Jul 05

TAQA Interest Rising

Published by Bryan Shendon


Interest and take-up of the new Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) qualifications is on the rise. Bryan Shendon, training consultant with Target Training reports on the increase in interest from organisations and individuals who are looking to develop their staff or themselves in the fields of Training, Assessment or Quality Assurance.

So why all the interest? Well I believe the new TAQA qualifications have opened up many doors as staff and individuals who are or may become involved in training and /or the quality assurance of training now have the opportunities to gain professionally recognised qualifications even if they or their organisation are not part of a registered centre delivering vocational or other accredited qualifications.

The old Assessor (A1/A2) and Verifier (V1) qualifications required those undertaking them to work with learners who themselves were working towards an NVQ and this prevented many in-house trainers and quality assurance staff from achieving them. Having delivered the A & V qualifications for over 10 years I knew they were restrictive but now I have candidates undertaking the new awards I can see the huge potential they hold.  The TAQA qualifications have been developed for all those working in accredited learning (NVQ/VRQ’s) within the National Qualification Framework (NQF) and the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) as well as those delivering non accredited learning such as in-house training.

As long as learners or members of staff are being judged or trained against a specific standard or standards whether it be units from a vocational qualification or organisational in-house standards then the TAQA qualifications are for you.

Some aspects of the new qualifications are the same as the A & V standards such as the methods of assessment which for those people who train in a real work environment the assessment methods must include: observation of performance in the work environment, examining products of work questioning the learner, discussions with the learner, use of others (witness testimony), looking at learner statements and recognition of prior learning whilst for those where vocational competence is being assessed in a non work environment the methods must include: assessments in simulated environments, skills tests, oral and written questions, assignments, projects, case studies and recognition of prior learning.

The principles of assessment or training are also the same in that it must be properly planned and carried out, decisions made based on the standards being used, constructive feedback given to individuals and the whole process being evaluated and standardised. Additionally, Quality Assurance (QA) comes in with trainers/assessors being monitored and sampled by QA staff and Continued Professional Development planned and carried out.

With such flexibility in the new TAQA qualifications it is easy to see why there is so much interest in obtaining one.  For more information see our website here or email and I will be happy to answer your questions.


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