How to become an Assessor

This is a question that we get asked a lot and rightly so as Assessing can be a very rewarding career. Generally speaking there are a few things to be aware of:

  • Firstly you will need to gain an Assessing Award and many people then go on to complete a basic teaching qualification too. The Assessing award has changed over the years and has been called the D32 / D33, A1 award and now is more commonly known as TAQA or CAVA.
  • You will need to be knowledgeable in the industry sector that you would like to Assess and will need to have work experience in your chosen field. The majority of our clients would be looking for someone with a minimum of 2-3 years recent work experience in order to be considered as having “vocational competency”.
  • Assessors will generally be expected to support Functional Skills as part of the Apprenticeship framework. Functional skills include literacy, numeracy and IT and so you will need to feel confident with your own levels of Maths and English to help and advise apprentices.
  • The work of an Assessor can be field based, classroom based or a bit of both. If you are a field based Assessor then you will travel to meet with your learners in their own place of work. You will normally cover a specific geographical area and will complete paperwork from home or from a local office depending on the requirements of the organisation for whom you work.
  • Some companies will take on trainee Assessors although these roles are usually filled pretty quickly as competition is high. If you really want to be an Assessor then you may wish to consider training to get the Assessing Award yourself to help get into the sector more easily. This will really help to open doors for you to start your career.

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Please find below links to Providers that can help you gain the Assessing award:

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Brooks and Kirk

There’s one thing that you should know about Brooks and Kirk… This is that we are a family grown training provider, with over 20 years experience in delivering assessor training. We pride ourselves on
delivering unique, quality and supportive assessor courses. If you are looking for an assessor training provider which has your best interests at heart, rather than just money, then you have found the right people.

For course enquiries please contact: training@brooksandkirk.co.uk or call 01205 805 155

https://brooksandkirk.co.uk/assessor/assessor-qualifications/cava/

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Liga! College, part of Liga!

Operating across 300 locations nationwide. Contact them on 0800 002 983 or info@ligauk.com. Website: http://www.ligacollege.com

Course information: http://www.ligacollege.com/qualifications/teaching-quality-assurance

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Global Impact Training

London area. Contact them on 0203 654 3903 or info@globalimpacttraining.co.uk. Website: http://www.globalimpacttrainingandhighereducation.co.uk

Course information: http://www.globalimpacttrainingandhighereducation.co.uk/dt_catalog/understand-the-principles-and-practices-of-assessment

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Let Me Play!

London area + some additional locations across the UK. Contact them on 020 3475 7511 or info@letmeplay.co.uk Website: www.letmeplay.co.uk

Course information: http://www.lmpcareers-site.com/cpd-training-listing-page

Other CPD courses also available.


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