RoSPA has unveiled plans for an “industry standard qualification” for road safety professionals in Scotland which it says is the “first of its kind in the UK”.
RoSPA says that the SQA Road Safety Course will “equip current and new road safety professionals with the specialist knowledge, delivery skills and analytical capabilities needed to reduce road deaths”. RoSPA has developed the course, which has been approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) at level 7 (advanced higher/A Level), on behalf of Transport Scotland.
Sandy Allan, RoSPA’s road safety manager in Scotland, said: “For a number of years the skills of road safety professionals have not been fully recognised, and after researching the core skills required of a road safety officer we have devised a unique and relevant programme.
“Approval through the SQA will make this qualification, which is unique in the United Kingdom at this level, the industry standard.
“Road safety today is far more than just teaching children to cross the road. The learning outcomes from this programme will equip all successful candidates with the skills necessary to reduce casualties on our roads.
“The introduction of this training programme is the ideal opportunity for those now assuming responsibility for road safety in Scotland to equip their staff with the necessary skills.”
Keith Brown, Scotland’s transport minister, said: “I welcome the launch of this new SQA-accredited road safety qualification, which will improve the professional standing of our road safety officers and help ensure consistent good practice in road safety education across Scotland.”