Jul 30

New Assessor and Quality Assurance Qualifications

Published by Bryan Shendon


We all know things change and after a recent review of the A and V qualifications a new suite of Assessment and Internal Quality Assurance qualifications have been developed and approved by Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) and will replace the current Assessor (A1/2) and Verifier Units (V1/2) which will expire on 31 December 2010.

Bryan Shendon is an experienced training consultant who specialises in qualifications especially vocational accreditation and today he previews the new Assessor and Verifier qualifications.

These new qualifications are for all staff that are working in, or looking to gain entry to, roles in Assessment and Internal Quality Assurance, whether it be in accredited learning, non-accredited learning, the National Qualification Framework (NQF) and/or the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

As with the A/V qualifications the new units and qualifications will provide people who carry out assessment and internal quality assurance roles in their organisation with the opportunity to develop and improve their practice as well as achieving a professional qualification for the role. However, the new qualifications consist of a mix of both competence-based and knowledge based units. The knowledge only units allow anyone who is interested in or needs to know about assessment and quality assurance - but is not a practitioner - to acquire knowledge and information about the roles and to be able to use this to help develop and improve systems at their centre.

For those in an Assessment role there are 3 awards and a certificate at level 3 which are:

  • Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

And for those in an Internal QA role there are 2 awards and a certificate at level 4:

  • Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

There are a number of key differences between the current units and the new qualifications:

  • The new qualifications have been written for QCF so are credit rated, written on the QCF template, have QCF levels - which differ from NVQ levels and are available as awards and certificates
  • There are mandatory knowledge-only units in each of the qualifications
  • They are open to anyone who is carrying out assessment and quality assurance roles - not just for those working with NVQs
  • They have been developed for those working in accredited learning, non accredited learning, the NQF and the QCF and can be used by people who do not assess qualifications but who assess competence in the workplace
  • There is a unit specifically designed for assessors who do not assess competence in the workplace
  • There is a unit and qualification for quality assurance staff who manage the work of teams of assessors

The vocational Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance (A1 and V1) qualifications have been around for over 10 years now and Target Training have successfully delivered them since the company was founded in 2003.  They have received regular praise from both the City & Guilds Quality Assurance staff and many of the candidates who have completed the qualifications for the way they have been delivered.

As a current provider of the A / V qualifications, Target Training will have automatic approval to deliver these new qualifications and we have already began the process of developing our delivery programme along with the Advice, Information and Guidance that our customers will need to achieve their chosen path. So for all those that are interested please contact us and let us put you on the road to success.


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