NVQ assessor, training assessor
Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) assessors support and assess vocational qualifications, helping trainees meet standards.
Salary range: £18,000 £30,000
How to become a QCF assessor
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You’ll need industry experience and a minimum of a level 3 qualification in the job area you plan to assess. You’ll also need an assessing qualification, for example:
- Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment – for assessing in the workplace
- Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally-Related Achievement – for assessing outside the workplace
- Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement – for assessing in the workplace and outside the workplace
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You can do a level 4 assessor higher apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need a level 3 assessor qualification to start, along with a qualification in the subject you want to assess. Employers will also be looking for relevant up-to-date experience.
You can find out more about working as a training assessor from FE Advice.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to enjoy working with other people
- customer service skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults
- have a full driving licence
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- planning and delivering vocational training programmes and workshops
- observing and assessing candidates in their workplace
- interviewing candidates and examining their portfolios of evidence
- providing feedback and offering advice
- signing off the award when all requirements are met
- keeping records of candidates’ progress
- attending meetings with other assessors
- working closely with training staff and candidates’ managers
You could work at a client’s business or in an office.
Career path and progression
With relevant experience and qualifications you could progress to lead an assessor team, move into further education teaching or become a training manager.
You could also work as an internal or external verifier, checking the work of assessors and training centres.