I've been working on criteria for selecting and de-selecting External Verifiers today.
Appointing EVs has traditionally been at the discretion of the Qualifications Manager (i.e. me) but I've never been comfortable with the subjectivity of the system. The current system also makes it difficult to "break into" the EV team since new people are put on a reserve list.
Becoming an EV is fantastic CPD. You get the opportunity to visit centres throughout Scotland (and sometimes further afield) and it gives you a unique insight into national standards, which can be used in your own centre to ensure national standards are being met. It's also good for your CV!
So I hope that a more transparent system of EV selection and deselection will give more people the opportunity to benefit from being a Verifier. If you want to know more about becoming an EV contact Allison Paterson.