This only has to happen when the national standard has been revised. SQA will notify you of any changes to the national standard. This applies to those with a Customised Award (CA), Higher National (HN) and Vocational Qualification (VQ) remit.

Current External Verifier Qualification Standards

The External Verifier qualification for those with an HN remit is:

Conduct External Verification of the Assessment Process (H7VG 36)

This unit was revised in 2014 and has a start date of 1 August 2015. SQA implemented this standard from the start of the 2015/2016 academic session.

The External Verifier qualification for those with a VQ remit is:

Externally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment (FD44 04)

This unit was revised in 2010 and has a start date of 1 January 2011. SQA implemented this standard from the start of the 2011/2012 academic session.

This unit was revised in 2010 and has a start date of 1 January 2011. SQA implemented this standard from the start of the 2011/2012 academic session.

Why do I have to submit a CPDR on an annual basis?

To ensure that SQA meets the requirements of regulatory bodies. In the main there are 2 regulatory bodies for SQA:

  • SQA Accreditation
  • The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers are to keep their currency up-to-date (occupational/subject expertise, standardisation and with the national standards for External Verifier qualifications).

Where Vocational Qualifications (VQ), are concerned Senior External Verifiers/External Verifiers must also work to requirements set down in the Assessment Strategy for their area of expertise.