Course Information

Who is the course for?

This is for people who are assessing candidate’s competence in the workplace and in the classroom, it is important that the opportunity to assess in both settings is available.  Typically you should be carrying out assessment methods such as:

  • Observation of performance in the workplace
  • Examining products (outcomes) of work
  • Discussions with the learner
  • Using evidence from others (witness testimony)
  • Looking at learner statements
  • Recognising prior learning
  • Oral and written question
  • Assignments
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • Recognising prior learning

What does the course involve?

The NVQ is related directly to your job role and helps you to reflect on your performance at work and review your working practices. It provides a personal development opportunity and enhances efficiency within your organisation. 

You must achieve 3 mandatory units:

  • Understand the principles and practices of assessment:  the aim of this unit is to assess the learning and development practitioner’s knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of assessment
  • Assess occupational competence in the work environment:  the aim of this unit is to assess a learning and development practitioner’s performance in carrying out assessments of occupational competence in a work environment
  • Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding:  the aim of this unit is to assess a learning and development practitioner’s performance in carrying out assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding outside of the work environment. 

What makes this course special?

Our NVQs are fully supported through our online portfolio system (OneFile).  Candidates have access to their portfolio on line in order to upload work, view progress to date (shown as a total percentage) and to contact their dedicated Assessor.  The portfolio can be accessed at any time, e.g. at home or in the workplace which makes the submission of work much simpler.

Placements/Work Placements

This is a competence based qualification so it is vital that you work within an Assessor role, assessing candidates both in the workplace and in a classroom setting.

It is important that you are working within as an Assessor with key responsibilities attached to your role before enrolling onto the NVQ.

Trainee Assessors and IQAs must be working as part of the delivery team for a recognised qualification as defined above. It is not possible to undertake these qualifications otherwise.

Entry Requirements

All candidates must be in an appropriate Assessor role.  Prior to enrolment, our Assessor will discuss your job role with you to ensure that it will afford you sufficient scope to provide all of the evidence required.

What are the assessment methods?

  • A workshop will be arranged which trainee Assessor or IQAs undertaking these qualifications must attend
  • The workshop will last for approximately 4½ hours and attendance is essential
  • Prior to the workshop, trainees will be issued with a questionnaire which requires them to research specific information about the qualification they are assessing or quality assuring
  • Questionnaires must be fully completed and returned at least10 days prior to the workshop. Trainees who do not complete and return the questionnaire will be unable to attend
  • The questionnaire could take 2-3 hours to complete, depending on their existing level of knowledge
  • At the end of the workshop trainees will leave with an action plan detailing the evidence they need for the qualification. This will be for them to use whilst working within their own assessment team to gather evidence of assessing or carrying out IQA, with the support of their Mentor
  • Every trainee Assessor and IQA will need a Mentor. The Mentor should be a qualified and experienced person from within the team delivering the qualification the trainee is assessing
  • Meetings will be arranged with the trainee Assessor at six week intervals following the workshop to review progress
  • Once sufficient activity has taken place and appropriate evidence has been gathered the portfolio can be completed and competence and knowledge assessed against the standards. Certification will take place after the trainee’s portfolio is signed off

How long is the course?

It is expected that the qualification will take up to 18 months to achieve however, candidates work at their own pace so can achieve as quickly as they wish, taking into account contact with their Assessor.

What are the progression options?

There are progression opportunities onto the level 4 Award Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices.

Awarding Body

This NVQ is currently awarded by City & Guilds .

Further Information