TAQA Assessor qualifications

 

IVITA Learning cannot give you your years of experience, but we can train, support and assess you in order to achieve the assessor award most appropriate to you. In addition to the training, you will receive a portfolio designed to help you structure your evidence, and on-going e-mail support throughout.

I usually offer these qualifications on a 1:1 basis or with a group of aspiring assessors from the same organisation.

 

For the first Unit 301 – Understanding the principles and practices of assessment flexibility is key as it is purely a knowledge-based unit with no requirement for you being observed carrying out assessments.

·         you can come to me for training

·         I can come to your workplace (which may incur additional costs for my travel time and expenses)

·         I am currently working on getting the first Unit 301 online as well

HOWEVER, there are some things that need to be in place for when you move on to the other unit/s (which will depend on the type of assessment you will be doing)

 

Unit 302 – Assess occupational competence in the work environment is for those who will be assessing learners in their workplace.

Unit 303 – Assess vocational kills, knowledge and understanding is for those who will be assessing learners in a training centre.

  • You need to be occupationally competent in the area you intend to assess

  • You need to have at least two learners you can work with and I need to be able to observe you assessing them both

  • They need to be assessed against criteria, whether they are for a qualification or for in-house work processes

  • Your decisions will need to be counter-signed by a qualified assessor until you are qualified

  • Your assessing work needs to be Internally Quality Assured

 

The following explains how combinations of these Units make up the qualifications. But everyone does Unit 301.

 

Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (3 credits)

  • Unit 301 – Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

Who is it for?

A knowledge-only award for those who are starting their journey as an assessor, or for those who need to know about assessment practice but who are not currently practicing e.g. a starting point for aspiring assessors or a professional development qualification for managers, HR or quality assurance personnel

The learning outcomes for Unit 301 are:

  • Understand the principles and requirements of assessment

  • Understand different types of assessment methods

  • Understand how to plan assessment

  • Understand how to involve learners and others in assessment Understand how to make assessment decisions

  • Understand how to contribute to the quality assurance of assessment

  • Understand how to manage information relating to assessment of occupational competence

  • Understand the legal and good practice requirements in relation to assessment

Assessment of Unit 301 is through:

  • Written statements or answers to questions

  • Oral statements or answers to questions

  • Discussions between the candidate assessor and their own assessor

  • Assignments Projects

 

 

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (9 credits)

  • Unit 301 – Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

  • Unit 302 – Assess occupational competence in the work environment

Who is it for? 

For practitioners who assess the demonstration of competence in a work environment using the following assessment methods:

  • Observation

  • Examining work products

  • Oral questioning and discussion

  • Use of others (e.g. witnesses)

  • Learner statements

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

The learning outcomes for Unit 302 are:

  • Be able to plan the assessment of occupational competence

  • Be able to make assessment decisions about occupational competence

  • Be able to provide required information following the assessment of occupational competence

  • Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing occupational competence

Assessment of Unit 302 will come from you carrying out assessments in a work environment using:

  • Performance evidence must be provided in respect of:

    • Observation of performance in a work environment (mandatory)

    • Examining work products (mandatory)

    • Questioning the learner (mandatory)

  • Other forms of evidence will be acceptable for the remaining assessment methods:

    • Discussing with the learner

    • Use of other people (witness statements)

    • Learners own statements of practice

    • Recognising prior learning (RPL)

 

 

Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (9 credits)

  • Unit 301 – Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

  • Unit 303 – Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

Who is it for?

For practitioners who assess knowledge and/or skills in vocationally-related subject areas who use the following assessment methods:

  • Assessments in simulated environments

  • Skills tests

  • Oral and written questions

  • Assignments

  • Projects

  • Case studies

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

The learning outcomes for Unit 303 are:

  • Be able to prepare assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

  • Be able to carry out assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

  • Be able to provide required information following the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

  • Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing vocational skill, knowledge and understanding

Assessment of Unit 303 may take place in training workshops, classrooms or other learning environments.

There must be evidence to cover all of the assessment methods listed above, and a minimum of 3 must be performance evidence

 

 

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (15 credits)

  • Unit 301 – Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

  • Unit 302 – Assess occupational competence in the work environment

  • Unit 303 – Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

Who is it for?

For practitioners who assess the demonstration of competence in a work environment and who also assess knowledge and/or skills in vocationally-related subject areas.

 

The cost of the assessor awards/certificate

 Unit 301 only – £200

Unit 301 and Unit 302 – £600

Unit 301 and Unit 303 – £600

Unit 301, Unit 302 and Unit 303 – £750

The cost is per person and is inclusive of:

  • Training, assessment and support with a qualified, friendly and experienced trainer and assessor

  • A portfolio set up with suggested evidence and documents to help you achieve competence in the optimum time

  • Two observations of you with your learners for each of Units 302 and 303

  • Registration and certification with City and Guilds

  • All administration costs

  • On-going email and telephone support throughout the programme

The only other costs would be if I need to travel more than 60-mile round trip to observe you, and if you fail to turn up to appointments having done the agreed work.

These are very labour-intensive qualifications!

 

 

By the end of the course you will:

  • Have the credibility that a recognised qualification brings.

  • Be able to plan assessments with your learners, assess them fairly and reliably, make your assessment decisions based on clear criteria and give constructive feedback.