In this blog series we are going to look in detail at the Assessor role, the history of Assessor training, and assessing at different levels. By the end of the series, we hope that you will have a clear understanding of the role, and be ready to start training for your new assessing career.
What does an Assessor do?
Becoming an NVQ Assessor is an extremely rewarding role, but as you may have discovered there are a lot of things to get your head around first. We want to make this less daunting for you, so let’s first look at the role of an assessor.
The main purpose of an Assessor is to observe learners in their workplace, providing support and guidance throughout their apprenticeship. You will be responsible for collecting evidence and assessing their abilities in order to help them gain their qualification.
Some of the tasks you will be responsible for as an NVQ Assessor will include:
- Plan and deliver NVQ training programmes and workshops
- Examine candidates’ portfolios of evidence
- Provide feedback and offer advice if the standards are not met
- Attend meetings with other assessors
- Keep records of candidates’ progress, according to the requirements of the NVQ awarding bodies.
You will be the main contact for your learner, and will build a strong working relationship with them. For many people, this is the best part of the job.
Who becomes an NVQ Assessor?
We have talked about this in quite a bit of detail in our ‘Who becomes an NVQ Assessor’ blog, but we will touch on this now. This is actually quite a common question we are asked by learners, so we carried out our own research. We found that our students fell into 5 main categories:
- The Battle Weary – when the physical aspect of the job gets too much, but you want to stay working within the industry.
- The Work-Life Balancers – many of our past learners trained to become an NVQ Assessor in order to gain a better work-life balance. Whether they needed more time to look after their children, or just simply wanted more flexibility with their schedule.
- The Knowledge Givers – some people are destined to become teachers, and this group of learners said that they wanted to share all of their knowledge to others.
- The Career Changers – this is pretty self-explanatory. This group of learners fancied a change in career and many were getting bored in their current role.
- The Second Incomers – this group of learners were money-incentivised. They wanted an extra stream of income, without giving up the day job.
How to become an NVQ Assessor
A quick Google search of ‘how to become an NVQ Assessor’ can leave you feeling very confused indeed. Let’s break this down for you. The two main things you need are: occupational competence and an appropriate Assessor qualification. Occupational competence needs to be in the industry you are wanting to assess in. This can be evidenced by qualifications and experience of working in a relevant role.
The most highly regarded Assessor qualification is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA). This qualification would make you a fully qualified Assessor, able to assess a learner’s occupational competence within a workplace. Upon completion of this course, you would be able to assess learners completing NVQs and Apprenticeships. Of course you must also have sufficient occupational competence too.
Next in the series
It really is quite simple becoming an NVQ Assessor, sometimes it is just a case of finding the right article that explains it clearly for you (which we hope this has!). Take a look at the next blog in the series (The Ultimate Guide to Becoming an Assessor Part 2) where we will look at the history of Assessor training. If you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to call us on 01205 805 155.