CPD is flexible so you can move at your own speed, in your own way. However SCRA sets down some steps to follow, especially if you want to achieve the SCRA Scottish Ranger Award. If you can demonstrate competence at both levels in the four generic competencies and four of the seven specialist competencies 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. Many of you work in organisations that have an annual appraisal process (though it may be called something else). The SCRA CPD programme will fit neatly into this.

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 your goals for development 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.

If you want to achieve a Scottish Ranger Award you will 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 chance to attend a SCRA Assessor Training course. To ensure that standards are being uniformly applied you may then go through a process of verification, where a panel of very experienced and trained 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.