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Practitioner Certificate in FOISA
A practical qualification for those that work with Freedom of Information and the Environmental Information Regulations in Scotland.

"I commend Act Now for their investment in FOI in Scotland." FR, NHS Education for Scotland

The Act Now Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information (Scotland) is designed for FOISA practitioners in the public sector as well as solicitors, auditors and others with a role dealing with FOISA and EI(S)R requests, advising on information or records management issues, and anyone else who has responsibility for managing and dealing with public sector information requests.

"Excellent course. Well designed, presented and delivered. Must for anyone involved with FOISA." AG, Scottish Prison Service

The course is endorsed by the Centre for FOI. Professor Kevin Dunion is Executive Director of the Centre. He was previously the Scottish Information Commissioner.

"Excellent course, well structured and delivered." JW, St Andrews University

The course takes place over four days (one day per week) and involves lectures, assessments and exercises. This is followed by some online sessions and a written exam. Candidates are then required to complete a project to achieve the certificate.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate that they possess a good knowledge of Freedom of Information and other information laws as they apply in Scotland, as well as an understanding of the practical implications for their organisation.

"The tutor was excellent. His knowledge of the subject was vast and impressive. I learned a lot." JM, Fife Council

Our course personnel consist of Ibrahim Hasan, Paul Simpkins and Frank Rankin. All are very well known trainers and writers in information law. All have:

  • extensive experience of training in Scotland and know the issues facing the Scottish public sector; and
  • been examiners (and are currently trainers) for the BCS certificated courses in Data Protection and Freedom of Information.
Act Now was the first company to offer the ISEB FOI qualification in Edinburgh (no longer offered by ISEB) where we achieved a 100% pass rate.

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Course Fee - £1,650 plus vat

This is inclusive of lunch, refreshments, comprehensive delegate materials (including all legislation) and all exam fees.

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