Update on Auditing

01 April 2022

SER's Audit Procedures have been revised with the agreement of the Scottish Government's Building Standards Division to incorporate learning from the remote monitoring process as well as to allow for on-going restrictions and changes to ways of working resulting from the pandemic. In addition, a full review of the procedures and appendices has been undertaken to incorporate feedback and resulting changes required since the last version was published in 2016.

CPD Activity Notepad (CPD return advice part 1 of 4)

16 December 2021

This is the first in a series of CPD-related blogs, with each focusing on a specific section of the SER CPD return process. It provides information on the principles behind the activity notepad, why we recommend you use it, and advice to help you avoid issues that some Certifiers have found with it when completing their SER CPD return.

Importing CPD Notepad and Uploading IStructE & ICE returns (CPD return advice part 2 of 4)

16 December 2021

The window for completing SER CPD returns for 2021 opens on 1st January 2022. All Approved Certifiers who became members of the Scheme before 1st July 2021 are required to submit a CPD return for the 2021 calendar year. This blog covers importing activities from the CPD Notepad and uploading your IStructE & ICE returns as part of your SER return.

SER CPD: Review, Activities and Intentions (CPD return advice part 3 of 4)

16 December 2021

This is the penultimate part in our series of blogs designed to help you complete your SER CPD return with the minimum of difficulty. This blog contains information relating to the main page of the SER CPD return process: Review, Activities and Intentions.

Step-by-step guide to completing your CPD return (CPD return advice part 4 of 4)

16 December 2021

This blog provides a quick step by step guide to completing a satisfactory SER CPD return. If you don't have time to look at anything else, check this blog!

Approved Body documentation changes

07 November 2021

When we advised you of the changes resulting from SER's re-appointment as a Scheme Provider we noted that there was considerable focus on the role of Approved Bodies during that process and that as part of this Approved Bodies will now be required to upload copies of their PI insurance certificate and Complaints Procedure to their records on the SER website.

Changes to Approved Certifier renewal process

07 November 2021

As part of the changes introduced during the recent website upgrade following the reappointment to run the Scheme for the certification of the design of building structures in Scotland, the categories and options in the Experience, Expertise and Scope of Design Experience sections of Approved Certifier's records have been reviewed and updated.

Relationship between Approved Bodies and Approved Certifiers - Information for Approved Bodies

12 October 2021

We have made changes to the functionality which defines the relationship between Approved Bodies and the Approved Certifiers who generate certificates for them. This article provides guidance for Approved Bodies.

Relationship between Approved Bodies and Approved Certifiers - Information for Approved Certifiers

12 October 2021

We have made changes to the functionality which defines the relationship between Approved Bodies and the Approved Certifiers who generate certificates for them. This article provides guidance for Approved Certifiers.

Guidance on signing certificates electronically

01 October 2021

How to sign certificates electronically