Awarding Partner: Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)



Global Certified Management Accountant (GCMA) is our key qualification in accountancy.

GCMA is awarded by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). SQA is sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate. SQA helps people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications.

SQA work with organisations such as IQN to develop and deliver our qualifications and assessments. Around 15,000 teaching professionals and industry specialists support SQA operations annually, helping to ensure that SQA qualifications accurately reflect learners’ knowledge and skills and provide routes to jobs or further study.

SQA also awards a range of other qualifications, including customised awards to meet the needs of individual companies and organisations. ‘GCMA’ qualification have been approved by SQA as customised award.

SQA has two main roles: accreditation, and awarding qualifications. In UK, SQA accredits qualifications other than degrees. SQA approves, and quality assures awarding bodies that plan to enter people for these qualifications.

As awarding body, SQA
• validates qualifications such as GCMA (makes sure the qualification is well written and meet the needs of learners and tutors)
• reviews ‘GCMA’ to ensure the qualification is up to date
• reviews and externally verifies the exams of people taking GCMA qualification
• quality-assures GCMA qualifications and IQN which offers SQA customised awards
• issues certificates to candidates who have passed GCMA exams

Assessment Partner: Pearson VUE



Pearson VUE is the global testing partner of IQN. Each year millions of people around the world take an exam with Pearson VUE. Including IQN, about 450 credential owners across the globe choose Pearson VUE to help develop, manage, deliver and grow their testing programs.

Definitively measuring a candidates’ competency or fitness requires the best people, processes and technology working together at the highest level. Computer-based testing, however, is a complicated business. Pearson VUE PhD psychometricians, solution architects, technologists and security experts –true industry leaders–are continuously innovating to improve systems and processes. Pearson VUE team support IQN in content development, program management, test center operations and candidate services.

IQN is committed to exam delivery that is secure, professional and convenient. Our students deserve a test taking environment that is quiet and distraction free. Based on coverage and security requirements of IQN qualifications, Pearson VUE has implemented the testing environments, technology and processes to administer IQN exam effectively and help our students perform their best.

Pearson VUE’s Integrated Platform allows IQN to successfully deliver exams in the network of test centers that safeguards IQN exam while providing IQN students a professional testing experience. Our global footprint developed through Pearson VUE allows candidates the flexibility to take IQN exam at a place and time convenient to them.

To effectively and professionally deliver on-site, on-demand IQN exams, the 5,000 independently-owned and -operated Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers undergo a rigorous technology and procedural approval process. Automated candidate check-in, supervised by certified Test Administrators directed by Pearson VUE’s Enhanced Security Protocols, makes the testing experience the right choice for IQN qualifications.