Why is BASI aligning its qualifications with the SCQF?

·  To assist people of all ages and circumstances to access appropriate education and training over their lifetime to fulfil their personal, social and economic potential

·  To enable employers, learners and the public in general to understand the full range of qualifications, how they relate to each other and how different types of qualifications can contribute to improving the skills of the work force

What does this alignment bring in the way of advantages to organisations and individuals?

Effects on BASI

·  More impact on government related bodies

·  Stability of qualification

·  Credibility and recognition of BASI qualifications both within National government quangos, European and International organisations and forums of qualification awarding bodies

·  Further development of qualifications through academic process of empirical evidence

Effects on Members 

·  Members with no other qualifications have crossover opportunities to other careers, and recognition to access government structures such as schools to offer their services, given these outcome competences

·  Those who have passed Levels 1 and 2 within the last 5 years will gain automatic recognition on the SCQF through the refresher process, as the outcome competences and standards are deemed not to have changed in format for this period. Members who qualified before this date will have a process of completing a portfolio of evidence of their Prior Learning (Accreditable Prior Learning – APL). This will be developed with the Credit Rating Body once all the qualifications have been aligned to the SCQF, circa 2017.

Partnership advantages with and for the University performing the Credit Rating Body role for BASI as the third party

·  Ease of access to snowsports industry experts 

·  Improved academic and practical information sharing through the interaction of international forums within the industry (e.g. IVSS etc.)

·  Future opportunity for international exchanges between student snowsport instructors

·  Empirical evidence gained directly from the stakeholders within the industry

·  Transfer of empirical evidence to education programmes for course development

Specific areas commonly evaluated in the process of aligning the qualifications

·  Knowledge and understanding

·  Practice; applying the knowledge and understanding

·  Generic cognitive skills, such as evaluation or analysis

·  Communication, ICT and numeracy

·  Autonomy, accountability, and working with others 

More information on the equivalence of SCQF levels awarded for BASI qualifications can be found here