NVQ Assessor: The Essential Skills and Qualifications Needed to Excel in the Role
NVQ assessors play a critical role in vocational education and training by assessing candidates’ occupational competence in various settings. They work across a range of sectors, including education, health and social care, hospitality, construction, and engineering, to name a few. If you’re interested in pursuing a career as an NVQ assessor, you’ll need to have the right qualifications, skills, and experience. In this article, we’ll explore the essential skills and qualifications needed to become an NVQ assessor. We will also provide answers to some common questions you may have.
What qualifications do I need to become an NVQ assessor?
Qualifications and Requirements:
To become an NVQ assessor, you’ll need to have a certain level of occupational competence in the area you wish to assess. This means you should have experience working in the industry or sector you’ll be assessing and a relevant qualification. For instance, if you want to assess learners in construction, you’ll need a qualification in a construction-related field and have worked in construction.
You’ll also need to have completed an assessor training course, such as the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA). Additionally, you’ll need to possess good communication and interpersonal skills, as you’ll be working closely with candidates and other stakeholders.
How do I become an NVQ assessor?
NVQ Assessor Training and Development:
If you already have occupational competence, as discussed above, you’re well on your way to becoming an NVQ assessor. The final piece of the jigsaw you’ll need to complete is an assessor qualification. The course covers the assessment process, assessment methods, and developing assessment plans. The training provider will assess your knowledge and skills through written assignments, practical assessments, and observations of your assessment practice The most widely recognised assessor qualification is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, (CAVA). It usually takes around six months to complete.
How do I become an A1 assessor?
The A1 assessor qualification is no longer available. It was replaced in 2010 by the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. However, if you already hold the A1 qualification it will still be valid. You’ll need to keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date through regular continuing professional development (CPD) activities. This also applies if you hold the even older D32/33 assessor qualification.
How much do NVQ assessors get paid?
Challenges and Rewards of the Job:
Successful NVQ assessors are highly valued and can earn a good salary. The average salary you can expect is around £25,000 to £35,000 per year depending on experience and sector.
As an NVQ assessor, you’ll face various challenges, such as managing your workload and dealing with difficult candidates. However, the job also offers many rewards. These include the opportunity to work in a dynamic and rewarding field and to help candidates achieve their goals.
In summary, to become an NVQ Assessor you need:
- a relevant qualification in the area you’ll be assessing
- an assessor qualification
- occupational competence.
By completing an NVQ assessor course and obtaining the necessary qualifications, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to assess NVQ candidates. The job can be challenging but also highly rewarding and offers a good salary and opportunities for career progression.
Steve is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
He provides Educational Consultancy to the 19+ sector as well as being an Assessor, IQA, EPA and Digital Marketing Professional. When not doing any of these he finds time, every now and then, to write blogs and articles.