Assessors specialise in evaluating vocational training across different industry areas and help prepare new generations of skilled professionals. They are required to:
NVQ Assessor training qualifications such as the A1 and A2 awards were replaced in 2012 by an updated comprehensive suite of assessing and internal verifying qualifications commonly referred to as TAQA (Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance).
This change led to an upgrade based on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) of units, awards, and certificate. The new A1 assessor course is known as the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement and is made up of 3 units which can be taken separately or all altogether to gain a recognised qualification in assessing.
You are likely to need a driving licence, as the job involves travelling around from place to place.
We do not guaranteed to find placements for trainees but we have contacts with recruitment agencies and employers. We will assist you with job search and CV preparation. We do sometimes employ freelance assessors that we have trained.
You will need to obtain at least 2 learners to assess for units 2 and 3 of your programme. We can assist you with obtaining learners where we have contacts with certain employers and through our own referrals but this is not guaranteed and can depend on what area of the UK you are in. We do help our trainees with letters of introduction and candidates have found learners at voluntary centres, charity shops and by using their own initiative.
Absolutely. This what many of our candidates do. The first part of your training is based on knowledge and you only require a learner to assess in the 2nd and 3rd units. You therefore have ample time to discuss with your tutor the practical aspects of your training.
Not presently. If you are unemployed some job centres will offer funding or assistance for vocational courses that can lead to employment if you enquire.
The fees for your course are based on the expectation you will complete your course within 1 year. Further charges may apply after 1 year.
No prior experience or qualification is required. You should have good writing and English ability and be able to study at level 3.
The course is delivered online and there is no classroom attendance required. This award is achieved by compiling a portfolio of evidence which is assessed by a tutor. The course is self-paced and you have up to 12 months to complete.
All studying or learning new things takes some time and effort but we have made our courses and support to be as engaging and helpful to you to be able to achieve your qualification. You can read the testimonial and case studies of successful assessors who came from very diverse backgrounds on our web pages.
There are no tests or exams to fail; instead you will be supported to build a portfolio of evidence including examples of your candidates work, assessment plans, feedback, and questions about assessing and professional discussions with your assessor. You will have a personal tutor who will guide you through the course, providing feedback at every stage.
The courses are flexible and can start at any time to suit you.
Complete the initial online application form or phone us for an initial discussion. Payment can be arranged in full or instalments via PayPal, credit card or bank transfer.
The course is tailored to your own pace. If you want to fast track through your course from the start there are students who have completed in 12-14 weeks. If you are not doing all the units because of previous experience or training your course will be that much quicker as well.
You will be assigned a log-in to an online training platform which contains your assignments, tasks, webinars and access to your tutor to support your learning.
Immediately after you have enrolled and paid your fee.
No. We do recommend certain books and materials but they are not obligatory.
As mentioned earlier there is no fail or exam with our online training. If your assignments are not up the required standard necessary then your tutor will guide you to improve it so you can submit it again.
Once you have completed your portfolio it will be handed to an internal verifier to be checked for quality assurance and to ensure you have provided all the evidence required. It will then be checked by the awarding body and you will normally receive your qualification within 10 days of us submitting a claim for your certificate.
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