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SP=EED® is our practical guide to undertaking effective community engagement in planning. It is referred to in the Scottish Government Planning Advice Note 3/2010 as a benchmarking tool for community engagement.

PAS also offers SP=EED Verification – a training programme in engagement skills which we run twice a year. This can also be commissioned on an organisational basis.

Strong community engagement skills are a key requirement for planners and those working in related fields. The current planning reform process being led by the Scottish Government emphasises the importance of achieving early and effective engagement with communities and other stakeholders.

The SP=EED approach provides a clear and practical framework for carrying out engagement projects. It sets out 3 levels of engagement (Informing, Consulting and Partnership) and 8 criteria by which engagement projects can be designed, carried out and assessed.

Would you like to be recognised for your skills in community engagement?

SP=EED Verification is a two-part programme offered by PAS which verifies an individual’s competence in using the SP=EED approach.

Key benefits of undertaking SP=EED Verification:

  • develop a greater understanding of SP=EED and its practical application
  • deeper understanding of the range of skills required for effective engagement including interpersonal and “softer” skills
  • encourages the use of a range of creative and effective engagement tools to suit different scenarios
  • offers individuals the opportunity to have their engagement methods verified by independent planning and engagement professionals

There are two parts to SP=EED Verification:
Part 1:
Understanding SP=EED
A 3.5 hour interactive workshop facilitated by our SP=EED Verification Trainers.

Part 2: Putting SP=EED into practice:
A written reflective-learning submission based on an engagement process which has utilised SP=EED principles. This will be verified by an independent planning and engagement professional and by PAS.

What happens once I become SP=EED Verified?

  • You become part of a ‘SP=EED Aware’ Network
  • Opportunity for you or your organisation to advertise you as SP=EED verified

Our upcoming Part 1 event will take place on:


    Glasgow – Thursday 20 September 2018 (5.30 pm – 9 pm)


    Edinburgh – Thursday 31 January 2019
    Glasgow – Thursday 26 September 2019 (5.30 pm – 9 pm)

£250 per person (Parts 1 and 2)

How to register

To register for SP=EED Verification please complete the Application Form or for general enquiries please e-mail

To discuss a dedicated training event on an organisational basis please just get in to with us.

“Gaining SP=EED Verification has been really useful to enhancing the quality of my community engagement work with communities on planning issues. The training provided lots of fresh ideas and a good explanation of the SP=EED process. The materials provided were very comprehensive and invaluable to completing my project.”

“Very relevant to my profession in private sector planning – highlighted the SP=EED principles we currently adopt and additional ideas to incorporate into our strategies.”

“As a recent graduate I believe SP=EED Verification training has given me the edge to step out as a planner to interact with people and incorporate their views in the planning process.”

“We do a lot of community engagement so it was very relevant and interesting to discuss and share experiences.”

“Extremely useful for any profession which involves both built environment and people’s opinions.”

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