Coronavirus: Employer and training
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Accredited qualifications

Following discussion with SQA Accreditation, we can confirm that the accredited qualifications listed below can continue as normal during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. No adaptions are needed to the corresponding assessment strategies.

In light of the current circumstances, you should consider the full range of assessment methods detailed in SQA Accreditation’s guidance.

We are continuing to engage with SQA Accreditation about the status of other accredited qualifications and will provide a further update on these as soon as we can.

If you need any further support and guidance, please contact operationshnvq@sqa.org.uk.

Vocational and regulated qualifications

We are working with qualification regulators and sector bodies, reviewing vocational qualifications - including Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Professional Development Awards (PDAs) and licence to practise qualifications - and identifying how we can support centres to safely deliver, assess and result SQA qualifications, and minimise the impact on candidates where possible.

Regulated qualifications and licence to practise qualifications

We are in discussion with all regulating bodies in the UK to agree appropriate arrangements for regulated qualifications and licence to practise qualifications. We will provide further guidance as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, your centre can only proceed with assessing licence to practise qualifications where it is still possible to meet the requirements of the relevant assessment strategy.

Ofqual regulated qualifications

We have contacted all SQA-approved centres who deliver Ofqual Regulated Qualifications, to advise on arrangements for delivering the qualifications they are approved to offer. If you have not received an email from us, or you have any queries about this email, please email operationshnvq@sqa.org.uk and a member of the team will support you.

Street Works qualifications

We have contacted centres to advise the appropriate arrangements for delivering and assessing Street Works qualifications during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

View the full update to Street Works centres

Qualification verification

We will continue to carry out remote verification for centres who are still assessing and resulting qualifications at this time. Our External Verifiers will be in touch to make the necessary arrangements with each centre.

We have updated our Candidate Evidence Retention policy. Centres must now keep candidate evidence for six months after the resulting date of each qualification.

Read more about the changes.

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