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.


image from cover of Annual reportAnnual report for 2015-16

Report giving an overview of the work, challenges and successes of the CLD Standards Council and its constituent parts over the course of the last year is now available.


20160817_Marion head-thumbSummer Update from Marion Allison, Head of the CLD Standards Council

Reviewing, pre-viewing and celebrating our work. Read the summer update


Professional learning opportunity: Learning for Democracy

Aimed at CLD practitioners from across the public, voluntary and community sectors this is a free to attend professional learning session on Addressing Democratic Deficits – The Role of Community Learning and DevelopmentFurther information ...


A change to the Rules for registration

To simplify the registration routes and emphasise the importance of high standards of practice, the 10 year experience route to registration will be closed at the end of September 2016.  Further information ...


SLF 2016: Leadership in communities and classrooms; the same but only different?

Logo for the Scottish Learning Festival 2016Marion Allison, Head of the CLD Standards Council will deliver this seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival on Wednesday 21 September.
In the seminar we will consider leadership in different educational contexts. Communities or classrooms, do leaders really demonstrate different behaviours? We consider how skills like planning and communicating with learners are at the heart of educational success. Seminar code A2D

Registration for SLF 2016 is now open, so book your place today.

Find details of keynotes and seminars in the conference programme available from the SLF web site.


New Framework agreement 2016

Ashley Pringle and Dr Bill Maxwell signing the Framework AgreementThe CLD Standards Council has a new framework agreement with Education Scotland. Signed by Dr Bill Maxwell, Chief Executive of Education Scotland and Ashley Pringle, Chair of the CLD Standards Council, the new framework agreement sets out the strategic goals, roles and responsibilities of both organisations whilst accounting for operational requirements. Read the full framework agreement.


Previous highlights -

New Strategy and Resources for Professional Development available

The essentials


Values and Principles

CLD Competences

Code of Ethics

Approved courses


Approved training programmes