CLD Student Resources

About us

We are a member led organisation. Our approach and work plans to deliver our core responsibilities are defined by our member committees and based on feedback from the wider membership. If you would like to know more have a look at our introductory video.

Joining CLD Standards Council

As a student, you can register with CLD Standards Council as an Associate Member and you can take advantage of a whole host of member benefits including:

  • Monthly Virtual Member Meet-Ups
  • CLD Standards Council Members Slack Space with a dedicated channel for CLD Students.
  • invitation to our Annual Members Conference
  • access to our Buddy/Mentor/Professional Learning Verifier support
  • weekly Member Bulletin News updates
  • free online access to Times Educational Supplement Scotland magazine
  • membership of Scotland wide University and College Libraries
  • links with UK-wide Association of Professional Lecturers in Youth & Community Work
  • access to Scottish Council for Development & Industry materials/events
  • i-develop access to member only areas and much more…

To apply for Associate membership as a Student

Confirm your course tutor is happy to act as your application referee** and complete the following application form:

Then go to the Registration page on i-develop, and create an i-develop account and submit the form. There’s no charge and within a couple of weeks, you can take advantage of the host of member benefits.

** If your course tutor is not able to act as your referee then please use the standard application form you will find on the i-develop registration page (under item 2) and ask a practice colleague, placement supervisor or volunteer support officer to act as your referee.

CLD Professional Practice Placement

Students on Professionally Approved courses should follow the Professional Practice Placement Standards. This provides guidance to what you should expect from your placement and who is responsible for what during your placement as well as templates to use. The document was created in partnership with Higher Education, Further Education and representatives from employers and practice supervisors in CLD.

Professional Learning

As part of your CLDSC registration commitment, you are required to undertake a certain amount of professional learning each year. We have developed a range of materials which you can use to help you record and reflect on your professional learning.

Our Supporting Professional Learning Together offer gives you access to CLDSC Buddies, Mentors and/or Professional Learning Verifiers. It also helps broaden your network through #CLDSCConnectors and the CPD Discussion forum.

And we also provide a range of professional learning opportunities which you can take part in. You’ll find them in a variety of places including i-develop and our monthly Member Meet-Ups.


i-develop supports creative and innovative professional learning and development for CLD practitioners. It integrates the theories and practices such as peer support, communities of practice, learning journeys and reflection-in-action, in order to shape and support a learning community of practitioners across CLD in Scotland.

Follow some of the Useful Links on the homepage to find out about our Members’ Conference 2020, Professional Learning Networks in your area, volunteering in CLD and more.

Other Resources from the CLDSC that you might find useful

Ethical Practice – Competent Practitioners – learning resource around the Code of Ethics with key learning points and points for reflection, sections on why it matters and what we mean by ethics as well as worksheets for each ethic taking each ethic in turn.

The competent practitioner framework – detailing the 7 competences, 5 key attributes and the definition of a competent practitioner.

Some reading for your studies? Influencing Change: CLD in Scotland 2001-2015 outlines the development of CLD and brings together key texts on policy and practice.

i-develop also holds research material such as a doctoral thesis and 2 Masters dissertations and from members. (search for thesis or dissertation on the “search group spaces” option)

Other useful COVID related resources