Whether you are a newly qualified assessor or someone who has been assessing ever since it was the D32/33; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is important. The irony is, sometimes NVQ Assessors find that because they are constantly engaged with their learners and helping them to develop their careers, they themselves don’t look after their own.
This post will explore the various ways in which an NVQ assessor can keep their CPD record up to date and make sure that they are maintaining a high standard in their practice.
What actually is CPD?
As we mentioned before, CPD stands for ‘Continuing Professional Development’. It is essential in any career to continue your professional development, but we’re focusing on Assessing.
CPD is a way of managing your development as an Assessor and helps you record, review and reflect on this development. There are 5 requirements within the CPD process:
- Needs to be a documented process (CPD record);
- Be completely self-directed by you;
- Focus on learning from experience, reflective learning, and reviews;
- Help you set development goals and objectives;
- Include both formal and informal learning.
What counts towards my CPD record?
As an NVQ assessor, it’s extremely important that you are always looking for opportunities to broaden and strengthen your knowledge and skills.
Completing training courses is an effective way to ensure that you are doing just that. You don’t have to get a certificate from a nationally-recognised Awarding Organisation for it to count towards your CPD; as long as the training you have done will help you develop into a better assessor and you have evidence of completing the training, then it will do the job. Here’s an example of just a few courses that you could complete as part of your CPD as an Assessor:
- Education and Training Qualifications
- Information, Advice and Guidance Qualifications
- Refresher courses in Maths, English and ICT
- MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) – p.s – these ones are free!
It has actually become more common to see an Education and Training qualification in the requirements for an Assessor job. So it’s definitely something we would advise looking into!
Whilst we’re on the topic of courses; if you are an experienced assessor, then it’s highly likely that you will have encountered learners with specific needs. For example; have you ever thought about completing more specialist training courses for specific educational needs? This helps demonstrate that you are prepared to go the extra mile.
A great example of this could be to complete a BSL (British Sign Language) course. This way, when it came to dealing with learners who have hearing impairments, you would be able to use multiple ways of communicating with them. This kind of training is ideal for your Continuing Professional Development as an NVQ assessor.
Attending standardisation meetings will also count towards your CPD as an assessor. As an NVQ assessor, it is recommended that you attend at least two standardisation meetings a year. standardisation meetings are extremely important for training providers. These meetings ensure that all assessors are assessing at the same standard, and are all updated on any changes that may affect them. Assessors can also share best practices and personal assessment techniques.
The Lead IQA would arrange the standardisation meetings, and within them, they have the opportunity to relay any legislation changes within the sector to the delivery team.
CPD Events and Conferences are never usually too hard to find. CPD Conferences will be held for both the industry you work in, and also relating to the Assessing world. If you are aware of any changes pending for the qualification you assess, it would be a good idea to attend a CPD Event.
There is also a chance that these conferences will have an industry leader as the speaker; so don’t miss the opportunity to network with them!
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If you don’t have the time or capacity to attend CPD Conferences, a similar way to keep up to date with your sector and/or your Assessing role is a newsletter subscription. For similar reasons, if there are big changes within these sectors that you need updates on, subscribing to a good, well-informed newsletter will provide this information. Speaking of good, well-informed newsletters (if we say so ourselves…).
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Whether this has been a wake-up call for already qualified NVQ assessors, or a heads up for people who are looking to become NVQ assessors, we hope that you have found this post useful! If you’re looking into creating a CPD record, take a look at our blog on How to Write a CPD Plan.