The Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB) is the certificating body for a range of qualifications offered jointly by The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming, The Tri Service Cadet Centre,  The National Piping Centre, The Piobaireachd Society and The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA).  Qualifications are currently available in Piping, in Pipe Band Drumming and in teaching these instruments.

The PDQB qualifications in Scottish Bagpipes and Scottish Pipe Band Drumming, which are validated and certificated jointly by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and PDQB, are available nationally and internationally through 4 PDQB Examinations Centres. Contact with the PDQB can be made through one of the approved Examination Centres.

The PDQB comprises two nominated representatives of each of the 4 partner organisations and its objectives are to:

  • set standards for a unified qualifications structure for playing, teaching and assessing the Great Highland Bagpipe, Pipe Band Drumming, Pipe Bands and Drum Majors;

  • jointly design, develop, quality assure, assess and certificate qualifications in the unified structure;

  • approve centres for awarding qualifications in the unified structure;

  • liaise with the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding national accreditation of some of relevant PDQB qualifications and alignment to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF); and

  • approve PDQB Assessors nationally and internationally.

    For more information on each of the member centres, please click on the centre emblems above.