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Professional Development Award in Project Management (SCQF Level 8)


Helene Holden

Scotland Excel

T. 0141 618 7436

Scotland Excel and the Improvement Service have joined forces to deliver an established and recognised qualification in project management through a Work Based Learning methodology. This will focus on the practical application of key skills in project management in a local government context.


This offer follows expressions of interest from councils who are keen to upskill new or aspiring project managers by aligning the learning with the practical project management requirements of their organisation.


What is it?

The Professional Development Award (PDA) is a SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) level 8 qualification and is certified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.


The PDA consists of two units:


  • Project Management: Project Justification and Planning.
  • Project Management: Managing the Implementation of a Project.


The PDA is well established as a standalone qualification but can also provide progression to other learning opportunities such as the Diploma in Management and Leadership at SCQF level 8.


Why us?

Scotland Excel is the Centre of Procurement Expertise for Scotland’s Local Government sector and is an established CMI Approved Centre delivering accredited courses through a Work Based Learning methodology. Supported by the Moodle digital platform, the Scotland Excel Academy provides the opportunity for interactive learning which will enhance the experience for candidates undertaking the PDA.


The Improvement Service’s purpose is to help councils and their partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland. We offer a range of support and we are committed to developing the skills and capacity across councils to meet the demands of service delivery.


How will it be delivered?

The PDA will be delivered by Scotland Excel and Improvement Service staff who have significant experience in Project Management within a local government context and course delivery will focus on practical examples in this environment.


If you work in a council and are interested in enrolling candidates for the PDA or are an individual interested in the qualification or have any questions regarding the course, download our flyer or  contact Helene Holden at Scotland Excel via or telephone 0141 618 7436 for more information.


General Information on the PDA can be found from the SQA at:


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