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CLD Standards Council

The Standards Council for Community Learning and Development for Scotland is the body responsible for the registration of CLD practitioners, the approval of training courses and the continual professional development of the sector workforce. For more information please visit the CLD Standards Council website 

CLD Competencies

It is helpful to refer to the CLD competencies. These explain the skills of a competent CLD practitioner. This work supports social change and social justice and is based on the values of CLD. You can find out more on the CLD Standards Council website, but here is a list of the competencies with a short explanation to get you started:

  • Know and understand the community in which we work

  • Build and maintain relationships with individuals and groups

  • Provide Learning opportunities in a range of contexts

  • Facilitate and promote community empowerment

  • Organise and manage resources

  • Develop and support collaborative working

  • Evaluate and inform practice

CLD Code of Ethics

CLD is a values based profession. The values of the work are widely agreed and the CLD competencies provide a framework for practice.

How we practice needs to be directly informed by why we are doing it - the CLD Code of Ethics provides the means for us to make this connection. 


Coming Soon: CLD Members Regional Meeting

Mark Langdon from CLD Standards Council will be visiting the Highlands on Monday 29th June to come and meet local CLD workers. If you work in Community Development and Learning you will be welcome at the event. Come and meet other CLD practitioners working in the region and make connections which will enable you to improve your practice. Mark will be talking about 'Getting to know the Community where you work' and finding out about how the CLD Standards Council can help CLD workers in the region. Come along and be a part of the conversation. If you want to book a place please contact us at or ring us on 01349 865186

See My CLD

 #SeeMyCLD: A Celebration of CLD was an event which took place at Ironworks in Inverness on March 20th 2015. The event brought together workers, volunteers and service users from Third and Voluntary Sector organisations to celebrate and share good practice.

Local groups ran workshops, taster sessions, games and activities. National Speakers from CLD Standards Council, Scottish Community Development Centre and Youth Scotland came to talk about how National CLD Regulations impact on local delivery and inspired community based workers to be part of the conversation about the local CLD Plan. The day ended with a panel discussion which gave local people the opportunity to ask questions about the local implementation of Scottish Government CLD Regulations. 

The event was organised by Youth Highland in partnership with Highland Third Sector Interface and RCOP Highland. 

CLD Toolkit

As part of the #SeeMyCLD project Youth Highland worked with a group of young people to create a CLD Pocket Toolkit. The pocket sized leaflet gives information about the 7 CLD competencies:

  • Know and understand the community you work in
  • Build and maintain relationships in a range of contexts
  • Provide learning and development opportunities in a range of contexts
  • Facilitate and promote community empowerment
  • Organise and manage resources
  • Develop and support collaborative working
  • Evaluate and Inform practice

If you would like a copy of the Toolkit please contact us at

CLD Standards Council Membership

Are you a youth worker or volunteer working with young people? Have you signed up for FREE membership at CLD Standards Council? To find out more go to and sign up. Membership allows you to find out more about National developments in CLD as well as enables you to be part of a National network of CLD workers. Be part of the conversation and share good practice.



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