Assessor Qualifications

What will an Assessor’s Qualification give me?

It enables you to assess candidates in the workplace, in your area of competence – you will need to demonstrate that you are skilled in this area to the awarding body.

Assessors are part of the network of professionals that support the British workforce in their ‘Life-long learning’, helping to develop individuals is challenging and rewarding! You may work as part of a team delivering National Occupational Standards, or within your organisation’s quality control systems.

What are National Occupational Standards?

These are work-related, competence-based qualifications. They reflect the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and show that a candidate is competent in the area of work the framework represents.
They are based on national occupational standards. These standards are statements of performance that describe what competent people in a particular occupation are expected to be able to do.

They cover all the main aspects of an occupation, including current best practice, the ability to adapt to future requirements and the knowledge and understanding that underpin competent performance.

How are National Occupational Standards Achieved?

Through assessment and training. Assessment is normally through
on-the-job observation and questioning. Candidates produce evidence to prove they have the competence to meet the standards.

Assessors sign off units when the candidates are ready. The assessor tests candidates’ knowledge, understanding and work-based performance to make sure they can demonstrate competence in the workplace.

Candidates compare their performance with the standards as they learn. They look at what they have achieved, how much they still need to do and how they should go about it, until they are assessed as competent for a unit or a whole Qualification. The system is right for candidates who already have skills and want to increase them, but also for those who are starting from the beginning. As the system is so flexible, new ways of learning can be used immediately.

Available Assessor Qualifications

Level 3 Award – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Credits available: 3
Course cost: £300+VA

Unit 301 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (3 Credits)

A knowledge-only award for those who need to know about assessment but who are not currently practicing (e.g. aspiring assessors).

Level 3 Award – Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Credits available: 9
Course cost: £600+VA

  • Unit 301 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (3 Credits)
  • Unit 302 – Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment (6 Credits)

This unit assesses a candidate assessor’s competence in assessing the occupational competence of others. Primary evidence for the learning outcomes and assessment criteria must come from the candidate assessor assessing two real learners on two occasions in a real work environment against standards/criteria that are approved by the organisation. These standards/criteria may include national occupational standards, components of qualifications or in-house standards.

For practitioners who assess the achievement of competence in a work environment using the following methods: observation, examining work products, oral questioning and discussion, use of others e.g. witnesses, learner statements and RPL.

Level 3 Award – Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement

Credits available: 9
Course cost: £600+VA

  • Unit 301 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (3 Credits)
  • Unit 303 – Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding (6 Credits)

For practitioners who assess achievement in vocationally-related situations e.g. classrooms or workshops and who use the following assessment methods: assessments in simulated environments, skills tests, oral and written questions, assignments, projects, case studies and RPL Primary evidence for the learning outcomes and assessment criteria must come from the candidate assessor assessing two real learners on two occasions against standards/criteria that are approved by the organisation.

These standards/criteria may include components of qualifications or in-house training requirements.
Each assessment must be a substantial but realistic and manageable piece of a learner’s work.

Level 3 Certificate – Assessing Vocational Achievement

Credits available: 15
Course cost: £950+VA

  • Unit 301 Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (3 Credits)
  • Unit 302 Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment (6 Credits)
  • Unit 303 Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding (6 Credits)

For practitioners who need to be qualified to use ALL of the above listed assessment methods.

Please note: Learners can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan through Student Finance England to cover the cost of this course. For more information, visit gov.uk or speak to Total People.

Level 3 Assessor Qualification

In order to achieve this qualification you will need to;

  • Attend Training Day/s, to learn the skills and knowledge required to be an Assessor. 1 day – approximately 6 hours – to achieve Unit 301,
  • Then further training complete the learning required for units 302 and 303.
  • Attend regular standardisation meetings, to ensure that you are working in the same way and at the same level as other assessors in your organisation or work area.
  • Be able to provide a person who checks the quality of your decisions, this may be a manager or expert colleague.
  • You will need access to a minimum of two individuals to assess against a standard. This standard must be substantial and realistic.
  • You will be supported in the workplace by your own designated assessor.

As part of the qualification, and to ensure the quality of what we deliver, there will be a requirement for support from one of Total People’s vocational sectors. Your Assessor for this qualification may not have the vocational knowledge in your work area to support and advise you on working with your learners – so this is done by an experienced Assessor and Quality Assurer who are skilled in your particular type of work, for example, engineering. This support will have to be agreed with the sector, and cannot be guaranteed.

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