We’ve been delivering Assessor training for a long time now, and we love doing what we do. But we’re going to have to be really honest about something and let out our frustrations, because it has been bugging us for a long time…
TAQA is NOT a course! You cannot be qualified in TAQA. TAQA is not an accredited qualification.
Of course, it’s perfectly understandable that people who are new to Assessing will be confused by what TAQA is. But our frustrations are with awarding bodies and job adverts who specifically ask for ‘TAQA/A1’.
After all, TAQA isn’t a qualification, and A1 is the old name for the CAVA! So, let’s straighten this out once and for all.
What is TAQA?
Alright, we’ve composed ourselves. So, TAQA is the title for a suite of qualifications. It is not a qualification itself. You cannot be ‘qualified in TAQA’.
TAQA stands for Training, Assessment, and Quality Assurance. Now, inside of TAQA, is where you will find the Assessor qualifications, along with Quality Assurance qualifications and the Adult Teaching qualifications. This diagram should help you…
So! Under ‘T’ for ‘Training’ we have:
Under ‘A’ for ‘Assessment’ we have:
- Level 3 Award in Understanding Principles and Practices of Assessment
- Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
- Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in a Work Environment
- Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
And finally, under ‘QA’ for ‘Quality Assurance’ we have:
- Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
- Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
- Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
(We’ve kindly linked all of the above qualifications to their respective pages on our website so you can easily find out which one qualifies you to do what!)
In any event, if you do happen to see any job adverts that specifically asks for ‘TAQA‘ or ‘A1‘ or ‘D32‘ – this means the Level 3 CAVA. We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again; you cannot be qualified in ‘TAQA’. Companies should not be asking for you to be as this is not factually correct.
And of course, if you have any questions about TAQA and it’s components, please feel free to drop us a comment below or give us a call on 01205 805 155.