Everybody’s telling me something different and I just don’t know what to do!
That’s something we hear a lot! There seems to be a lot of conflicting advice online about Assessor training. It doesn’t help that the framework has gone through multiple changes, confusing the issues with old and new qualifications being used interchangeably.
We’re here to make it all clear. There is only one path to becoming a fully qualified Assessor – the CAVA course.
Search for the CAVA qualification
The CAVA course is the only course that will make you a fully qualified Assessor. Any other course will not fully qualify you and will significantly reduce your chances of getting an Assessor job upon completion.
So, if you’re seeing a lot of acronyms or a course phrased in any other way than CAVA or ‘Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement’, you’re on the wrong track.
That being said, it’s good if you know that the CAVA course replaced the A1 Awards back in 2010. So, you may see this term flying around. However, before you start a course, make sure it is the current curriculum and the current award – CAVA.
How to Choose a Training Provider
Now you know you’re choosing the right qualification – the one and only official route into a career in assessment. Now the question is ‘which training provider should I choose?’.
Here is Brooks and Kirk’s checklist to make sure you’re choosing a reputable training provider.
1) Are they offering a CAVA qualification?
As we discussed earlier, the CAVA qualification is the only official qualification for becoming a fully qualified Assessor.
2) Do they have a long history in training assessment?
Be wary of training providers that offer a very wide range of qualifications. A training provider that specialises in assessing is more likely to offer the best expertise and have the highest pass rates.
3) Do they invest time in people looking to enrol?
You want to enrol with a training provider that is going to offer you continued support throughout your course. If a training provider seems disinterested; too quick to take your money; or can’t answer your questions; you may want to continue searching.
4) Do they offer flexible (but compliant) learning options?
Many learners want to study to be an Assessor while continuing in their current role. This can cause problems if there are very limited study options. If a training provider offers different learning options (such as distance learning), that’s a positive sign you’ll be able to see your training through to the end.
However, compliance still matters. To become a qualified Assessor, you will need access to learners. A reputable training provider will be able to give you access to learners if you don’t have learners to assess within your own workplace.
If a training provider can’t offer this option, then it may be worth looking to a more prepared organisation.
5) Is there support throughout the course?
Less reputable training providers will enrol you in the course and then vanish until your final exam. An invested training provider will offer continued support through mentorship, additional resources, and personal guidance.
6) Is the cost what you expect?
Question the cost. Price point is a good indication of whether a course leads to a legitimate qualification. £20 to become an Assessor? If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Assessor Training with Brooks and Kirk
Brooks and Kirk are training providers who have been providing assessor training for over 20 years. And that’s all we do – assessment and quality assurance are the backbone of our organisation. We are the experts.
What’s more, we offer personalised support to each of our learners throughout their courses. We want our learners to succeed and achieve their goal of becoming Assessors. It’s what we do!
We offer on-site and distance learning with access to learners to ensure you can complete your course. We’ve got all the tools you need for successful completion of your qualification.
So, if you want to gain your Assessment qualification with one of the UK’s leaders in assessment training, to be supported all the way, and have access to our video tutorials, articles, and mentors, then contact us today. We can set you on the path to your dream career as an Assessor.