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What has replaced the A1 qualification for Assessors?

In 2012 the A1 qualification for Assessors was replaced with 4 new qualifications.  Details are here.

Of the 4 new qualifications, the Level 3 ‘Certificate’ is the higher qualification, broadly equivalent to the old A1.  It is made up of the following 3 units:

  • Unit 1: Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  • Unit 2: Assess occupational competence in the work environment
  • Unit 3: Assess vocational skills, knowledge & understanding

The 4 Assessor qualifications together with new qualifications for Internal Quality Assurers (formerly V1), External Verifiers and Trainers form a family of qualifications commonly referred to as TAQA (Trainers, Assessors & Quality Assurers) qualifications.

What are the main differences between the A1 and the new Level 3 Assessor Certificate?

  • There is a stronger knowledge base than previously and this is evidenced by the mandatory knowledge unit.
  • The qualification has been written to fit into a national framework for qualifications and so is credit valued and has a level.  (The national framework was called the Qualifications Credits Framework (QCF) but has since been renamed the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)).
  • It is open to anyone who is carrying out assessments – not just for those working with NVQs as previously.
  • It covers assessment practice in both training environments (classrooms, workshops and virtual learning environments) and the workplace.

Is my A1 qualification still valid?

Yes, the A1 (and the D32/33) remain valid so long as you can prove that you are current and knowledgeable about the new Standards.  It is recommended that you keep a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) file containing a record of how you have kept up-to-date as this may be required by prospective employers.  If you haven’t been working as an Assessor since 2012, you may wish to undertake some refresher training to update your skills against the new standards.