What are the Assessor Qualifications?
There are four, nationally-recognised Level 3 Assessor qualifications aimed at people who work in, or are planning to undertake roles in, assessment. The qualifications cover how to plan, prepare, conduct and gather evidence for assessment:
1. Level 3 Award in Understanding Principles and Practice (Theory only)
A theory-only Award aimed at those beginning an Assessor role and those who need to know about assessment practice but who are not practising, such as those who wish to become Assessors, quality assurance staff or managers.
2. Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (Training only)
For Assessors who assess knowledge and/or skills in training environments (simulated environments, training workshops and classrooms) using the following assessment methods: test of skills, oral questioning, written questions, case studies, assignments, projects and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
3. Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (Work Only)
For Assessors who assess competence in a work environment, which requires the use of the following assessment methods: observation, examining work products or outputs, oral questioning, discussion, use of witness testimony, learner statements and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
4. Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (Work & Training)
For Assessors who may use all of the above assessment methods in a wide range of settings, both work and training environments.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT ASSESSOR QUALIFICATION?
ATDirect recommends the Level 3 Assessor ‘Certificate’ (the fourth qualification in the list above) as it’s the only Assessor qualification that enables you to assess in both work and training environments using a full range of assessment methods. It is the most comprehensive qualification and therefore maximises your employment flexibility.
The Assessor ‘Awards’ qualify you to assess in either a work or training environment, or, in the case of the Understanding Principles and Practice Award, provides a theory-only introduction to assessing.
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE ASSESSOR QUALIFICATION?
The Level 3 Assessor Certificate comprises 3 units of competence:
- Understand principles and practice
- Assess occupational competence in the work environment
- Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
All 3 units are mandatory and have to be fully completed to be awarded the qualification.