Welcome to the CLD Standards Council for Scotland


The Standards Council for Community Learning and Development for Scotland is the body responsible for the registration of CLD practitioners, the approval of training courses, and the continuing professional development of the sector workforce.


New Strategy and Resources for Professional Development available

The Standards Council is launching the new, updated Professional Development Strategy for all CLD practitioners. Growing the Learning Culture in CLD – the Next Stage sets ambitions for enhancing the quality and impact of practice and shows how practitioners, employers, learning providers and support organisations can work together to achieve them. It includes examples of the great professional development that’s happening around the country and provides a framework for building on success.
Access the strategy package here


Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland Appoints New Head

Marion Alison Head of CLD Standards Council

Marion Allison took up post as the new Head of the Community Learning and Development (CLD) Standards Council in August. Previously Marion ran two educational establishments in South Lanarkshire, working alongside colleagues, young people, communities and partners to deliver key community services.

Welcoming the appointment, Ashley Pringle, Chair of the Standards Council, said,

"I am delighted that Marion will be taking up the lead role at the Standards Council team. Her passion, drive and experience will be significant assets to the organisation. I am looking forward to working with her and to the Standards Council achieving major developments for the CLD profession over the coming years in what is a vital time in its development."

Marion undertook the post-graduate course of Community Education at the University of Strathclyde and her current doctoral study focuses on young people, entrepreneurship and social capital. As an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland and Associate Assessor with Education Scotland, she brings a broad range of knowledge, skills and experience to the CLD Standards Council.

Marion, who will take up post from mid-August, said “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining and leading the CLD Standards Council for Scotland at such a pivotal time in our profession’s evolution. I am looking forward to working across sectors and contexts to advance and promote the quality and impact of the CLD workforce”.

The essentials


Values and Principles

CLD Competences

Code of Ethics

Approved courses


Approved training available now

Approved training programmes