A Qualified Assessor – A Helpful Guide

A Qualified Assessor – A Helpful Guide

Qualified Assessor

This profession is otherwise known as Qualifications and Credit Framework (QFC) Assessor or National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Assessor but in a more general manner, the term “Training Assessor” is used. The qualifications needed to become a Qualified assessor are as follows:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement 
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment 
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally-Related Achievement 

However, before we get into the qualifications, let’s answer the question that most people have about the Qualified Assessors. 

What is a Qualified Assessor?

A Training assessor is the person that facilitates achievements and growth for a trainee in the NVQ or QFC. An Assessor helps evaluate the trainee’s growth and provides a way of improvement and advice on future career goals. The Assessors main job is to observe and do an assessment of the participant’s level and learning, before offering advice on improvement. 

The Qualifications available for the Career path of a Qualified Assessor:

To pursue the path of a Qualified Assessor in the fields of Assessment of Achievement, you need at least a level 3 qualification. In total you can pick one of the three qualifications given below.

  1. The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement 

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is the best option in these three qualifications. It deals with the achievement of goals and the progress of the participant. They provide a detailed assessment on if the participant should pursue the goal and if there is something better that is suited for them.

  • Unit 1 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (3 Credits)

The Unit of Understanding Principles and Practices of Assessment is not a small ground area to cover. The unit has 8 sub units that are further divided into multiple subdivisions. However, let’s talk about the 8 sub-units in this guide:

  • Understanding the principles and other requirements of assessment
  • Understanding different types of assessment and methods of assessments
  • Understand how to plan assessment according to the type
  • Understand how to involve learners and others in assessment
  • Understand how to make assessment decisions
  • Self-role in contribution to the quality assurance of assessment
  • Understanding of management of occupational competence Information
  • Unit 2 – Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding (6 Credits)

This Unit is all about enhancing the performance and understanding of the role as a Vocational assessor and improving skills to help with assessment of vocational achievement. You carry out different types of assessments, from different assessments in a challenging environment to oral and written tests, this unit prepares you for the core of the job as an assessor. 

  • Ability to prepare assessments according to the Vocational Skills, Understanding and Knowledge of the Participant.
  • Be able to carry out assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Compile and provide required information after the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • During Assessment of Vocational Skills, Understanding and Knowledge, Maintain legal and appropriate practice. 
  • Unit 3 – Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment (6 Credits)

In this unit you become more hands-on as you learn and experience the assessment in the workplace and understand the interaction with the learner, get their perspective and use the people around as witnesses and using different opinions for the vocational assessment. 

  • Ability to plan the assessment of occupational competence.
  • Ability to make decisions regarding the Occupational Competence
  • Ability to gather and showcase information regarding the assessment of occupational competence
  • Maintain Legal and Trustworthy practice during the assessment of Occupational Competence. 
  1. Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment 

This award is basically the same as previous but with only slightly less knowledge on the matter, it is not lacking. The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in Work environment is focused on work environment alone and competence at work. The assessment gathers information about performance at the workplace and check which part the learner is better suited for. 

For this Award you only need to learn the first and the second Units from the Assessment of Vocational Achievement:

  • Unit 1 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment 

This Award is based solely on the work environment so the basics still apply, hence the first unit it mandatory as it is the basic of assessments. 

  • Recognize the principles & necessities of assessment
  • Knowledge of different methods of Assessments
  • Planning Assessments
  • Involvement of the Learners in the Assessments 
  • Ability to make decisions based on Assessment 
  • Recognize self-role in results of the given assessment
  • Ability of management of Information regarding assessment of occupational competence
  • Requirements of Legal and reliable practices in Assessment
  • Unit 2 – Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding 

The work place and environment assessment deems necessary that the learner skills and knowledge can be evaluated in Simulating conditions and environments, the ability to remain constant is deemed good. 

  • Preparation of Assessment for evaluation of Vocational Skills, Understanding and Knowledge of the Participant.
  • Be able to carry out assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Compile and provide required information after the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • During Assessment of Vocational Skills, Understanding and Knowledge, Maintain legal and appropriate practice. 
  1. Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally-Related Achievement 

In the Level 3 Award for assessment of Vocationally-Related Achievements, the assessments are more focused on the Competence regarding Occupation, this is why the certificate only requires two units. The first and the third unit from the Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocational Achievement. 

  • Unit 3 – Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment 
  • Ability of Planning Assessment based on Occupational Competence
  • Responsibility of making assessment decisions about occupational competence
  • Ability to provide required information following the assessment of occupational competence
  • Ability to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing occupational competence

According to Qualified Assessors UK, it is important to understand that the first Qualification is the ideal, you have a larger field to work in and the scope is wider than the rest of the two that are specified.