The start of a new year brings with it the promise of lots of new things. Gym memberships, diets, resolutions to change and become a better person… the list goes on. To some people it may even be the start of a new career, or the decision to level up and gain more qualifications. If you haven’t thought about becoming an Assessor, then now may well be the time to explore your options. Let’s have a look into the career of an Assessor in more detail.
Role of an Assessor
If you are looking to diversify your skills and help people achieve their potential, then the role of an Assessor is the perfect fit for you. You will be responsible for supporting, guiding and assessing students as they go through their vocational qualifications. Collecting evidence will be a big part of your job. You need to collate this in order to ensure your learners have all the requirements they need in order to pass their qualification.
Some of the other core responsibilities of an Assessor include:
- Planning and delivering training / workshops
- Observing and assessing candidates in their workplace
- Providing feedback and advice to students
- Signing off awards when all requirements have been met
Benefits of Becoming An Assessor
After working and speaking with many people undertaking their Assessor qualifications, the overarching motivator for becoming an Assessor has been the flexibility it provides. Some Assessors work on a part-time basis alongside their current job. Others work on temporary contracts when they have the capacity to take on extra work.
As well as a more flexible work-life balance, being an Assessor will enable you to work from various locations at hours that suit you. Many Assessors become freelancers which means that you set your own work schedule. If you want to you can do all your paperwork in the comfort of your own home, then just spend the day out assessing learners and collecting evidence. The time is completely yours.
During the past year, the Government have provided lots of additional funding to encourage businesses to take on apprentices. This means that there is an even bigger need for qualified Assessors. So there really has been no better time to become an Assessor as they are in demand!
How To Become An Assessor
There are several Assessor qualifications available, which include:
- ACWE – Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
- AVRA – Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
- CAVA – Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
As you can see, these qualifications allow you to Assess learners in a variety of working environments. The CAVA (Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement) is the only current qualification that will fully qualify you as an Assessor in your area of expertise though.
That is another point worth mentioning – you can’t assess learners in any old subject. You must have some track record in the vocational area you are hoping to assess. Ideally this should be a qualification, but if you have enough years of experience then that will suffice.
Distance Learning With Brooks & Kirk
If you are serious about a career in assessing then please take the time to browse through the Assessor qualifications section on our website to find out more about each one. If you still feel that becoming an Assessor is the right choice for you, then we can help prepare you for the next step. All of our courses are delivered online, but that doesn’t mean you are left to your own devices. You will receive unlimited tutor support from our team of experienced industry practitioners, and with our bespoke Virtual Learning Environment, you can study anywhere and at any time.
For more information on how to get enrolled on an Assessor course, please give us a call on 01205 805155.