The second installation of our three-part series is all about the history of Assessor training. Don’t worry though, we aren’t planning on boring you with an intense history lesson! However, if you are looking to become an NVQ Assessor, it is important to understand the different Assessor qualifications.
The Different Type Of Assessor Qualifications
There is so much information online about Assessor training, that sometimes it can become a very confusing topic. It can be very hard to determine the right assessor qualification for your requirements. Here at Brooks and Kirk, we like to break things down into small, manageable chunks without any confusing jargon.
So let’s have a look at the history of Assessor qualifications by taking it right back to the days of D Units. D32/D33 were the very first Assessor qualifications and were replaced many moons ago by the A1 Award.
This was a single unit divided into four parts. It was the qualification for anyone involved with assessing learners taking NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications). This award was a programme of training in skills, techniques and principles of assessing competency. A variety of assessment methods were used, just as they are now.
In 2010, the A1 Award was replaced with a group of new qualifications, which are the current qualifications used now. They are made up of 3 core units:
Unit 1 – Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
Unit 2 – Assessing occupational competence in the work environment
Unit 3 – Assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
Together, these 3 units become the…
This qualification is the one that most employers are looking for. It’s also the one we would recommend if you are wanting to train as an Assessor. CAVA is the only qualification that will make you a fully qualified Assessor; allowing you to assess in a learning environment and a working environment. It consists of all 3 of the units above, so allows you to assess learners in any learning environment including classrooms, workshops and virtual classrooms.
Less Common Qualifications
There are three other qualifications that may crop up in your search for the right assessor qualification. These are:
This qualification is great for those who are already qualified Assessors and are looking to add to their CPD record. It is a knowledge-based unit that covers all of the theory behind the role and responsibilities of an Assessor. It is a standalone unit (Unit 1 from the list above).
This qualifies you to assess learners in their learning environment, but not in their place of work. It is broken down into two units (Units 1 and 3 on the list above). Therefore, as well as gaining insight into the roles and responsibilities of an Assessor you will also be required to carry out 2 assessments on 2 learners. You will assess the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of their role.
This is similar to AVRA; but instead it qualifies you to only assess learners at their place of work (not in their learning environment). It therefore consists of Units 1 and 2 above. You will be required to assess the occupational competence of 2 learners in their workplace. This will more than likely be via observation and one other method of assessment.
So there it is, a brief history lesson on Assessor training qualifications! It wasn’t that bad really was it? Throughout your research, you may also come across ‘TAQA’. This is not a qualification, but an umbrella term that covers all of the assessing and quality assurance qualifications. Hence why we haven’t included it within this guide.
We hope you found this blog post interesting, and in case you missed the Part 1 in the Ultimate Guide To Becoming An Assessor, we have included the link for you. Or if you’re ready, you can move on to Part 3. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us on 01205 805 155.