Industry first: SDF achieves clean validation for new experienced worker qualification

In what’s believed to be a first of its kind, the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF) has achieved a validation of a new qualification – with no conditions.

The new qualification is a SCQF level 6 Award that will measure the competence of experienced workers in Scotland.

A design team including Ian Rogers of the SDF, Jim McLean of South Lanarkshire College and Gillian O’Hare of the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) has developed the qualification.

It will replace the Accredited Prior Learning route  – also known as Grandfather’s Rights – at a date to be decided by the Scottish Construction Operatives Registration Executive (SCORE).

Brand new qualifications like this usually require conditions, but the hard work put in over six years by the design team paved the way for a smooth review.

SQA Validation is the quality assurance process to ensure that all qualifications are valid, credible, and fit for purpose.

It is a process of peer group review that focuses on the justification for, and coherence of, a proposed qualification and its technical specification.

Gillian O’Hare, Qualifications Officer at SQA said: “The validation process was a great success and I’m delighted that the award was validated without any conditions to be met and will soon be available for use.”

Ian Rogers, Chief Executive of the SDF, said: “We’ve been working for many years with the SQA to ensure we have a raft of qualifications that are fit for purpose and this validation is a feather in the industry’s cap.

“It’s also a measure of the Federation’s input to qualifications and training that we’ve put in place something that’s been required for a long time. The Scottish industry should be very proud of what it has achieved.”

The next steps are to source funding and partner with a centre of delivery to promote and deliver the qualification, which is anticipated to be available at the end of 2013.