Moderation, assessment and QA

Certification of Awards

Before completed Youth Achievement Awards can be presented for certification they must go through a formal process of quality assurance.

The Quality Assurance Process


The worker who has supported the young people with their awards checks to ensure that they meet the assessment criteria as outlined in the award booklet.

Internal Verification

The awards are then verified by a worker within the Operating Agency who has completed the necessary internal verification training.


Finally the awards (or a sample of) are viewed by a national panel of practitioners to ensure that all Operating Agencies are assessing and verifying awards to the required standard. The awards are then resulted by a lead verifier and SQA are notified by Youth Scotland.

Registering Candidates

If you wish to register candidates and present awards for certification you should contact your Operating Agency and advise them of progress. If you have a specific timeline you are working to please allow sufficient time for stages 1 and 2 of the quality assurance process to be carried out and all necessary paperwork to be returned to Youth Scotland before any deadline. Please see below for the schedule of meetings and submission deadlines to assist with your forward planning.

You will need to complete a Candidate Registration Form (CRF) which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page and return this fully completed to Youth Scotland before the submission deadline. Standardisation dates and submission deadlines can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please note that we cannot accept postal or faxed CRFs as these are required in electronic format to allow Youth Scotland to upload the details electronically into the SQA system.

Please note that a representative of the Operating Agency must attend the standardisation meeting if you are presenting awards for certification. To attend please use the Eventbrite link at the bottom of this page and note the booking deadline dates. 

If it is not possible for anyone from the Operating Agency to attend the meeting it is possible by prior agreement for portfolios to be sent to Youth Scotland ahead of the event. This is subject to a £40 administration and handling fee, plus return postage and packaging.

If you have any queries or difficulties when booking please contact the Awards team immediately. We are unable to allow admission to this event without places having been booked in advance of the deadline.

Youth Achievement Awards Standardisation and Internal Verification Meetings - Dates & Deadlines

Date Location Eventbrite Booking Submission and booking deadline
6 June 2019 Edinburgh Click to book

16 May 2019

19 September 2019 Glasgow Click to book

29 August 2019

5 December 2019 Edinburgh Click to book

14 November 2019

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