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We can absolutely guarantee you three things. These are: 

  • It’s free
  • You won’t find another assessor training provider in the whole of England offering it
  • Finally, if you’re looking to become an assessor, you will want it!

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End of the summer holiday. Start of a new career?

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We hope you all enjoyed your ‘summer’ bank holiday, even though it felt like the furthest thing from ‘summer’! Now that the summer holidays have all but drawn to a close, are you ready for the kids to go back to school and return to your standard daily routine? If not and you much prefer the idea of being able to spend more time with your children, not just during working weeks but in the holidays as well, then it may be worth looking into a career as an NVQ assessor. 

It’s likely that you are already aware of the role of an NVQ assessor if you are reading this article, but if you aren’t then hopefully our ‘What do assessors actually do?‘ section on our NVQ Assessor FAQ page should be very useful. 

One of the main reasons that thousands of people every year look at becoming NVQ assessors, is for the flexibility that this career choice offers. In recent years, more and more assessments are being carried out online. For freelance assessors, this means that they can work from anywhere at any time. So if you were to start a new career as a freelance assessor, you could say goodbye to your 8-6 or 9-5 daily routines. Instead, you could just turn on the computer and work when you want to work each day. 

So if you can feel the post-summer holiday blues kicking in, then why not get in touch to find out more about what becoming an assessor involves and whether it is something that you may be interested in? We are only a phone call or email away!

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Why do people become NVQ assessors?


Thousands of people across the country are currently training to become NVQ assessors. Although these to-be NVQ assessors will all have different backgrounds and competencies, a lot of them will share one thing in common, and that’s the reasoning for why they chose to train as NVQ assessors. We have listed below the most common reasons for why people train to become assessors.

If you feel like you can relate to any of the reasons below, then maybe training to become an NVQ assessor is something you would like to find out more about

New kid, new career

It’s very common for parents who have been out of work for a long time to look for a more flexible career, so that they can fit their work life around their personal life rather than vice versa. The flexibility that a career as a freelance NVQ assessor can offer is very appealing to most people who still want to be spending a lot of time with their children, but without the drop in income. Freelance assessors can carry out knowledge based assessments anywhere at any time. This means that the only time they really have to leave the comfort of their own home is to carry out competency based assessments at the learners workplace. 


Thankfully the number of redundancies are significantly down on what they were 5 years ago but sadly there are still a significant number of people every month who face redundancy and need to find a new career. For a lot of people, training up as an NVQ assessor is a logical career move. This is because there are only two things that you need to become an assessor; occupational competence and your assessor qualification. If you have had years of experience working in a certain role and even picked up some qualifications along the way, then that’s the occupational competence box ticked. All that is left then, is to get your assessor qualification. Once you have completed your assessor course, you are in a position to start applying for jobs as an NVQ assessor, of which there are many.

Something different

Quite a lot of our learners chose to become an assessor just because they felt like they wanted to do something different. For a lot of people, if they have been working in one sector for 10, 20 or even 30 years, the thought of starting a fresh career using the experience they have built up over the years can be very exciting and appealing. For instance, if you have been working as a chef for 20 years, then it could be the case that you would like to spend a bit more time outside of the kitchen, helping others to develop their career by using the knowledge and skills you have gained from your experience. 

In-house assessing

Not everyone looks to train to become an NVQ assessor for a ‘new start’, some are just looking to build on their existing role within their organisation. An increasing amount of organisations are now using in-house assessors to train up their workforce, as oppose to bringing in assessors from external training providers. If you would like to find out more about in-house assessing then our In-house assessing for your organisation post should be worth a read.


For others, starting a career as an assessor is more a need than a want. We have spoken to quite a few to-be assessors who were experienced in the construction trade. They felt that whilst their brains were still extremely competent within the construction sector, their bodies weren’t quite in peak physical condition. So they were looking to take a step away from the hands-on side of the sector and move more towards the training side. If you have been working in a physically demanding industry for years and feel like you aren’t as competent as what you once were with the physical side of your job role, then maybe training to be an NVQ assessor will be ideal for you. 


Whatever your motivation, or your reasoning, Brooks and Kirk are here to help you build your NVQ assessing career.

If you have any questions or queries, then please call us on 01205 805 155.


NVQ Assessor FAQ (2019 Update)

NVQ Assessor FAQ (2019 Update)

If there’s one thing that over 20 years’ experience in the Further Education (FE) industry teaches you, it is that nothing ever appears to be simple in FE. So, if you have been trying to find out what you need to become an assessor, but you just can’t make heads or tails of what information is out there, no worries. We have put together a page just for you. Using research from literally thousands of enquiries and our extensive industry-knowledge, we have put together a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions. Whether you just want to know how to become an assessor or what all of these acronyms are that you have heard about, our FAQ should help. 

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How do I Become an Assessor?

Generally speaking, in order to become an assessor, you need two things. These are; occupational competence and the appropriate assessor qualification.

Occupational competence is basically the ‘knowing your stuff’ part. You need to have a good amount of experience working in the occupation for which you want to assess learners in. When it comes to applying for assessor jobs, you will be asked to show evidence of your occupational competence as well. So, you can use prior qualifications and experience of working in relevant job roles as evidence for this. 

Then there is the assessor qualification. If you don’t already hold an accredited assessor qualification, you will need to attain one. The most highly regarded assessor qualification is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA). This will not only qualify you to assess learners in any learning environment, but it will also qualify you to assess their occupational competence in the workplace. Upon completion of this course and providing you have sufficient occupational competence, you would be qualified to assess learners completing NVQs and Apprenticeships.

What does an NVQ Assessor do?

As an NVQ Assessor, you would be responsible for supporting and guiding learners through their vocational qualifications. You would collect various different types of evidence from your learners to meet all of the learning outcomes from within their qualifications.

Here’s an idea of the kind of tasks which you would be expected to perform as an NVQ assessor:

  • Plan and deliver NVQ training programmes and workshops;
  • Observe candidates’ competency in their workplace;
  • Examine candidates’ portfolios of evidence;
  • Question candidates about how they would deal with non-standard situations;
  • Provide feedback and offer advice if the standards are not met;
  • Sign off the NVQ when all the requirements have been met;
  • Keep records of candidates’ progress, according to the requirements of the NVQ awarding bodies;
  • Attend standardisation meetings with other assessors;
  • Work closely with training staff and candidates’ line managers.

How does the CAVA compare to the A1, D32/33 or TAQA?

For those of you that have already done a bit of digging into assessor training before arriving here, you may have seen all sorts of acronyms being thrown around! We have designed a page with exactly you in mind if that is the case. 

If you would like a really short and concise explanation; the CAVA is the ‘top dog’ assessor qualification (I suppose you could say). It forms part of the latest suite of assessor qualifications (often referred to as TAQA) which replaced the A1 Award back in 2010. But before the A1, there was the D32/33. The D units were the first accredited assessor qualifications.

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What is TAQA?

TAQA stands for Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance. It is the name for the current suite of Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance qualifications. So, ‘TAQA’ is not ‘a qualification’; it is instead, an umbrella term that covers a branch of qualifications. 

We are aware of how confusing this particular term can be for people. Simply because there are so many assessor job vacancies that just refer to ‘a TAQA’ or ‘the TAQA’. Which to all intents and purposes, makes it sound like it should be a qualification. However, as you now know, it isn’t.

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Are the old D32/D33 and A1/A2 qualifications still valid?

In short, yes. HOWEVER, this is dependent on a couple of things. Firstly, you need to have been working in a suitable job role which has involved assessing and/or training. Secondly, you absolutely have to have an up to date Continuing Professional Development record. Ideally, part of your CPD should have involved you achieving the knowledge-based unit from the most up to date assessor qualifications (UPPA). 

If you have been out of assessing for a while, then we would certainly recommend completing the most suitable assessor course from the latest suite of assessor qualifications. Have a look at our Assessor Qualifications page to find out what the most suitable qualification will be for you. 

What Level would I be Qualified to Assess up to?

The answer to this question will depend on a few different factors. It will depend on your previous qualifications, your previous experience, the requirements set out by the awarding organisation for the qualifications you want to assess and your employer’s policies.

That is why this is such a tricky question to answer. However, for wanting of a simple answer; you will be able to assess up to whatever level you can evidence occupational competence for. For example, if you have been working in a certain industry for over 7 years and you have got a Level 3 NVQ in that occupation, you will be able to assess up to level 3 in your area of expertise. However, it’s not always that straightforward. The linked page below should provide you with a more thorough understanding. 

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What are the job prospects like for Assessors?

Obviously, the demand for assessors varies based on which industry it is that you are looking at assessing in and where it is that you are based. Nevertheless, there tends to be a quite a good demand for assessors, particularly in the following industries: Health and Social Care, Childcare, Business services (Business Admin, Customer Service, Team Leading etc.), Construction and Hair & Beauty. The thing is, where there are apprenticeships and vocational qualifications, there are assessors needed. So, it is just about making sure that you have the suitable qualifications and experience and know the right places to look for these jobs. 

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What does the Assessor course involve?

As you will have seen if you have already visited our Assessor Qualifications page, there are in fact four current assessor qualifications. So, obviously it would depend on which qualification you choose when it comes to finding out what the course involves.

Regardless of which qualification you choose you will either a cover a combination, or all of the units below. 

  • 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

Essentially, Unit 1 is the theory based unit and units 2 and 3 involve assessing two candidates. Unit 2 requires you, as the trainee assessor, to assess 2 candidates in the workplace. Whereas, Unit 3 involves you assessing 2 candidates in a learning environment, like via a Virtual Learning Environment for example. You will find that the vast majority of assessor training providers will require you to have access to the learners to assess. However, there are a select few (including ourselves), that can provide you with access to the learners to assess.

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What’s the Difference Between the 4 Assessor Qualifications?

To explain the difference between the four assessor qualifications, it might help to know what each one is called and which units they cover. To make it as simple as possible, we have listed each qualification title, what the course is known as and a brief explanation of who each course is for. 

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement


Units: 1, 2 & 3

Summary: The CAVA would qualify you to carry out all types of assessments. It qualifies you to carry out vocationally related assessments in learning environments (like classrooms, simulations and online learning systems). But in addition to that, it also qualifies you to assess the competency of learners within their workplace. 

Ideal for: Anyone looking to become an NVQ Assessor as a career change. 

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in a Work Environment


Units: 1 & 2

Summary: This qualification is suitable for those that only need to be able to assess learner’s in their work environment. 

Ideal for: Anyone who works for a company that wants to be able to do in-house assessments on employees completing vocational qualifications; reducing the requirement for external assessors. 

Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement


Units: 1 & 3

Summary: You can probably tell what’s coming here already… The AVRA only qualifies you to be able to assess in learning environments. Just to clarify, would not be able to carry out competency-based assessments in the workplace with this qualification. 

Ideal for: Anyone that wants to deliver classroom-based/online vocational qualifications (like knowledge-based BTEC courses).

Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment


Unit: 1

Summary: The UPPA is a single-unit knowledge-based qualification. It would only provide you with the theory behind the principles and practices of assessment. So, this assessor award on its own, would not qualify you to carry out any assessments. 

Ideal for: Anyone who has previously completed an assessor qualification. The UPPA provides previously-qualified assessors with the knowledge that they need to bring themselves up to speed with the current standard. 

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Which Assessor Qualification is Suitable for my Industry?

All of them! Whether you are experienced in Plumbing, Social Care, Hairdressing, Hospitality or Dog Grooming for that matter, it’s the same qualification you need to become an assessor. This may come as a surprise, but the assessor qualifications are industry standard qualifications.

You could think of it like this; you can get an NVQ level 3 in Management. That qualification would qualify you for a management role within your industry; whatever industry that may be. Likewise, the assessor qualification could be referred to as an NVQ Level 3 in Assessing. Because the assessment processes and practices are the same across all industries, it’s the same qualification you would need.  

We hope this has helped!

However, we do appreciate that there is a lot of information to take in there. So, if you would prefer to have a chat with someone, either to clarify a few things or even get started, please get in touch. You can either call us on 01205 805 155, or request a call back, whichever you would prefer! 

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60% of UK cities struggling due to skills shortage

According to research carried out by jobs website Adzuna, the demand for skilled workers outstripped supply in 32 out of 50 UK cities during April 2015. How can we ensure that there are more skilled workers to fill these skills gaps? 

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In order for someone to become skilled, they need training. The role of an NVQ assessor is to do just that. You can read exactly what the role of an NVQ assessor is on our ‘What does an NVQ assessor do?‘ page. But essentially, it is NVQ assessors that help people to develop their knowledge and skills in the workplace. 

It should come as no surprise when we say that there is a phenomenal demand for assessors across virtually all sectors. All you need to do is search for assessor vacancies online and within seconds there will be a flood of vacancies from across the country appear on your screen. 

If you are experienced in certain line of work and would like to do your bit in helping to close the gap in skills shortages, then why not find out if becoming an NVQ assessor could be for you? 

Call us on 01205 805 155 to find out more.


Show off your certificate and be in with a chance of winning a gift at the same time!

If you have completed your NVQ assessor course with Brooks and Kirk, then we would like you to send us a selfie with your certificate. Why? So that we can show off your success to everyone else who is considering becoming an NVQ assessor! 

We are already getting ‘Cert-Selfies’ in by the week. All of these pictures (with the learners permission) will be appearing on our website in the form of a selfie collage. You will then be able to look at your fellow newly qualified NVQ assessors and compare your picture with theirs.

And, just for a bit of fun, every month we will send a gift to the person who sends in the best CertSelfie! So, if you want yours to stand out above the rest, then it may be worth thinking outside of the box for your selfie. The more adventurous the better. 

Please send your selfies through to Sam: sam@brooksandkirk.co.uk

We look forward to receiving your CertSelfie!

Do you want a new career that could make more time for you?

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Are you becoming increasingly frustrated with not having free time? Whether you have children and didn’t get to spend much time with them over the holidays. Or, if you had to turn down holidays with friends or family because you couldn’t get the time off work. A new flexible career as a freelance NVQ assessor could be ideal for you.

Brooks and Kirk receive calls on a daily basis from people who have either just discovered the role of an NVQ assessor or have been considering becoming an assessor for a long time, but just never took that last step. The flexibility of the job and the rewarding feeling of helping others is what appeals to people the most. 

If this is the first you have heard about a career as an NVQ assessor then you should find our ‘what does an NVQ Assessor do‘ page very useful. Assessors are in high demand across a whole heap of sectors. Anyone,  an experienced hairdresser, bricklayer or carer, can become an NVQ assessor. 

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If you would like to find out if becoming an NVQ assessor could be ideal for you then you can just give us a call on 01205 355 464 and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.