become an NVQ assessor

Become an NVQ Assessor

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If you have a passion for your sector and you like the idea of motivating and encouraging people from all walks of life and you enjoy working at varied locations, employment as an NVQ Assessor could be exactly what you are looking for!

To become a full-time NVQ Assessor you will need work experience in the sector you plan to assess, and an Assessor qualification.

In addition to having an interest in helping people develop their skills, a good Assessor has a great deal of patience and writes accurate reports while keeping records up to date.

NVQ Assessors support and assess people working towards their QCF qualifications in settings like colleges, training centres and their workplace. As an Assessor, your job would be to help make sure that trainees meet all the set Occupational Standards needed to achieve their qualification. Many jobs combine some teaching or training duties with the assessment work.

As an Assessor your usual tasks will depend on the type of assessments you carry out but could typically include:

  • planning and delivering vocational training programs, workshops etc
  • observing and assessing Learners, in their workplace
  • questioning Learners about how they would deal with various situations
  • examining Learners’ evidence portfolios
  • providing informative feedback, and offering advice if the standards are not met
  • keeping records of Learners’ progress
  • signing off the Award when all the requirements have been met
  • working closely with training staff and Learners’ managers
  • attending regular meetings with other Assessors

You may assess as part of a wider role within an organisation’s training department, or as part of your main job, for example, as a supervisor in the service industry or care work. You would often work with people on a one-to-one basis, but you may also undertake group work from time to time.

With continued experience, you could also work as an Internal Verifier/IQA or External Verifier/EQA (see below) which involve carrying out quality assurance checks on the work of assessors and training centres, ensuring that assessment processes are being carried out properly.

Hours & Income
Typically, an NVQ Assessor would usually work between 37 & 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, although you may need to work evenings and weekends to fit in with the shifts at the training centres with which you work.
As you would in most cases be based at an office or training centre and would travel to your candidates’ places of work, a driving licence will be needed for many Assessor jobs.
Full-time NVQ Assessors and Verifiers can typically earn £18k – £24k a year, with experience this can rise to between £25k and over £30k.
Some Assessors are employed on contracts for a specific length of time, eg Freelance, and are paid an hourly or daily rate.
The figures above are for general guidance only.

Entry requirements
To become an NVQ Assessor you need one of the following qualifications:

Further development
Once you are qualified and experienced as an NVQ Assessor, if you wish you may be able to complete further training to become an Internal or External Verifier, which involves checking that an organisation’s assessment methods meet quality standards.

To be an Internal Quality Assurer (formerly Internal Verifier) you would need:
Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
• experience of assessing in the same, or similar, occupational area to the one you will be verifying
Plus one of the following:
Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (for those who quality assure 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)

To become an External Quality Assurer (formerly External Verifier) you need:
Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
• experience of assessing in the same, or similar, occupational area to the one you will be verifying
Plus one of the following:
• Level 4 Award in External Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (for those checking assessment procedures for an external organisation such as an awarding body)
• 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)

If you are interested in becoming an assessor, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and advise you of your options.