Dublin-based international certification solutions provider Q-Validus has announced a formal relationship with the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The two firms will now combine their expertise to enhance two groundbreaking Q-Validus programmes.

Spreadsheetsafe is a programme that assists businesses in reducing the risks associated with poor spreadsheet design, while Computer Wings is a computer skills training and certification programme.

Q-Validus, which is based at NovaUCD the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre in UCD, only began operating in 2007.

The SQA, meanwhile, is the national accreditation and awarding body in Scotland which is sponsored by the Scottish government.

Commenting on the development, David Carpenter, CEO of Q-Validus, said: 'This recognition by SQA is a significant endorsement for the programmes and ensures that they meet with best practice standards.'