Qualification Structure

Introduction to the Qualification

The Member Services Professional Development Certificate is a nationally recognised and SCQF credit rated qualification specifically designed for employees working in the area of elected Member Support.

The Scottish Member Services Development Network (SMSDN) sponsors the development of this qualification.

West Lothian Council, in consultation with Scottish Councils through the SMSDN, designed the programme.

West Lothian College is responsible for quality assurance of the qualification that is credit rated through the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

SMSDN developed a generic set of operating standards for the Member Support role and worked with West Lothian College to develop a learning framework for the qualification.   The learning framework is based on job descriptions and the role of Member Services Staff across the councils involved.

West Lothian College, sponsored by SMSDN, supports this exciting initiative and has identified a link person to assist with planning, assessment, quality assurance, external verification and accreditation of the course qualification.

The Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework Partnership group supports the initiative and a link person is available for support in developing the credit rating for the programme.