A1 Assessor

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This QCF Level 3 unit is designed to assess your knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of assessment.

It is likely that you will work towards achieving this unit along with:

a) Assess occupational competence in the work environment (designed for work based assessment of competence)

or

b) Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding (designed for those who assess both occupational competence in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace (for example a workshop, classroom or other training environment).

This unit, understanding the principles and practices of assessment, has to be completed alongside the one of the above `performance’ units in order for you to achieve your `assessor qualification’. However, you will receive credits for achieve of this QCF unit.

This workbook has been designed to help you to research and produce a variety of evidence to cover the knowledge and understanding in the unit. In order to achieve, you need to work closely with the Centre where you are planning to, or, are already undertaking assessment responsibilities. You will also need to agree with your Assessor for this qualification, how you plan to evidence the various knowledge and understanding statements within this unit and workbook.

There will be potential for some evidence from one of the two performance units, detailed above, to cover some of the knowledge and understanding. This product evidence can go towards supporting your knowledge and understanding claim. One piece of evidence may cover more than one assessment criteria. Again, your Assessor of this qualification will be able to help and advise you.

Before commencing this workbook, ensure you have received a full and detailed induction into the workings of the Centre where you will be undertaking assessment. This should include you having access to all its policies and procedures and those of the awarding body. Ideally you should have the opportunity to shadow an experienced assessor and, when you start to make assessments, initially you should be observed by an experienced assessor or your internal verifier. All your decisions will have to be countersigned by a qualified and occupationally competent colleague until such time as you achieve the assessor qualification.

Produced below, within the workbook, are the various learning outcomes and assessment criteria which you need to achieve. A column has been added `what you need to research, understand and evidence’. This should direct you as to what you need to do in order to be able to then think about how you want to evidence the various statements. If you decide to produce a personal statement, you can insert this in the area identified as `response’.

The final column asks you to identify the likely assessment method/evidence type which you will select to cover each of the assessment criteria. This is likely to be:

Professional discussion
Professional discussion is a structured, planned and in depth discussion recorded by the assessor. It allows you to present evidence of competence and to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding through discussing the evidence and showing how it meets the requirements of the qualification. The assessor should guide the discussion by using open questioning, active listening and knowledge of the standards. Personal statement

This is your own account of what you did or what you understand, backed up by reference to evidence or witnesses. You can also produce logs or diaries, reflective accounts, but someone who can authenticate them as a true account of what took place must countersign these.

Performance evidence

Performance evidence provides proof of what a candidate can do. Sometimes, performance evidence can also provide evidence of what a candidate knows. Performance evidence can take the form of the following:...
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