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NVQ Assessor Award Training Course

Gaining your Assessor Qualifications with the new TAQA Units

The TAQA suite of qualifications replaces the old A1 and A2 assessor qualifications (previously D32/33) awards and the V1 internal verifier award (Old D34) These practitioner qualifications are designed to support the assessment and quality assurance of all new QCF qualifications including: Apprenticeships, Functional Skills, Technical Certificates, NVQ’s, Awards, Certificates and Diplomas.

The TAQA (Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance) suite of qualifications combines a variety of units to enable you to become an Assessor, An Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) or an External Quality Assurer (EQA).The new units offer a lot more flexibility to obtain a qualification which matches your particular job role

The Assessor Qualifications consist of 3 units which can be combined in any combination to achieve one of the Qualification Titles detailed below:

The QCF Assessor Qualifications

What is the Qualification Structure?

In order to be able to assess learners undertaking formal accredited learning, whether in the workplace or within a classroom or training environment you must hold an Assessor Qualification. The new Suite of Assessor qualifications consists of 3 units:

 Unit 1: Understand the Principles and Practices of assessment (Mandatory Unit)

(Credit value 3 / Guided learning hours 24)

This is a knowledge based unit and is designed to enable learners to have a full and comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of assessment. This is a mandatory unit for anybody wishing to become an assessor.

Please note that this is a knowledge based unit only and does not, on its own, qualify you to carry out assessments. The qualification is suitable for aspiring assessors, or managers and supervisors who are required to have an understanding of the assessment process. You do not need to carry out any assessment activities with learners to achieve this.

Unit 2: Assess Occupational Competence in the work environment

(Credit Value 6 / Guided learning hours 30)

This is a competence / performance based unit designed to enable learners to demonstrate that they are able to assess students to confirm their occupational competence in a work environment. (This will be demonstrated and evidenced by observations of performance in the work environment, examining products of work and questioning the learner)

This unit is for practitioners who will be required to assess competence in the workplace only. The assessments might be towards a qualification, a programme of learning or to confirm am employees competence towards their job specification.

Unit 3: Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding

(Credit Value 6 / Guided learning hours 30)

This is a competence / performance based unit designed to enable learners to demonstrate that they are able to assess students outside of the work environment in a training room or classroom, a workshop or any other training environment. (This will be demonstrated and evidenced by skills tests, oral and written questions, assignments, projects, case studies or simulations)

This Unit is for practitioners who will be required to assess competence in the training environment (workshops, classrooms or other training centres) only.

How is the Qualification Delivered?

Concept Academies used a blended learning approach in delivering the Assessor suite of Qualifications.  Induction and learning are done through our e-learning portal allowing you to work at your own pace, download key documentation and paperwork and have access to a range of learning resources.  Direct observation and assessment for the skills requirements, can be carried out in a variety of ways; Your tutor / assessor may make on-site visits to you, skype or video recordings may be used, or it may be possible to arrange for an in-house assessor to conduct your observations. On-site visits with our assessors will be fully facilitated at times to suit your preferences

Induction

All learners go through a thorough on-line Induction process prior to commencing upon their chosen qualification. This ensures you understand the qualification that you will be undertaking, how you will be assessed, as well as your course handbook which details company and learner policies and procedures.

 Unit 1

Our modern interactive on-line learning system then delivers the knowledge required for Unit 1. This ensures that you have good background knowledge about the role of the assessor, the principles of assessment and assessment methodologies, how to plan, deliver and make assessment decisions, understand the quality assurance process of assessment and understand the legal, regulatory and best practices in relation to assessment. This is followed by a workbook and portfolio based evidence collection.

(It is possible in some instances to undertake this unit  at the same time as the competency units. This will be dictated by experience levels.)

The Competency Units – Unit 2 and / or 3

Concept Academies recognises that each candidate is unique and their workplace environment will be completely different, and a ‘Learner Centred Approach’ is therefore conducted with learners. The Competency Units are therefore delivered by a series of observations with their nominated assessor, who will guide the learner through the collection of required evidence such as professional discussions, learner reflective journals, and workplace products of evidence. Each learner will have an Individual Learning Plan, followed by a series of assessment planning and feedback documents, in order that they are clear on expectations and timescales.  Ongoing feedback and discussion sessions will take place via Skype, telephone, email or face to face where location permits.(Additional travel costs may be payable for on-site visits outside of our normal travel areas, if we are unable to identify a suitably qualified assessor in your location to carry out witness testimonies for observations).

During the learning period for the competence units, each learner must undertake:

  • A minimum of two assessments of occupational competence with at least two of their own students (ie. four assessments in total) – using laid down assessment methods (Unit 2)
  • A minimum of two assessments of two student’s skills, knowledge and understanding (ie. four assessments in total) – using laid down assessment methods (Unit 3)

These are mandatory laid down assessment requirements of the awarding body.

Timescales

Candidates can work at their own pace with agreed benchmarks for progress with their assessor. Concept Academies allows up to a maximum of 12 months for candidates to progress through the qualification, although realistically most candidates achieve the qualification within a 3-6 month period. However, if learners have ongoing access to their candidates, the qualification is easily achievable within the minimum 12 week period.

Start times are immediate and ongoing.

What are the eligibility requirements?

In order to undertake this qualification (with the exception of Unit 1 only) you must:

  • Have access to 2 candidates undertaking a formal assessed qualification to laid down standards

*Please note that we are unable to supply candidates for learners*

  • Be over 19 years of age.
  • Be involved in an assessment team to demonstrate standardisation meetings and practices.
  • Be competent in the subject area you are assessing in.
  • Undertake a functional skills assessment to confirm an acceptable knowledge of Maths and English.
  • Be IT literate and have access to a computer / internet / Skype (or other video conferencing programme), and Microsoft office compatible software.

All of our e-learning systems are android / IPad compatible

Have access to a printer, scanner and email for forwarding and uploading evidence

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I enrol for this course?

You can enrol by giving us a call on 02476 889402 and speak to one of our enrolment team. Or you can enrol online by clicking ‘enrolment’ at the top of this page.

Who is the Awarding Body for this Assessor Training qualification?

The Awarding Body is EDEXCEL. A global leader in providing Nationally Recognised Qualifications in the UK and around the world.

Can you provide the NVQ candidates I need?

. It is more beneficial to you if you can source your own candidates in your own training environment.

How much does does the Assessor Training Course cost?

Courses start from £295 for a single unit all inclusive, depending on your course requirements. Contact us for up to date course costs.

How long does the Assessor Award take to complete?

Courses can take around 12 weeks to complete, although more time may be required depending on your circumstances. The average time taken is between 3-6 months,

Will I be a fully Qualified NVQ Assessor when I finish my course with you?

Providing that you complete all 3 units as listed above, then yes you will. Your current or future job role will determine which units you must complete. Contact us and speak to an advisor for further guidance before you enrol.

I already have the A1 Assessor Award / D32 D33. Do I need to update to the new standards?

It is not a requirement for you to do this, providing that you have practised as an Assessor and kept your CPD updated within the last 2 years. We have QCF ‘Assessor Update’ courses available for those that feel that they need upskilling. Contact us for more information.

What subjects can I assess?

You can assess any subject that you are qualified in, or have at least 2 years continuous experience in. Your experience is determined from your CV and checkable references once you have enrolled.

When are the Assessor Training Courses running?

You can start your course immediately – there are not set start dates.

Can I pay for my course in instalments?

Yes you can. Contact us for more information.

What are the job prospects like when I have qualified?

The will vary from subject to subject. But there is always a demand for high quality, qualified Assessors. Our Concept Community page has a list of Websites and resources to help you.

What is the pay scale I can expect as an Assessor?

The current average rate for a Further Education NVQ Assessor is approximately £17 per hour. Some providers will tell you that you can earn up to 50k per year, which may be true. But be prepared to work 12-16 hours a day to achieve this.

 

The Concept Academies QCF Assessor programme has been designed to be totally flexible, whilst making sure that you are fully supported and developed by your Tutor / Assessor throughout the whole course.

Throughout your QCF NVQ Assessor Training Course, you will be expected to:

– Produce written assignments that demonstrates your knowledge of the role of the QCF Assessor

 – Carry out assessment planning with your learners

 – Give assessment feedback to your learners and to make assessment decisions

 – Attend standardisation meetings within your assessment team

 – Complete relevant assessment paperwork to evidence performance of your learners

 – And lots more to ensure you are able to carry out your role as an Assessor confidently.

This is achieved by completing an online learning package using our revolutionary Virtual Learning Environment so that you fully understand the role of the Assessor.  Only then will you move on to the practical side of the programme under the guidance of your Tutor / Assessor.  They will carefully negotiate and set achievable SMART goals with you to help you quickly gather the required practical evidence of your performance as an Assessor.

‘Learners receive regular, ongoing guidance and support to suit their needs.  Individual assessment requirements of learners are identified and met where possible’

(EDEXCEL Quality Assurance Visit, 2013)
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