If you are currently working in the security industry and are looking to become an Assessor, then listen up. There are a few changes to the qualifications that you need, but don’t worry; we’ve carried out all the research so you don’t have to. Let’s start at how things were before the 1st October 2021.
If you were renewing your licence before the 1st October there is no change to the usual process. If you registered for training before 31st March 2021, with the old system, then again there was no change to the process. However, if you didn’t register for training before 31st March 2021, then you would have had to ensure you had an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification, that was valid for at least 12 months.
Now let’s have a look at how things are changing after the 1st October 2021. We will try and make it simple as it does all get quite confusing…
Renewing Your Security Guarding Licence
If you have a first aid qualification that is valid for at least 12 months, you will be required to take the ‘top-up training’ (all will be explained later!). If you don’t have a first aid qualification, you will either need to gain one and then take the ‘top-up training’; or take a course that includes a First Aid qualification.
New Security Guard
For new Security Guards, registered for training before the 31st March 2021, you will need to gain a first aid qualification and then take the ‘top-up training’. If you registered for training after the 31st March 2021 (so more recently), the next stage all depends on whether you have an Emergency First Aid at work qualification, or equivalent, that is valid for at least 12 months. Consequently, if you do have either of these, then you will need to take the new qualification. If you don’t, you will need to gain a first aid qualification before taking the new qualification.
Are you still with us?! Excellent.
As a door supervisor, the top-up training will take 2 days. As a security guard, it will take 0.5 days. In both of these instances, first aid training will need to be completed in advance, which takes 1 day.
Here is a brief insight into what the top-up training includes for door supervisors:
- Use of equipment
- Updated terror threat awareness
- Physical intervention skills refresher training
- Knowledge around critical incidents
For security guards, this is what will be included:
- Knowledge of physical intervention
- Updated terror threat awareness
- Knowledge around critical incidents
So you can clearly see why the door supervisor training takes a little longer! This will also be assessed by 3 exams. In comparison to 2 for security guards, due to the higher number of training elements that are covered.
Becoming A Security Assessor
So far, we have covered the changes for those in the security industry, or those looking to get a job in the industry. Now it’s time to have a look at how the Assessor training has also changed, in light of these recent updates.
In order to deliver security qualifications, there are a few changes to be aware of. You will also require:
- An Assessor qualification and annual counter-terrorism training from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.
- An increased CPD requirement (now 40 hours)
- New trainers for cash & valuables in transit will need at least 12 months of experience, gained within the last 3 years.
- New trainers for door supervision, public CCTV, security guarding and vehicle immobilising will need at least 2 years of experience gained within the last 5 years.
There is one last bit that we need to run through regarding the Assessor qualification we previously mentioned. As a minimum, security Assessors must hold any of the following:
- Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles & Practices of Assessment (UPPA)
- Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (ACWE)
- Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (AVRA)
Now, this is the advice from the Security Industry Authority regarding Assessor Qualifications. However, as a training provider we think it’s really important for you to know that in order to become a fully qualified Assessor, we always recommend learners complete the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA).
Here at Brooks and Kirk we have been discussing these new regulations in detail. We anticipate that the Assessor qualifications required by the SIA will change in the coming months or years to include CAVA rather than UPPA. We would therefore heir on the side of caution; if you are wanting to become an Assessor in the security industry, then opt for the CAVA now rather than having to take both qualifications in the long run.
If you have questions regarding anything within this blog, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01205 805155 and our team will be happy to help.
Here at Brooks and Kirk, we have delivered our assessor, IQA, and tutor courses to many organisations that want their staff to become in-house assessors/IQAs. These organisations come from all sorts of industries, including healthcare; construction; hair and beauty; customer services, and many more. This has become more of a common occurrence over the years as more business’ realise the benefits of in-house assessor training. So what exactly are those benefits? Why should your business start looking at in-house training?
Cutting the Costs
At the end of the day, one of the most important aspects of running a business is the costs. By setting up a training division within your organisation, there would consequently be no need to outsource training from external providers. You will find yourselves saving thousands of pounds in the long run, all by delivering training in-house. It’s all about getting a better ROI!
When your organisation looks to train members of staff, you’ll want their training to be as relevant to their job role and your business as possible. So who would be better placed to deliver that training, than someone who has years of experience working in your business? By having in-house assessors at your organisation, they will know how your team works like the back of their hand; pair that alongside our highly recommended assessor course, and you’ve got yourself a training division of the highest quality.
More Productive Workforce
With your high performing training division comes highly skilled employees. It has been proven time after time, that in-house assessors can drive the productivity of the workforce. The reason for this is pretty simple; the training that members of staff receive from in-house assessors is more relevant. They will tend to develop their skills and organisational knowledge much quicker than someone who was trained at the local college.
Why Train with Brooks and Kirk?
Throughout our 20+ years of trading, as well as helping thousands of individuals to gain their assessor, IQA or tutor qualifications, we have worked with some fantastic organisations to train their members of staff. This includes IBM, Activate Learning, Options Skills, Prospero Teaching, Parenta, and The National Pharmacy Association (NPA).
Given that we originally started out as a Healthcare Training and Consultancy Provider, we are especially proud to say that we are the dedicated Assessor Training provider for over 15 different NHS Trusts across the country.
In more recent years as End-Point Assessments have grown, we have trained Independent End-Point Assessors for the likes of NOCN, DSW and Elite Training Services.
So whatever industry your organisation is within, and whatever the size or location; Brooks and Kirk can train your staff to become in-house assessors, IQAs, and tutors. Request a quote for your organisation below, or give us a call on 01205 805 155.
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Across the Brooks and Kirk website, there are hundreds of blogs. But only a handful of them are from the perspective of our wonderful learners. So today’s blog is actually a guest blog from past learner Sam. Sam recently completed her CAVA course at the same time as having a baby, juggling childcare responsibilities, a job, and a masters degree to complete. Oh, and that was all during the lockdowns in the pandemic. How amazing is that?! Anyway, it’s over to you Sam…
Kids, CAVA, and the Coronavirus
“I often say that I ended up in Early Years by accident, but that, on reflection, it was where I was always meant to be. I initially trained as a secondary school teacher and planned to teach religious studies but had my head turned by a day in the nursery class while on a primary school placement and, after qualifying, I took a job in a private day nursery.
Early Years is wildly different to secondary school teaching. The skills are much more subtle but require equal commitment and professionalism to develop well. After broadening my experience with different age ranges in the nursery and taking on leadership roles I was awarded Early Years Professional Status in 2013. Following this I managed a setting, nannied for several families and worked as an EYFS teaching assistant in a state-maintained primary school. The thread running throughout my career was a love of teaching, training, and developing others; I’ve worked with numerous apprentices throughout the years and loved seeing their progress and encouraging them along the way. This, combined with a desire to raise standards in the sector, led me to consider training and assessing.
Why Brooks and Kirk?
After researching different options for training as an assessor I chose to train with Brooks and Kirk because they offered everything I needed; the ability to work from home, access to learners, quality online teaching materials and a self-paced curriculum.
Having access to learners was particularly important to me as this was something that I didn’t have in my regular employment. Whilst I was a little nervous to assess outside of my main sector, Brooks and Kirk made the process really simple and I found that it was something I had a natural aptitude for and what’s more, I really enjoyed it.
What were the challenges?
My experience wasn’t without challenges; I started my qualification in September 2020, whilst on maternity leave with my 3rd baby. My children were 6, 5 and 2 months old when I decided to take on the CAVA award, alongside working from home as a freelance writer and consultant and a Masters degree; perhaps I was a little ambitious but when I decide to do something, I do it!
The January lockdown and home-schooling delayed but did not stop my progress, I initially chose Brooks and Kirk due to their flexibility but this really came into its own during the pandemic! I completed my qualification just before my baby turned one.
How was the experience?
Studying with Brooks and Kirk was a really straight-forward process as everything was explained logically and expectations were very clear. Being able to work at my own pace using asynchronous web-based learning meant that I have been able to complete my qualification without the need to arrange or pay for childcare. Practically this has meant working later at night when the children have gone to bed, or sometimes listening to training videos whilst breastfeeding the baby! But this flexibility has been invaluable and allowed me to do something that would otherwise have been impossible.
I’m really proud that I have been able to do something to further my career alongside my responsibilities as a mum. I hope that in years to come my children will see this as an example that there’s always the possibility of doing something new if you’re willing to work at it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend studying with Brooks and Kirk to other mums; where there’s a will there’s a way!
Due to Covid-19 all of my assessment has been online, on the phone or via zoom but this has actually worked really well both in terms of logistics and in terms of assessing; it was really easy to see exactly what a learner was doing when they could simply share their screen!
For my next steps, I’m planning to finish up my Masters degree this winter and pass a driving test (because apparently I can’t just do one thing at a time!) before deciding on what to do next. Whatever I do, though, the experience of studying with Brooks and Kirk and the knowledge and skills I have developed throughout my CAVA course will stand me in good stead; being able to give good feedback, assess someone against a specific set of criteria and record information clearly and accurately are important skills across the Early Years sector whether you’re training, assessing, managing or on the floor (literally!) as a practitioner.”
If Sam’s story has inspired to you start your journey to become an Assessor, give our office a call on 01205 805 155 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are wanting to become an NVQ Assessor, you will need to take the A1 Assessor award (which is now referred to as the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement). Now, over the years, this Assessor qualification has undergone a whole host of name changes. So let’s have a look at this in more detail, just for clarity.
D32 / D33
Let’s start at the very beginning, with D32/33. This was the original holy grail of Assessor qualifications and consisted of two core units. These are the D32 (Assessing candidate performance) and D33 (Assessing candidates using different sources of evidence).
D32 provided Assessors with the knowledge about the assessment skills learners needed to demonstrate in order to pass their qualification. The unit also covered assessment planning, how to judge performance and knowledge, making assessment decisions and providing feedback.
D33 covered all of the basics from the previous unit, as well as Assessors having to demonstrate all of the assessment methods. This included assessment of performance, questioning, projects and assessment of prior achievement & learning. As you know qualifications often change throughout the years. These very first Assessor qualifications were then replaced with the A1 Award which we will take a look at.
The A1 Award was a single unit that was divided into four separate parts, so was a bit more comprehensive than the D32 / D33 units. There was more of a focus on the range of methods used for assessing candidates and covered the skills, techniques and principles of assessing competency. The four areas this award focused on were:
- Development of plans for assessing a delegate’s competence
- Judging evidence against criteria to make decisions whilst assessing
- Providing feedback and supporting candidates during assessment
- Contributing to in-house quality assurance processes
As well as holding the A1 Award, potential Assessors also needed to have a professional qualification relevant to the area in which they were going to assess.
Level 3 Certificate In Assessing Vocational Achievement
In December 2010, the A1 Award was replaced with a new qualification. This is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (also known as CAVA). This consists of three units this time, and is the only qualification that will qualify people to the same level as the A1 Award. The units are:
- Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
- Assess occupational competence in the work environment
- Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.
This qualification allows you to assess learners both in the workplace and in their learning environment. Therefore, it’s the most comprehensive Assessor qualification that you can take.
So there you have it, the evolution of the A1 Assessor course! If you would like any further information on anything we have discussed in this blog, please feel free to give us a call on 01205 805155 and our team will be happy to help.
We often receive enquiries from potential learners with regards to the D32/33 qualifications and whether they still exist or not. The short answer is no they don’t. But, an Assessor qualification does exist – it’s just changed a lot since D32/33. There is lots of old information out there which hasn’t been updated for some time, so we want to make it clear exactly how the D32/33 has evolved over the years. Let’s have a look into this in further detail.
How It Started
So back in the day, it all began with D32/33 which were two units that enabled you to gain an Assessor qualification.
D32 – Assessing Candidate Performance
This unit covered assessment planning, judging performance and knowledge, making assessment decisions and providing constructive feedback. Then the assessment skills that needed to be demonstrated were around natural performance, simulation and questioning.
D33 – Assessing Candidate Using Different Sources of Evidence
This was the larger unit which covered everything that was within D32 and more. When assessing candidates, the trainee Assessors had to demonstrate all of the following assessment methods:
- Assessment of natural performance, simulation, questioning, candidate and peer reports, projects and assessments.
- Assessment of prior achievement and learning.
These units were the very first Assessor qualifications, and they were replaced with the A1 Award.
The A1 Award was all about assessing candidates using a range of assessment methods. This award was specifically designed for assessing learners taking National Vocational Qualifications.
It was a single unit divided into four separate parts, and included a programme of training in skills, techniques and principles of assessing competency. It went into detail about how different assessment methods could be used to grade the level of competency the learner had.
The Latest Assessor Qualification
In December 2010 there was another change to the Assessor qualification and CAVA was introduced. CAVA is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement and comprises of three units:
- Unit 1 – Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
- Unit 2 – Assessing occupational competence in the work environment
- and finally, Unit 3 – Assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
There have been some intermediate Assessor courses released alongside this, including the Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment & the Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement.
Neither of these qualifications would allow you to become a fully qualified Assessor that can assess learners in a variety of environments though. Whereas CAVA allows you to assess learners in all environments (classrooms, virtual learning environments and workshops).
So we hope that has helped to clear up a bit of a confusing topic! In essence the D32/33 does still exist in the form of CAVA, but of course the units had to be updated to stay relevant to the current times.
If you would like any further information on CAVA or any of the other Assessor qualifications that we have mentioned, please feel free to call us on 01205 805155.
Are you looking for a career change but aren’t sure which qualification you need to take? Luckily for you, we have the solution! We have put together some new course bundles to help you work towards your dream career.
Whether you are looking to become an EPA, a Quality Manager, an Assessor, or an Internal Quality Assurer, we have the qualifications that you need. Oh, and – we have also added a bit of discount on these course bundles too, helping to save you some pennies! Here is some more detailed information about the new course bundles.
CAVA & EPA Bundle
The CAVA & EPA bundle gives you access to the following qualifications:
- The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
- The Award in End-Point Assessment Principles & Practice
If you are looking to become an End-Point Assessor, this course bundle is perfect for you. To become an Assessor of any type you will need to complete the CAVA course. Then if you are looking to specialise as an EPA, the award will give you the skills and knowledge to effectively do this.
As well as having these two qualifications, it is important that you are competent in the subject you are wanting to assess in. This means that, for example, if you have experience in working in the Health & Social Care sector, you would not be able to assess a Management course – and vice versa.
CAVA & Lead IQA Bundle
For anyone wanting to become a Quality Manager, we have created the perfect course bundle for you – CAVA & Lead IQA bundle. This gives you access to the following courses:
- The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
- The Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance
The lead IQA course is the most highly regarded IQA qualification, and covers three core units which will allow you to both understand and carry out the role. You will be qualified to not only quality assure qualifications, but also implement IQA processes and manage other IQA staff.
CAVA & AET Bundle
Are you wanting to become a tutor or trainer in the education sector? This CAVA & AET bundle is the perfect choice for you. It gives you access to the following qualifications:
- The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
- The Level 3 Award in Education & Training
The Level 3 AET will give you all the knowledge and skills required to deliver teaching sessions to students. It is a nationally recognised qualification, so it is essential to have if you are wanting to work with a training provider. Lots of non-educational jobs have a teaching aspect these days, so by having the Level 3 AET as well as CAVA will demonstrate you have the full host of skills.
CAVA & IQA Award Bundle
Finally, we come to the CAVA & IQA bundle. We would advise that anyone looking to become an Internal Quality Assurer chooses this qualification bundle. The following courses are included:
- The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
- The Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes & Practice
The CAVA qualification will give you the knowledge and understanding, allowing you to become a qualified Assessor. The IQA award will then enable you to quality assure both assessments and assessment decisions. You would not be able to be a Lead IQA/Quality Manager with this course though; the Level 4 Certificate is required for that job role.
If you have any questions about any of these course bundles, or would like to find out more information please give the team at Brooks & Kirk a call on 01205 805155.
Following the reform in the apprenticeship framework, each apprentice is now required to go through an End Point Assessment (EPA) with an independent Assessor. With apprenticeships becoming increasingly popular, many people are considering a career as an IEPA. First of all, it is important to work out if this is a job that you could do. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t very simple though so let’s have a look at this in more detail.
What Does An IEPA Do?
As an IEPA, your main responsibility will be ensuring that Apprentices are competent to work in their sector by the end of their Apprenticeship.
Every apprenticeship standard was written by a group of experienced professionals within that specific sector. They came to a decision about what knowledge, skills and behaviours an apprentice should have at the end of their apprenticeship. Then the best methods of assessment were chosen for each different standard.
Due to the high level of variety across the standards, each apprenticeship was given an assessment plan. This document clearly details the minimum requirements needed in order to pass the standard. This document also contains information about the minimum requirements for the Independent Assessor who is assessing the course.
The main requirement is that you need to have occupational competence in the subject that you are assessing in. Sometimes the assessment plan will also state that the IEPA has to have an Assessor qualification such as the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA). Some apprenticeships can be quite vague. All that is stated is ‘assessor qualification or experience’ – which is left entirely up to your own interpretation!
Starting The Job Search
It may seem a little basic, but a quick search on Google is often the best place to start if you are looking for a job as an IEPA. This will probably bring up some recruitment websites where EPAs are commonly advertised. Be mindful of the dates listed on these vacancies though; sometimes these roles will still be visible months after someone has been hired.
The next place we would advise to look for vacancies are with the End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs) themselves. The main responsibility of these organisations is to ensure apprentices all receive the same standard during their EPA. EPAOs employ independent Assessors directly, so they usually advertise vacancies on their own websites.
LinkedIn is often a good place to look for IEPA jobs too. Particularly as it is more of a B2B social media platform. It is always a good idea to make sure your profile is up to date; but even more so when you are looking for a new role. You never know who might stumble across your profile, particularly prospective employers. There is also a handy notification feature on LinkedIn which saves your previous job searches. So, you can receive an email when a new job is uploaded that fits your requirements.
Using The List of Approved EPAOs
There is a register of End Point Assessment Organisations which is accessible for everyone. As there are so many different subjects when it comes to apprenticeships, by looking through this register you can easily find EPAOs which are offering your sector standards. Once you know you are on the right track you can then explore their website to look for any current job vacancies.
If you work in a niche industry, the EPAO register is a very useful tool. You can quickly identify if anyone is offering an EPA for the standard which you are experienced in, so then you can approach them directly.
There are often lots of EPA jobs advertised on LinkedIn, either within specific group pages or on company profiles. Any time you are looking for a new role it is important to make sure your LinkedIn profile and experience is all up to date. You never know who might take a look, particularly if you are actively applying for roles. Once you have searched for ‘EPA vacancies’ on LinkedIn you can save this search and add a notification so that each time a new role comes up you will receive an email.
Overall, the easiest way to find new vacancies is by using the list of approved EPAOs. Once you are on this website you can easily filter by the standards that they provide. Using this EPAO list is also really useful if you work in a specialist sector as you can easily see if anyone is currently offering End-Point Assessments for this standard. You can then approach the EPAO directly to see if they have any vacancies.
Many EPAOs turn to freelance Assessors in order to carry out their End Point Assessments. This is mainly because then the EPAO isn’t required to cover the usual HR expenses. It also means that they can hire on demand. If there is a drop in apprentices carrying out their qualifications, then the EPAO isn’t paying for a member of staff that is perhaps only required on a part-time basis.
End-Point Assessment Courses
Of course, there aren’t currently any courses that alone make you a qualified End-Point Assessor. However, there are CPD courses you can take. In fact, in January 2021 we started delivering our very own EPA Award; the Award in End-Point Assessment Principles and Practice. This course has been designed to give you all the knowledge and skills behind being an End-Point Assessor (and it only takes roughly 6 hours to complete!).
If you would like to learn more about how to become an Independent End-Point Assessor, please contact the team at Brooks and Kirk on 01205 805 155 or email email@example.com.
Stepping out into the world of freelance is a very daunting experience. The more research you can carry out in advance the better. That way you can make a fully educated decision on whether it is the right career move for you. It is safe to say that the ‘gig economy’ has seen a real surge in recent years, and this is only going to continue to grow post-pandemic.
It doesn’t seem to have happened in just one sector either. There has been a rise of freelancers in the Childcare, Construction and Health & Social Care industries. The increased flexibility seems to be the biggest attraction, as being a freelance Assessor means that you have complete control of your own schedule. Of course, the downside to this is that you may not have a steady income. Plus, you will have to wear many different hats as a business owner, not just being an Assessor.
If you are someone that relies on a secure, regular income, then becoming a full-time Assessor is probably the best option for you. There is always going to be a need for Assessors within organisations, so the work will always be there. With the government trying to push businesses to take on apprentices, there is only going to be an increased demand for Assessors within the workplace.
When you sign a full-time, permanent contract it is the responsibility of the employer to look after you and ensure things like taxes are all taken care of. There will often be added perks of being employed too, such as; sick and maternity pay, paid annual leave and your pension will also be taken care of.
The main drawbacks of full-time employment are the strict working hours and policies. There is very little freedom and you have to complete the work that is assigned to you, no questions asked. Within larger organisations, it can be quite competitive so getting a foot in the door to begin with is challenging. It is always better if you look for promotion within a company as you will be adding more value.
Contracting can refer to being a self-employed Assessor, or a freelance Assessor. You can choose to work either completely on your own, or you could be contracted out by another organisation. This option gives you the best of both worlds as you will have a steady, reliable income; but the freedom to choose your own hours and schedule.
One of the main advantages of going freelance is that you can charge exactly what you like! As a rule of thumb, freelancers tend to earn around three times more than someone who is permanently employed. You do have to remember that you are responsible for your own taxes, national insurance and pension though.
Another benefit is that you can pick and choose your workload. So if there is a particular project that you aren’t interested in, you simply don’t have to do it! This means that you can take on more projects that you are passionate about, which in turn will give you more happiness.
A downside to contracting is that you are not an employee; so if for any reason you need to take a sick day (or just want a day off), you won’t be paid. You also won’t be entitled to any other employee benefits such as bonus pay or maternity/paternity leave.
Which Should You Choose?
So as you can see, there are a whole host of advantages and disadvantages of either being a contracted or employed Assessor. It really depends on your personal circumstances as to which would be the best option to fit your lifestyle. Both options have their own benefits, but we hope this has helped to explain the key points for you. If you are looking to make the switch between employment and unemployment, you might want to have a read through our ‘day in the life’ series to see what a typical day for a freelance Assessor looks like.
If you have any questions or would like any further information on how to become a qualified Assessor, please call the team at Brooks and Kirk on 01205 805155.
With so much uncertainty at the moment when it comes to the world of work, many people are taking the plunge and launching their own businesses. Giving them financial freedom and more flexibility to fit work around their lifestyle. Becoming a freelance Assessor may sound like a daunting prospect, but sometimes you have to take that leap of faith in order to move forward in life.
Imagine a life that isn’t based around the monotonous 9-5 structure, where you can fit in that lunchtime gym session or walk in the park with a friend mid-afternoon. To begin with, yes, you may not have financial stability as you start to build the business up, but that will come in time. So how do you turn this fantasy into a reality? Let’s have a look at the steps you need to take in order to become a freelance Assessor.
Qualifications You Will Need
If you are wanting to become an Assessor, you firstly need to take some qualifications to demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge required in order to assess learners. The best qualification for this is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) as it is the most comprehensive, and is the only course that will fully qualify you as an Assessor.
There are 3 core units that form the CAVA qualification:
- Understanding Principles & Practices of Assessment
- Assess Occupational Competence In The Work Environment
- Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge & Understanding
Another qualification that is often studied alongside CAVA is the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET). This course is ideal for anyone wanting to teach adult learners, which is why it works in tandem with Assessor qualifications. So if you are considering freelancing for colleges or Apprenticeship Training Providers, it is best to achieve both qualifications.
As well as having an Assessor qualification under your belt, you will also need to be able to demonstrate occupational competency. Putting this into simple terms, what we mean is you need to show that you have experience in the industry or field that you plan on assessing in. So even if you gained the CAVA qualification, but had no experience within Health & Social Care, this wouldn’t give you the right of passage to assess Health & Social Care apprentices.
What A Freelance Assessor Does
It is likely that you will be working with more than one candidate at a time, so good time management and organisational skills are essential. The main responsibility of a freelance Assessor is to visit the apprentice in their place of work, and assess whether their skills meet the standards of the apprenticeship.
As well as observing and monitoring their progress, you will need to firstly identify what the apprentice knows, and what they are capable of doing. Once you have determined this, you can come up with an action plan to help give the apprentice the skills and knowledge they require.
Regular Freelance Assessor Schedule
We have written several ‘day in the life’ style blogs where we have looked at a standard day for an Assessor, so feel free to go back through and have a read of those. As a rough guide, here are some of the typical activities that a freelance Assessor is involved in:
- Planning and delivering vocational training programmes
- Observing and assessing apprentices in their place of work
- Grading the documentation from the apprentice
- Keeping a record of the apprentice’s progress
- Providing regular feedback to the apprentice
If you are ready to take the next step and become a freelance Assessor, the team at Brooks and Kirk are here to support you through the process. Get in touch today to find out more about the right Assessor course for you, and we can get you enrolled straight away. Call us on 01205 805155.