Practitioner Certificate in Scottish Freedom of Information

3 days face-to-face or 5 half days online

Level - Advanced/Practitioner

The course is designed to support colleagues working with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004. Assessment is through a submission of a portfolio of work-based evidence. Download course information. 

Online courses in 2022

  • February 14, 15, 16, 21 & 22
  • May 3, 4, 6, 10, & 11

All sessions 0930-1300, delivered through Cisco Webex by Frank Rankin 

Cost - £1,050 + VAT per participant

Course fee includes printed course materials and support during the submission and assessment of the portfolio. Completion of the course and of the portfolio is recognised by the FYI badges of achievement scheme. 

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 create a range of obligations for Scottish public authorities.

This course looks in-depth at the statutory requirements and the practicalities of meeting them.

We will look at the mechanics of handling requests efficiently and appropriately, the management of proactive transparency, and the application of exemptions where necessary. 

This course is specifically designed to support colleagues to develop the skills and knowledge to be effective and confident in managing the Freedom of Information function in a Scottish public authority. The course is suitable for FOI leads and their assistants, Information Governance managers and officers, and Internal Review officers.

On successful completion of a portfolio of work-based evidence, delegates will receive a Practitioner Certificate in Scottish Freedom of Information.


Course Content


FOI in Scotland in context

The policy drivers behind FOI. The legislation: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004. The powers of the Scottish Information Commissioner. 

Key concepts and definitions and understanding what information is in scope of the legislation.


Proactive transparency and information management

Managing publication schemes, disclosure logs and proactive publication. Records management under the FOISA s61 Code of Practice. Complying with the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations.


Handling requests

Validity of requests. Tracking, monitoring and managing the process. Providing advice and assistance. Repeat, vexatious and manifestly unreasonable requests. Timescales, cost limits and fees. The information search. Content of responses. Internal review processes. 



Exemptions and exceptions

Understanding and appropriately applying the range of exemptions and exceptions available under FOISA and EISR. Identifying substantial prejudice. Conducting the public interest test. Describing exemptions in responses.


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