TAQA NVQ Assessor Certificate
Distance learning NVQ assessor certificate courses have changed within the last few years, with the old A1 qualification being gradually phased out, and then completely replaced in December 2010. As of the start of 2011, the award is known as the QCF NVQ assessor certificate, connecting it with a wider range of qualifications and certifications. However, the principles behind the qualification are still the same, and will allow anyone with the certificate to assess students in all areas of NVQ training. Although there are slight differences to the standards of learning, which is why anyone with the A1 assessor award will need to re-qualify for the Certificate, there is very little difference in the way in which assessment is taught and practiced.
There are different levels of assessor qualification with the new Certificate, and this will depend upon the current role of the assessor. In order to get the most basic distance learning NVQ assessor certificate, known as level 3, the students of this course tend to be those in supervisory roles, looking to either start training as an assessor, or better understand the role of an assessor in the workplace. Many managers of vocational workplaces have this level of certification, without being assessors themselves.
In order to become a qualified assessor, it is necessary for trainees to take a further award. There are two types of distance learning NVQ assessor certificate courses, designed for different job specifications. The first will allow trainees to assess people within the workplace, and tend to be focused upon the job. The course for this level will encourage trainees to assess students while they are working through observation, questioning, and interviewing those around the student. This award is only for work-based learning, and will not allow awards in vocational training.
The other type of award at this level of distance learning NVQ assessor certificate will be focused upon vocational and training achievement. This means looking at classroom-based learning, including skills tests, written tests, completed assignments, dissertations, projects and case studies, and also discussing events with the student. As this is such a specialised area, the award for this part of the course will not allow trainees to assess students in work-based environments. Those who wish to take part in both vocational and work-based assessments will need to have completed both units. The full certificate, usually the most expensive, resembles the A1 course which was originally required, and means that assessors can work in any kind of vocational environment.
Distance learning for these types of certificates allows trainee assessors to work at their own pace, and get comfortable with what they need to do in order to qualify. It also provides the experience and understanding which the trainees will need when they are assessing students in work environments. These opportunities are there to ensure that the trainees get the best from their experience, and can ensure that they are qualified to the level required to embark on a career in assessment.