Act Now Training is pleased to announce the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information (Scotland). This is the first certificated course specifically designed for those who work with Freedom of Information and the Environmental Information Regulations in Scotland. Successful candidates will receive a certificate demonstrating that they possess a good knowledge of Freedom of Information and other information laws they apply in Scotland, as well as an understanding of the practical implications for their organisation.
The Certificate is endorsed by the Centre for Freedom of Information based at the University of Dundee. The Executive Director of the Centre is Professor Kevin Dunion (formerly the Scottish Information Commissioner). Professor Dunion says:
“On behalf of the Centre for Freedom of Information, I am pleased to endorse Act Now Training’s Practitioner Certificate in Freedom (Scotland). In my view it is important that the skills which our FOI(S)A practitioners have built up should be formally recognised through a certificated qualification. The training approach and course documentation reflect the distinctiveness of our Scottish FoI regime. I am confident that Scottish FOI(S)A practitioners will find this course invaluable in acquiring a greater understanding of all aspects of information rights legislation which impacts on Scotland. In particular the practical elements of the course will improve delegates’ ability to deal with the increasingly complex information requests received by Scottish public authorities.”
The course runs over four days followed by online sessions and an exam. Candidates also have to submit two practical case studies. In drafting the course syllabus we have consulted the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner and taken account of their comments and suggestions. We also have an independent exam board (chaired by Professor Dunion) consisting of FOI(S)A practitioners and renowned experts.
We are confident that the Act Now Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information (Scotland) will soon become the qualification of choice for FOI(S)A practitioners in Scotland.
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