Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA)

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The CAVA is the Assessor Qualification that you need to become a fully qualified assessor.

What Does The CAVA Qualify Me To Do?

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is the most comprehensive assessor qualification that is currently available. It qualifies you to assess learners in their place of work and in learning environments as well. Essentially, this means that upon completion of the CAVA, you would be a fully qualified assessor in your area of expertise. So, whether you need to be able to observe learners in the workplace or assess their vocational knowledge through assignment-based tasks and question and answer sessions in classrooms; the CAVA assessor course would have you covered for your industry.

About Our CAVA Assessor Course

At Brooks and Kirk, it is our aim to make it as straight-forward as possible for you to understand what the CAVA course involves and whether or not it is suitable for you. So if you have any questions whatsoever or just prefer to have a chat with someone, we have a friendly and experienced team of course advisors, who will be more than happy to help – Either call us on 01205 805 155 or just Request a Callback and we will be in touch.

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Course Content

The CAVA involves 3 units:

  • Unit 1 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
  • Unit 2 – Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment
  • Unit 3 – Assess Vocational  Skills, Knowledge and Understanding

The first unit is all of the theory behind the role and responsibilities of an assessor – we deliver this entire unit via our online learning system.

Units 2 and 3 require you to assess 2 candidates. If you have access to 2 learners to assess and a suitably experienced and qualified assessor, then you will be able to use these learners. If you don’t have access to 2 learners to assess, not to worry! We are the only assessor training provider that can guarantee access to learners to assess as part of your course.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. Furthermore, as we are able to provide you with access to learners to assess, there is no requirement for you to be currently working in an assessor role to be able to complete the course.

Please note: Whilst there are no entry requirements, it is recommended that you have a good command of the English language if you are looking to work as an assessor. In addition to this, it is  also important to bear in mind that upon completion of this course, you will only be qualified to assess in the area(s) you can evidence occupational competence in. 


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You will be able to complete vast majority of your course online. Our bespoke and easy-to-use virtual learning environment allows for you to study at your own pace. In fact, the only time-sensitive part of your course is where you are required to attend one day to observe 2 learners in their workplace. This will either be at London, Manchester, Birmingham or Boston in Lincolnshire, dependent on where is closest for you.


You have unlimited tutor support! We appreciate the fact that the majority of the course is delivered online. So, we put a lot of emphasise on the remote support that is available to you. Even if you need assistance outside of normal working hours, we can arrange that as well. This is in addition to the tutorial videos and other learning resources that are accessible on the online learning system 24/7.

Course Duration

Because so much of our course is online, the duration is extremely flexible. So we can’t say how long your course will take as it entirely depends on how much time you will dedicate to your studying. However, it may help to know that the qualification has a Guided Learning Hours (GLH) value of 84 and has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) of 150 hours. This means that on average, it should take a candidate roughly 150 hours to complete the course after enrolling. 

Typically, learners who spend anywhere between 3 and 5 hours working on their course on a weekly basis will take roughly 6 – 8 months to complete their course. But ultimately, if you can commit more hours on a weekly or even daily basis, there’s no reason why you can’t complete your course much sooner.

Please Note: Although we don’t have compulsory deadlines (due to the fact that we feel they add an unnecessary pressure to completing the CAVA), if you feel like you study more efficiently with deadlines in place, we can create a learning plan for you to follow. You just tell us how quickly you want to get the course done and we will develop a plan with deadlines to meet in order for you to achieve your goal. 

Qualification Accreditation

We are a registered centre with three nationally recognised awarding organisations. These are: City and Guilds, Pearson Edexcel and Industry Qualifications. You can choose who you would like to be certificated by. However unless you state otherwise, you will be registered with City and Guilds by default.

Why Brooks and Kirk?

Unique. Flexible. Personal.

Brooks and Kirk are a family-grown independent training provider with over with over 20 years experience in delivering assessor training. In the past 12 months alone, we have helped hundreds of people across over 10 different sectors to become assessors. Our vast amount of experience in the Further Education industry has enabled us to adopt, what we see as an informal but professional approach to assessor training.

We are the only assessor training provider that guarantee all of the following as part of our CAVA Training:

  • Unlimited tutor support at no extra cost;
  • Access to learners to assess as part of your course;
  • No deadlines (but if you work better with deadlines, then we can set some up for you);
  • The ability to choose which Awarding Organisation (out of the 3 we are registered with) you would like your CAVA to be accredited by.

Finally, if you’re still unsure, just take a look at our reviews – We have an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 on Facebook and Google and an ‘Excellent’ rating on Trustpilot.

So, we know that there are a lot of assessor training providers out there. But we can guarantee you one thing; there’s no other assessor training providers like us. When someone chooses to become an assessor with Brooks and Kirk, they get more than just a qualification; they get a personal and enjoyable training experience as well.