CPD is flexible to allow you to progress at your own pace.

Scottish Ranger Award

To achieve the SCRA Scottish Ranger Award you will need to demonstrate competence, at both foundation and standard levels, in the 4 generic competencies and 4 of the 7 specialist competencies. Once you have achieved this, you can apply to receive the Award.

The process starts with you identifying your aspirations, setting objectives for your development, and charting progress towards achieving them through a CPD Plan.

CPD plan

In your CPD Plan you will:

  • list your main areas of work and the competencies relevant to your job
  • agree with your line manager (or, if that is not possible say for a Seasonal Ranger, a mentor – SCRA can help you to find one) your current levels of competence
  • express your longer-term aspirations, both professional and personal
  • identify development goals for the next year or two
  • identify what you need to do, for example, through on-the-job experience or training
  • identify outcomes and results, rather than time spent, or things done.

Portfolio of evidence

To achieve a Scottish Ranger Award you'll have to develop a portfolio of evidence of your competence. This will be assessed against the competency standards by your line manager or mentor, who will be given the opportunity to attend a SCRA Assessor Training course. To ensure that standards are being uniformly applied you may then go through a process of verification. This is where a panel of experienced Ranger Managers, or Rangers, will look at your portfolio and interview you.

CPD flow chart

The SCRA CPD programme is a peer reviewed system, with assessment and verification done by trained and experienced fellow professionals. Because the competencies are derived from National Occupational Standards it may be possible to use your evidence towards achieving a Scottish Vocational Qualification.