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Assessor Courses

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

ATDirect offers fast-track Level 3 Assessor courses leading to the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement or ‘CAVA’ for short (formerly known as the A1).

The courses are ideal for busy people who need to be qualified and productive, fast.  We are very hard to beat in terms of quality and flexibility of training, and provide personal support throughout the process from registration through to certification.

The Level 3 Assessor Certificate is the nationally recognised qualification for Assessors working in any occupation, in both the public and private sector.  The qualification covers the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to assess others in both work and training environments using a range of assessment methods.


we offer in-house assessor courses, or you can study online or attend one of our regular, classroom-based courses in London, Birmingham or Manchester

In House Course at Ministry of Defence, UAE


For companies & organisations with groups of trainees

A 1-day Assessor course is delivered for two or more trainees at a time and place of your choosing anywhere in the United Kingdom.

£545+VAT per head for a group of 4

£595+VAT per head for a group of 3

£645+VAT per head for a group of 2

A one-off travel supplement of between £50 and £300 may apply depending on your company’s location – please enquire.

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For individuals or small groups looking for flexible/convenient training

Training is delivered online via email and integrated Skype/Zoom sessions and is both flexible and convenient.  The training is driven by your own timetable and can be broken up into bite-sized sessions to fit around busy home and work commitments.

£595+VAT per head

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Open courses for anybody looking to get qualified

These are classroom-based, 1-day Assessor courses in key locations around the UK, including London, Birmingham and Manchester. Training is in small groups and for people from any occupation.  Just pick a date and location and get in touch!

Upcoming dates:

To be confirmed

£595+VAT per head

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What Qualifications do I need to become an Assessor?

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is the nationally recognised qualification for anyone wanting to be an Assessor.  It is a generic qualification which covers all occupations.

Who is the Assessor Course aimed at?

The Assessor course is aimed at people who assess others in either work and/or training environments.  It covers how to plan, prepare, conduct and gather evidence for assessment using a range of assessment methods.

What are the Course Entry Requirements?

There are no entry or qualification requirements for the Assessor course.

We do, however, recommend that the online training route is best-suited to people with some experience of assessment.

What is the structure of this qualification?

The Level 3 Assessor Certificate comprises 3 units of competence:

  1. Understand principles and practice
  2. Assess occupational competence in the work environment
  3. Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

All 3 units are mandatory.

What do I have to do to get qualified?

  • 1-day training course
  • 4 practical assessments – the first assessment takes place on the training course day.
  • Gather evidence for your Portfolio of Evidence (with our personal support as required).

How is the Course Assessed?

You are assessed on the basis of a Portfolio of Evidence.  You will be allocated an Assessor who will support you through the process of gathering evidence for your portfolio.

How Long Does it Take to Get Qualified?

If getting qualified is a priority for you, it is possible to be certificated 3 weeks after you’ve completed the 1-day training course.

Who Awards the Certificates?

Your certificate is awarded by NCFE, a nationally-recognised Awarding Body for the Assessor, IQA and Trainer qualifications.

What does the course cost include?

The cost includes all pre-course preparation and materials, training, Awarding Body (NCFE) registration fee, Centre admin fee, portfolio, personal on-going support & guidance through to qualification, and certification.

Do you offer flexible payment terms?

Yes, we offer flexible payments terms.  Visit here for details.

Are there other Assessor Qualifications?

There are 3 other Assessor qualifications:

  1.  A theory-only qualification
  2. A 2-unit award which covers assessing in a work environment only
  3. A 2-unit award which covers assessing in a training environment only

We recommend the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (the 3-unit qualification) because it covers all of the above and will equip you to assess in different environments using a wide range of assessment methods.  However, if you wish to pursue one of the above, please contact us for further details.

For more about the Assessor Qualifications visit here.


  "A very learner-friendly environment with adequate opportunity to discuss any questions that arose during the course.  No stress at all.  Outstanding, very supportive and encouraging trainer, plenty of training material, well-organised session, the trainer cruised us through the course smoothly, making every step clear with plenty of discussion.  I feel satisfied."

Manoj Gautam
Self-employed, Health & Social Care Sector
Rating: 5

  "Kevin of ATDirect ran an incredibly engaging and useful CPD session for my team of in-house SGN technical trainers and I. We are a group of just over a dozen occupational assessors and amongst our ranks we have IQAs who manage various Gas Industry related NVQ schemes. It had been a while since my team and I had any assessing and IQA CPD and the session Kevin ran hit…read more

Paul Lewis
Rating: 5

  "Thanks to the ATDirect team for all the support provided during the course. The professional attitude of the team helped me a lot, and the receptivity with which I was given answers to the questions that appeared along the way, proves the provision of high quality services. Thank you very much and I recommend with confidence!"

Steliana Babara
Electrical/Construction Sector
Rating: 5

  "Kevin and ATDirect have been an absolute joy to work with. I have recently completed my Level 3 Assessors Certificate and they have been so supportive and flexible to enable me to fit things around a busy work diary. Really easy to work with and very knowledgable. Highly recommend."

Louise Willis-Keeler
Rating: 5

  "Excellent informative course, friendly helpful tutor, small group, easy portfolio completion.  Would recommend to anyone wanting to do the Assessor or IQA course.  One of the best courses I have been on."

Lyn Hickey
Self-Employed, Early Years Teacher
Rating: 5

  "ATDirect were absolutely fantastic in helping me to achieve my Level 3 CAVA.  Nothing was too much trouble and the course layout made the whole experience enjoyable.  I found completing my portfolio easy due to the guidance I had received throughout - this is really going to help in my further career.  Thanks!"

Robert Griffiths
St Lukes Hospice
Rating: 5

  "Swift identified very early on that the best assessors come from those directly in the sector, the ones with the current hands on experience. We then needed to find a company to train our trainers, this needed to be a company that was flexible and supportive, this is where we found Kevin and ATDirect. Over the last 7 years Swift has used the support of ATDirect to achieve several…read more

Jack Edwards, Academy Director
Swift Childcare
Rating: 5

  "When I completed the Assessor Certificate course I couldn't be happier.  On the day everything was explained to me thoroughly.  I learnt so much about the whole assessing process and all the different things involved.  After completing the day course I felt fully confident in completing the portfolio for me to gain my qualification.  It was so much easier than I thought.  I would more than recommend it to…read more

Rebecca Hughes
Blush Beauty Salon
Rating: 5

  "I thoroughly enjoyed training with ATDirect for their courtesy and efficiency throughout the whole course.  Information provided before and during my learning was always clear, relevant and well-presented.  My tutor supported me promptly with constructive feedback and encouragement.  I would highly recommend ATDirect to all aspiring Assessors."

Grazia Ferrante
EY Training and Consultancy
Rating: 5

  "ATDirect have been providing trainer and assessor qualifications for our staff for a number of years.  What we really appreciate is that they are fast, flexible and responsive, always listen to what we need and when, and deliver their training in straightforward language.  Our staff are all busy as operators, assessors and trainers, so ATDirect's approach suits us very well.  For anyone looking to do their assessor or trainer…read more

Travis Noblett, Development Director
Vortex Training Group
Rating: 5

  "I attended the Level 4 IQA course in London.  The training had a good pace and all candidates were encouraged to set targets for completion. I also thought the course material was well laid out.  I would recommend the course to friends and colleagues."

Steven Fenn
Thales Group
Rating: 4

  "Excellent experience with ATDirect from start to finish.  The course day was very informative and extremely helpful and the support continued til the end.  Fantastic, quick course, would 100% recommend."

Gemma Askey
Self-employed, Early Years Childcare
Rating: 5

  "My tutor delivered an excellent assessor training course.  He interacted with everyone and made sure we all fully understood the material presented.  The lunch he provided to us was great as well!  Overall, the course was excellent and I would 100% recommend ATDirect."

Mariama Njie
M&N Healthcare Training Ltd
Rating: 5

  "The Level 3 Assessor training course was arranged on my behalf and was excellent.  It was kept very informal and easy to understand with really good support throughout."  

Andrew Booth
Progress Rail
Rating: 5

  "Very informative and taught in a very relaxed and enjoyable way."

Edward Prior
Anti Graffiti Systems
Rating: 5

  "Our tutor had a great attitude towards teaching.  He kept a positive atmosphere and delivered the course smoothly."

Tom Watts
Nuffield Health
Rating: 5

  "I would like to thank ATDirect for their excellent training and support.  The friendliness and flexibility of my assessor/trainer was invaluable as he was able to fit in with my needs and requirements. I thoroughly enjoyed the training as it was very relaxed and extremely informative.  I was put at ease during the assessment which enabled me to complete an excellent one.  I completed my portfolio within a few…read more

Catrin Williams
Nursery Nurse
Rating: 5

  "The tutor had an excellent manner and was very approachable.  The course made me feel comfortable with the whole assessment process."

Chris Bligh
Cross Country Trains
Rating: 5

  "A big thanks to Steve, Kevin and all the staff at ATDirect Ltd. They made sure that my CAVA level 3 qualification was achieved in the shortest amount of time to fit in with my busy workload. A pleasure to work with and I can highly recommend."

Richard Bramfitt
Green Man Heating
Rating: 5

  "I decided to complete an Assessor course and came across ATDirect. The company were responsive, Kevin was a vault of knowledge and very supportive. Explained everything clearly. Can not recommend this company enough. Am looking forward to completing my next course with them."

Craig Bartlett
Sign Language Services
Rating: 5

  "I particularly liked the trainer's style, knowledge and skills, and the specific information given to me which is directly related to the skills I need to master."

Suzan Milly
AFAQ Leadership
Rating: 5

  "My company engaged ATDirect to deliver the Level 3 Assessor Certificate, to myself and several management and supervisory level colleagues.  The course prep materials and all communication before the day and after were excellent.  I felt we were well briefed and prepared for the start of the course. Our trainer made the day an enjoyable and effective learning experience.  The portfolio was well organised and easy to work through,…read more

Alan Stewart, Driver Team Manager
Northern Rail
Rating: 5

  "Brilliant company - ATDirect! I have recently completed my first online CAVA course with them and it was a good experience. Initially I was a bit nervous but my tutor Kevin has been so patient and understanding. He definitely knows his stuff and provides great support with communication throughout. Feedback given on either on assignments or on Assessment activities was always fair and balanced. This course not only built…read more

Charanjit Gill
Childcare Skills Tutor
Rating: 5

  “I have undertaken a number of qualifications with AT Direct Ltd around assessments and quality assurance processes whilst working for the NYA Academy and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Staff members were not only approachable and excellent communicators but they took time to understand my work setting within youth work training. This enabled me to engage with the courses in a much more bespoke way that embedded my…read more

Pete Crossley
National Youth Agency
Rating: 5

  "Very relaxed and informative.  ATDirect are very professional and well-informed about various industries which helped overall."

Martyn Horne
Arriva Trains
Rating: 5

  "I found the 1 day course very interesting.  Sometimes you think you know a thing or two about training, but then suddenly you realise and appreciate how you fit as an individual in the bigger scheme of things.  Seeing the wider picture and structure of the whole process, gives you a better understanding, and the insight to be able to apply yourself in training/assessment and above all strive to…read more

Richard Richmond, Director
ECS Gas Training North East
Rating: 5

  "The tutor was really supportive and had such a diverse group from different backgrounds but he really did engage everyone.  He had a great approach and a great balance of content and activity/discussion.  Excellent course.  Really enjoyed it!"

Rebecca Weston
Early Years, Wigan Council
Rating: 5

  "The course was well led taking into account individual learning styles of students.  Clear and precise response to questions.  I particularly liked the relaxed atmosphere and the ability of the tutor to keep things on task."

Michael Langford
Rating: 4

  "Cannot thank ATDirect enough. Kevin was very patient and accomodating throught the training and assessments. In addition, the courses on offer are very resonably priced. Thanks again."

Thomas Beddoes
RAF Shawbury
Rating: 5

  "ATDirect is a very professional company! They work in a thorough manner and they teach all the necessary knowledge in a clear way. In addition, they are very patient and are always willing to adapt to the learner's needs. I highly recommend ATDirect!"

Alin Harbuz
Construction Sector
Rating: 5

  "Excellent day - very informative.  A robust and honest approach best suited to the group."

Simon Riley
City of London Police
Rating: 5

  "As an individual and being self-employed, I started the course with the aim to carry out assessment work on a consultancy basis.  Initially, I found the process a little daunting with the support of other co-workers, but the excellent advice, support and mentoring from my ATDirect tutor made everything really straightforward and manageable - even with a busy work scheduled.  I would highly recommend ATDirect to anyone like myself,…read more

Mark Dean
Self-Employed, Heating and Plumbing Sector
Rating: 5

  "The trainer had a good knowledge of the course and was very easy to talk to.  He delivered the training in an interesting and relaxed way that helped our learning experience."

Scott Davies
Walsingham Support
Rating: 5

  "I would recommend using ATDirect to gain your Assessor qualifications as it has now opened a lot of doors for me, and the support and help I received from the tutors was second to none."

Kate Hales
West Midlands Ambulance Service
Rating: 5

Whatever your occupation and wherever you are based, our friendly team will be happy to discuss your requirements and answer any questions

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0800 246 5574

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