Brooks and Kirk starting training assessors back in the days of the old D32 and D22. We continued training assessors when it changed to the A1 award and we’re still training assessors now it is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (TAQA). It is true to say that Brooks and Kirk understand assessor training and the role of the assessor. To help you better understand that role we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions which can be seen below.
Q. What do NVQ Assessors do?
NVQ assessors support and assess people working towards National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), making sure that they meet the occupational standards needed to achieve the NVQ.
As an assessor your typical roles may be the following :
- plan and deliver vocational training programmes and workshops
- observe and assess candidates in their workplace
- examine candidates’ portfolios of evidence
- question candidates about how they would deal with non-standard situations
- provide feedback and offer advice if the standards are not met
- sign off the award when all the requirements have been met
- keep records of candidates’ progress, according to the requirements of the NVQ awarding bodies
- attend meetings with other assessors
- work closely with training staff and candidates’ line managers.
Q. What hours will I work?
NVQ Assessors can work either full or part-time. Each job is different so it is impossible to say what hours are required. It is important however that you may need to be able to work evenings and weekends to fit in with your candidates’ shift patterns.
Q. What could I earn?
Full-time NVQ Assessors can earn from £19,000 to over £28,000 a year. As with any job the better at it you are the higher salary you can earn
Some assessors are freelance, paid per candidate or per hour. This is ideally suited if you just want to work on a part-time basis.
Q. What do I need to become an Assessor
There are three separate assessor qualifications but for future career opportunities there is really only on that is worth considering and that is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.
It is made up of three elements (units) and covers all the skills you will need;
- Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
- Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment
- Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding
It will also be an advantage if you have qualifications in your chosen area – especially vocational qualifications at Level 3 or above.
As you will need to complete assessments in order to gain the qualification and for this you will need access to at least two NVQ candidates to assess. The better NVQ Assessor trainers are able to do this for you. Please check before enrolling on a course as without these candidates you cannot pass the qualification.
Q. Apart from qualifications what other skills do I need?
It is important that NVQ Assessors are able to get on with a variety of different types of people. Below is our list of some of the key skills and assessor needs:
- excellent communication skills, to explain the occupational standards and give feedback
- the ability to motivate and encourage people
- an interest in helping people develop
- patience and tact
- the ability to relate to people at all levels
- accurate report writing and record keeping skills.
Q. Where will I work?
You could work as an assessor in all occupational areas where vocational qualifications exist – examples include construction, care, catering, engineering, retail and business.
You could be employed by a training provider or college, or as an in-house assessor for a large organisation whose staff complete vocational qualifications. Vacancies are advertised in the press and through recruitment agency websites.