Qualifications We Accredit
By ‘accredit’ or ‘accreditation’ we mean the process by which SQA Accreditation decides if an SQA approved awarding body satisfies the Regulatory Principles and Regulatory Principles Directives necessary to successfully award and certificate a given unit or qualification.
- Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)
- Regulatory and Licensing qualifications
- Other qualifications
Qualifications are accredited for a finite period. When a qualification reaches the end of its accreditation period, it may be withdrawn, extended or replaced by an updated qualification.
Scottish Vocational Qualifications
SVQs are qualifications which combine skills, knowledge and ability within a specific occupational area. They measure an individual’s competence to perform specific job functions. SVQs are normally assessed in the workplace and can be taken at a pace which suits both the learner and his/her employer.
Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, former Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages and education representatives from SQA and the SCQF talk about the development of Scottish Vocational Qualifications and how they continue to effectively contribute to the skills economy in Scotland.
Current and former representatives from the College Development Network, CBI Scotland and the Scottish Training Federation talk about how SVQs are developed in partnership with industry and delivered to maximise the benefits for both the people taking them, and the employers investing in them.
Regulatory and Licensing qualifications
Regulatory and Licensing qualifications are required for some regulated job roles.
- The Security Industry Authority (SIA) qualifications in security guarding, door supervision and CCTV operation
- Scottish Government qualifications for the Licensed Trade to regulate the sale of alcohol
- First Aid Qualifications for Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work
SQA Accreditation can accredit any qualification which is formally assessed and has external quality assurance, but is not a degree. SQA approved awarding bodies might wish to seek accreditation but this is only compulsory where the qualification is in the mandatory section of a Scottish Modern Apprenticeship framework.
- competence qualifications
- knowledge qualifications
- combinations of above
- Workplace Core Skills