The Open Badges Scheme for PAs

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Personal Assistants can access free learning through the Open Badge scheme.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and many other social service organisations offer Open Badges to support ongoing learning and evidence of professional development in your role. Open Badges are digital certificates that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and achievements gained by completing courses and passing the assessments.

How can I apply for an Open Badge?

To get started with Open Badges offered by the SSSC click here to create an Open Badge account (you will need your own email address to do this).

To view all Open Badges available click here. These are available to anyone who completes the training.

It is recommended that you begin by completing two introductory Badges to help you become familiar with the type of reflective evidence that is required to achieve Open Badges. To access these two introductory Badges click on the following links:

There are number of areas of training available for PAs that may be useful in your day-to-day work or specific to the needs of the person that you provide assistance.

The following links give examples of Open Badges that may be a good starting point to support your role as a PA:

Each Badge includes the description of the achievement and the evidence to support the badge award.

What are the benefits of doing Open Badges?

  • Completing Open Badges may help with career progression
  • Open Badges can back up what you say on your CV, application form or at a job interview
  • You can share them on employability websites such as LinkedIn
  • You own your Open Badges, and they won’t disappear if you change jobs
  • You can work at your own pace.

Next steps:

Visit the SSSC – Getting Started – What you need to know about Open Badges webpage for more information.

Your employer may have a budget to enable you to take paid time off to complete training like Open Badges. Ask your employer if they can support you with this.

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Last Updated
26 January 2024
First Published
21 April 2022
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