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Frequently Asked Questions
What do NVQ assessors actually do?
The role of an assessor is to observe learners in their workplace, provide support and guidance by collecting evidence, assessing their abilities and enabling them to gain their desired qualifications.
As an NVQ assessor, you would be expected to be able to perform all of the following tasks in your area of expertise:
- Plan and deliver NVQ 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 NVQ 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.
How does the CAVA compare to the A1, D32/33 or TAQA course?
For those of you that have already done a bit of digging into assessor training before arriving here, you may have seen all sorts of acronyms being thrown around! We have designed a page with exactly you in mind in that case.
If you would like a really short and concise explanation; the CAVA is the most highly regarded assessor qualification. It forms part of the latest suite of assessor qualifications which replaced the A1 Award back in 2010.
What are the job prospects like for NVQ assessors?
There is a huge demand for assessors. The industries where NVQ assessors are most in demand include: Health and Social Care, Childcare, Business services (Business Admin, Customer Service, Team Leading etc.) Construction and Hair & Beauty. Where there’s apprenticeships and vocational qualifications, there’s assessors needed. So regardless of your occupation, it is almost a certainty that there is a need for NVQ assessors in your sector.
What are the Entry Requirements for assessor courses?
Most Awarding Bodies’ specifications will state that there aren’t any formal entry requirements in order to complete the qualification. This means that it is down to the training provider to decide what their own entry requirements are going to be.
How do I become an assessor?
In order to become an NVQ assessor, you need two things.
Firstly, you need to be occupationally competent in the occupation which you intend to be assessing in. Occupational competence can be evidenced through prior qualifications and experience of working in a relevant job role.
Secondly, you will need to obtain the relevant assessor qualification from the most recent suite of assessor qualifications. The most highly regarded assessor qualification is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA). This will not only qualify you to assess learners in any learning environment, but it will also qualify you to assess their occupational competence in the workplace. Upon completion of this course and providing you have sufficient occupational competence, you would be qualified to assess learners completing NVQs and Apprenticeships.
Are the old D32/D33 and A1 qualifications still valid?
In short, yes. HOWEVER, this is dependent on a couple of things. Firstly, you need to have been working in a suitable job role which has involved assessing and/or training. Secondly, you absolutely have to have an up to date Continuing Professional Development record. Part of your CPD should have involved you ensuring that you have achieved the knowledge based unit (or standard 9) from the most up to date assessor qualifications.
If you have been out of assessing for a while, then we would certainly recommend completing the most suitable assessor course from the latest suite of assessor qualifications.
What could I potentially earn as an NVQ assessor?
Full-time NVQ Assessors can potentially earn anything from £18,000 to £30,000 a year. As with any job, the better at it that you are, the higher the salary that you could earn.
If you are looking to work as a freelance assessor then it is likely you will either be paid per hour or per candidate. This means that you can determine your own income by the amount of work you want to take on.
What does the assessor course involve?
As you will have seen if you have already visited our Assessor Qualifications page, there are in fact a variety of assessor qualifications. So, obviously it would depend on which qualification you choose when it comes to finding out what the course involves.
Regardless of which qualification you choose you will either a cover a combination, or all of the units below.
- Unit 1 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
- Unit 2 – Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment
- Unit 3 – Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding
Essentially, Unit 1 is the theory based unit and units 2 and 3 involve assessing two candidates. Unit 2 requires you, as the trainee assessor, to assess 2 candidates in the workplace. You will find that the vast majority of assessor training providers will require you to have access to the learners to assess. However, there are a select few (including ourselves), that can provide you with access to the learners to assess.