Methodologies & Professional Body Accreditation


Our Learning Methodology
The Academy utilises a work-based-learning methodology delivering time-concise applied learning, allowing our learners to apply new knowledge to their work practice immediately - this provides a quick return for our learners, and their organisations.
We release some pre-work on The Academy before the taught face-face workshop and complement this with online discussion forums and video content. An applied project is the summative assessment for each accredited unit. This applied project is an opportunity for the learner to demonstrate how they are applying acquired knowledge to their work practice.
Our programmes and workshops are further complemented through The Academy delivering a series of practice workshopspractitioner workshops and thought leadership masterclasses.  


We underpin the quality of our delivery through accreditations with professional bodies -

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Chartered Manager Assessment Centre (CMI)
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Association for Project Management (APM)

How do I know what development I need?

The Scottish Government Development Framework

The procurement development framework identifies skills and competency levels required by staff involved in the procurement process. It helps people take ownership of their personal development through a skills assessment, identifying training and development needs and supporting career planning.

The framework is intended to complement, not replace, existing personal development tools in organisations.

Access the current Development Framework assessment tool.
National Framework and The Academy Disciplines
The Scottish Government operates a framework of training provision in Procurement delivery and development. You can find guidance on the Scottish Government Website here.

Find out more about The Academy accredited opportunities in developing you professional practice in ProcurementProject ManagementLeadership and ManagementCoaching and Mentoring and Business Analysis & Innovation

Disciplines - The Academy Portfolio

This downloadable file illustrates an overview of The Academy portfolio, illustrating both accredited programmes and non-accredited 1 day practice workshops. The Academy's work-based-learning methodology is also outlined.

This additional downloadable file illustrates greater detail of The Academy portfolio,  illustrating units within programmes and typical timelines to complete the programmes. All of the available units within specific programmes are illustrated, allowing customisation of the units for The Academy to deliver a customised programme to its learners. 


Accredited Learning Provision
The Academy partners with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) to
cipsdeliver accredited procurement programmes at HNC, HND, Degree-levels.

The Academy partners with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to deliver accredited leadership and management programmes at HND, Degree, Masters-levels.
The Academy is the first Chartered Manager Assessment Centre in Scotland and assesses people for the award of Chartered Manager (CMgr) via the Exemption Route and the Qualified Written route. Many of our leadership and management programmes have CMgr integrated as the final assessment.

Scotland Excel partners with the Association for Project Management (APM) apmproviding access to online licensed content via The Academy.

Scotland Excel partners with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to deliver accredited PDA programmes in Project Management at HND-level.scqf

All our programmes are aligned to the SCQF framework. For a detailed interactive overview the framework please click here.

For a detailed list of the Scottish level of study definitions please click here.

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