Can I Certificate Learners with My Assessor Qualification?
A common misconception with trainee Assessors is the belief that as an Assessor, you can certificate your learners. Whilst it would be super simple if this was the case, unfortunately, it isn’t. It’s actually a lengthier process than most people think…
How Do Learners Get Certificated?
So let’s put you in the shoes of an Assessor. You’re working for a training provider, who offers a number of courses. You’re one of the provider’s Health and Social Care Assessors, so you’ve been continually assessing learner’s work throughout their time completing. As far as you can see, one of your learners has met all of the criteria and completed the qualification. You would then need to send their portfolio over to the Internal Quality Assurer (IQA). The IQA would quality check the portfolio, to make sure that the assessment decisions made by yourself are correct. They would also be checking that all necessary evidence is present.
Now the IQA can confirm that your learner has completed their qualification. However, this doesn’t mean that your IQA can certificate that learner. But it does mean that the IQA can put the learner’s certificate in to be claimed. This is with the Awarding Body that the learner’s qualification is registered with.
Following this, and as long as the awarding body is happy with the units that have been claimed and the minimum number of credits have been reached, the certificate status goes from ‘pending’ to ‘released’. This can take a few working days.
The certificate then goes to printing and is sent to you, the training provider. Finally, you can distribute the certificate to your happy, newly qualified learner!
So the answer is a pretty basic, but unfortunate, no. You cannot personally certificate your learners purely by holding an Assessor qualification; that’s the job of your training provider. However, if you’re thinking about starting your own Training Provider, then take a look at our Educational Consultancy page.