GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Professional Update in the College Sector

Professional Update provides a significant opportunity to represent the interest of lecturers in Scotland's colleges in terms of offering a teacher-led model of high quality professional learning.

Following a two year pilot of Professional Update with College Lecturers, the college national roll out of Professional Update began in August 2016.

This means that College Lecturers who are Fully Registered with us should, in order to maintain their full registration, ensure that they engage in the Professional Update process which includes the following elements:

  • On an ongoing basis:    
    Self-evaluation against the appropriate GTCS
    Engagement in ongoing Professional Learning
    Maintaining a reflective professional learning record and associated evidence of impact   
    Engagement in the Professional Review and Development process    
  • On an annual basis: updating your details held on the GTCS register including checking your personal and employment details are up to date
  • On a 5-yearly basis: signing off to confirm engagement in the process with GTCS (individual and line manager)

It is important that you keep your personal details including your employer details updated with us. This is a requirement of Professional Update. Please log in to your MyGTCS account and update your employer details.

If you are working in a college, you will receive further information from your employer about the systems in place to enable recording of professional learning, and college guidance will explain how to complete the Professional Update sign-off process. Some of this guidance is not yet available in colleges, however, many have been validated for Professional Update and others are in the process. Please check with your college HR department if you are unsure. We are currently working with colleges across Scotland to validate their PRD systems for Professional Update.

If you have a query regarding PU, you can get more information by contacting:


For further information about Professional Update, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000