Everyone registered with the SSSC has to meet post registration training and learning (PRTL) requirements. Writing about your training and submitting your form to us makes sure you continue to be suitable for registration.
What is PRTL and why is it important?
PRTL is about ongoing learning and development. It is important because it requires you to take responsibility for your own learning and development.
Carrying out PRTL helps to maintain and develop effective knowledge, skills and values that you can use to inform good practice when working with children and their families.
How much do I need to do and in what timescale?
The amount of time depends on what part of the Register you are on. You can find out the amount of PRTL you need to complete on the ‘who should apply to register’ section of our website.
What kind of training and learning activity can I carry out?
The type of acceptable activity is deliberately general because it is recognised that there is a variety of ways for registered workers to continue to learn and develop. Training and learning does not have to be formally certified.
PRTL activities can include:
- training – SVQ units, courses such as child/adult protection and first aid.
- reading – books, Scottish Government policy information, journal articles, newspapers, online publications.
- job shadowing – another member of staff in your own organisation or another organisation.
- independent research – as part of a qualification or in order to further develop an area of your practice.
- mentoring – another worker going through a qualification, a student within your setting.
How do I write about PRTL?
There is a form on our website that you should use to record all your PRTL training and learning.
You can also keep a record of your PRTL online through MySSSC.
After saying what PRTL activity you did and when you did it, you’ll need to write about what you learned, how this learning has contributed to your professional development and informed your practice. Some registrants have found it helps to use anonymous examples from their practice to do this.
You can see examples of completed PRTL records on our website:
How much do I need to write?
There is no set amount and the quality is more important than the quantity. The important thing is to make sure that you have met the time requirement and have said what you have learned and how you have used that learning.
Where to find out more…
If you have any further questions about PRTL please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 60 30 891.