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CHOOSING A CAREER / OCT. 10, 2014
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How to Become an NVQ Assessor in the UK

Do you have a passion for helping people achieve their career goals? Are you able to give objective feedback in a diplomatic manner? If so, you may want to consider a career as an NVQ assessor.

What do NVQ assessors do?

NVQ assessors support and assess people working toward qualifications in their chosen careers. Some also provide training in their areas of expertise. Responsibilities may include:

  • Delivering training workshops
  • Assessing candidates in their workplace and/or educational setting
  • Examining and assessing candidates’ portfolios
  • Interviewing candidates in person, including asking how they would handle non-standard situations
  • When candidates fail to meet standards, providing specific feedback on how they can improve
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Collaborating with other assessors
  • Working with both training staff and candidates’ managers

Work Environment

  • Most assessors work about 35 hours per week.
  • Since assessors have to meet with candidates in their workplaces and/or educational facilities, some evening and weekend work may be needed.
  • Assessors are based in an office but frequently travel to assess candidates on-site.

Salary

 

Low end

 

Mid-range

 

High end

 

£18,000

 

£24,000

 

£30,000

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to motivate and inspire candidates
  • The ability to encourage candidates who don’t meet their qualifications
  • The ability to create and maintain accurate records
  • Patience, diplomacy, and tact
  • The ability to relate to people at all levels in what may sometimes be uncomfortable situations

Entry Requirements

Most employers will want you to hold a qualification at level 3 or above in the field you want to assess. Beyond that, qualifications vary depending on the type of assessment you want to do (workplace, educational facility, or both).

 

  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (for those who want to assess occupational competence in the workplace)
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (for those who want to assess occupational competence in an educational setting)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (for those who want to assess occupational competence both in the workplace and in educational settings)

Each of these qualifications includes a level 3 award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment. The qualifications also include practical assessments, so you would need access to at least two candidates you can evaluate as part of your training.

 Training

  • A Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Experience assessing the occupation you’ll be verifying (or a similar occupation)

 And one of the following:

  • A Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (for those who verify the work of assessors)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (for those who manage and plan the work of a team of assessors)

Additional training needed to become an external verifier

  • A Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Experience assessing in the same, or similar, occupational area to the one you will be verifying

 And one of the following:

  • A Level 4 Award in External Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (for those checking assessment procedures for an external organization, such as an awarding body)
  • A Level 4 Certificate in Leading the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (for those who manage the work of a team of external verifiers)

 Other training and development opportunities available

  • You achieve other training qualifications, such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Certificate in Learning and Development Practice.
  • You can join a professional organization that offers development resources, like the Institute for Learning or IVA Limited.
  • You could complete additional educational qualifications.

Job opportunities

  • All job sectors that require qualifications need assessors and verifiers. Examples include construction, healthcare, engineering, etc. As an assessor or verifier, you could work either in-house with a corporation or with a college or training provider.
  • You could move into a supervisory role and lead a team of assessors.
  • You could become a training manager.

 Career Development

  • Once you’re qualified and experienced as an assessor, you can train to become an internal or external verifier.

If you’re passionate about helping others achieve their career goals and can tactfully provide helpful feedback, a career as an NVQ training assessor could be just what you’re looking for.

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