Assessor Qualifications

New assessor qualifications became available in January 2011. This means that more people have access to assessor qualifications than previously available under the old A1 & A2 qualifications.


There are now 3 separate assessor units and you can choose to do any combination of the 3 units.  The three units are:


Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment - This is a knowledge-only unit about how to carry out assessments.


Unit 2: Assessing Occupational Competence in the Work Environment - This is for those who assess in a work environment and use the following types of assessment methods: observation, examining work products, oral questioning and discussion, witnesses, learner statements and prior achievement.


Unit 3: Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding - This is for those who assess in vocationally-related situations e.g. classrooms or workshops and who use the following types of assessment methods simulations, skills tests, questions, assignments, projects, case studies and prior achievement.

Qualification   Units included
Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment   Unit 1
Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment   Units 1 & 2
Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement   Units 1 & 3
Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement   Units 1, 2 & 3

Not sure how these relate to you?

Call us and an assessor trainer will talk with you to discuss your requirements and recommend which qualification would be most suitable.

PM Training and Assessing Ltd's Approach to Assessors Qualifications

From our experience it is essential that assessors have some training on how to do assessments before trying to achieve one of the qualifications. Therefore we do a 2 day training course which covers all of the information and skills assessors need to start on their qualification. For those assessing IRSE assessments (see home page) we can also provide extra training on the IRSE paperwork and procedures.


Each assessor-candidate is then assessed on an individual basis. For candidates undertaking units 2 and/or 3 they must have the opportunity to assess at least 2 candidates on 2 units each (total 4). The assessor will observe them with each of the candidates at some point during the assessment process. The assessor candidate must also put together a portfolio of evidence.  What needs to go in the portfolio will be covered on the 2 day course.


For more details and pricing please get in contact via our contact page.

Upcoming Course Dates


We are currently running an online assessor course, followed by your trainer observing some of your assessments at a later date. Please get in touch with us to learn more.