Senior External Verifier (SEV) Petroleum Driver Passport

A Senior External Verifier is responsible for ensuring that all tasks associated with external verification and qualification approval activities are carried out under the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by SQA.

The prime role is to manage the team of external verifiers in the delivery of verification procedures for the Petroleum Driver Passport scheme to ensure that standards are maintained.

These activities will be under the direction of SQA’s Contract Services team.

SEV duties:

Leadership and management

  • Manage and appraise a verification/invigilation team of experienced staff.
  • Continually review resource levels and external verifier (EV) training provider allocations.
  • Create and apply quality control systems to ensure consistency of decision making by (EVs) (standardisation).
  • Conduct EV performance reviews on a quarterly basis and report to SQA every six months.
  • Update SQA regarding EV performance against targets on a monthly basis.
  • Conduct scheduled management visits with EVs to ensure standards of conduct are being adhered to, one per EV per annum at a minimum.


  • Attend various industry events and meetings, at the request of SQA.
  • Proactively seek training providers’ feedback about quality assurance visits.

Consultation and guidance

  • Monitor and suggest amendments to the Manual of Practice (MoP) as required.
  • Advise the SQA on adhoc matters as they arise.
  • Provide consultation on revisions to the syllabus and MoP to maintain alignment with changing legislation, industry agreements and industry best practice.
  • Monitor and review examination questions and contribute to question bank review teams.
  • Provide input and guidance to SQA staff regarding EV reports following visits to training providers.

In addition to the duties above, the SEV will also be expected to carry out the duties of an external verifier.

EV duties

  • Carry out monitoring of training and assessment activity within a geographical area, to ensure compliance with standards in accordance with the Training Standard, Syllabus and Scheme Manual of Practice. There may also be instances when visits are required to be conducted out with a specific geographical area.
  • Observe training and assessment being conducted to ensure it is in accordance with the syllabus and Manual of Practice.
  • Provide support to training providers through advice and suggestions for improvement on any matters which may have arisen. The advice must be directly relevant to the standards for training laid out in the syllabus and offered with the sole aim of helping improve or maintain the standard of training.
  • Discuss the findings with the key contact of the visited training provider, if available.
  • Provide guidance and training on the PDP database.
  • Carry out centre approval visits to ensure requirements have been met including instructor approval.
  • Participate in monitoring visits to centres providing advice and guidance relevant to the standards and ensure any recommendations or corrective actions have been carried out.
  • Complete written reports to SQA requirements.
  • Assist with specific enquiries from centres, and SQA officers.
  • Participate in EV training events and meetings required by SQA.
  • Complete Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in line with SQA requirements.

Selection Criteria

Essential characteristics

Successful candidates must:

  • Be able to demonstrate recent experience and knowledge in petroleum products within the last 5 years, and a high level of expertise in training and assessment within the various industry sub sectors (Aviation, Commercial, Home Heat, Marine and Retail).
  • Have currency of knowledge and practice demonstrated by either current working practice or CPD record.
  • Be able to communicate confidently, effectively and professionally (both orally and in writing) with customers, colleagues and stakeholders
  • Have an in-depth understanding of all documentation, duties, tasks and procedures associated with the carriage of petroleum products.
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent organisational and administrative skills and provide an attention to detail.
  • Have a home computer or laptop with broadband internet connection and a private e-mail address.
  • Have excellent working knowledge of Microsoft packages including but not limited to Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Hold a current clean, driving licence.

Desirable characteristics

Successful candidates should:

  • Hold a formal training qualification and / or an external audit qualification.
  • Be qualified and or trained in instructional techniques.
  • Hold a current Petroleum Driver Passport.
  • Hold or be working towards an Assessor Award.
  • Hold a current DGSA qualification or equivalent.
  • Hold a current ADR Driver Training Certificate.
  • Hold or be working towards an External Verification Award.