AEA Certificate (Scotland)

An information pack about registering for the Certificate level of the Association’s Qualification may be obtained by clicking here. The pack should provide you with all the information that you require to enable you to register. However, if you require any further information or wish to discuss any aspect of the process, please do not hesitate to contact the Qualifications Team at Sunderland at the email address below.

The Certificate syllabus consists of the existing modules on registration of electors and elections administration. These are an either/or option to reflect the fact that the vast majority of staff in Scotland work on either registration or elections but not both. The other Scottish module (SC3) is compulsory for all candidates and includes Scottish Parliamentary elections, Community Councils, National Park Board elections, Devolved and reserved powers, Scottish local government and a general section providing an overview of Scottish electoral administration.

Candidates for the Certificate either have to be able to demonstrate a minimum of three years’ work experience in either electoral registration or elections administration or can make a case to be exempted from the above requirement.

The syllabus has been revised to take account of legislative changes introduced up until the end of 2018 including the consequential secondary legislation and the introduction of individual electoral registration. This means that all assessments for the September 2019 programme will be based on the position which now applies.

If you wish to pursue an application, please complete the registration form which is available by clicking here and then emailing it to the Qualfications Team at Sunderland at:

A limit is being placed on the number of entries at Certificate level this year and entries up to that limit are being accepted on a first come first served basis.

Please note that applications for registration must be received by 1 September and that the induction course for the programme will be held shortly after that. Late applications may be considered up to 28 September but such applications will incur an additional fee of £33 and it is possible that a late applicant will miss the induction course.

A table of dates for 2019/2020 is shown below.