Accredited Training and Skills
Scottish Qualifications Authority's Assessor/Verifier Awards
Who is it for?
People who need to gain a qualification to assess/verify the evidence produced by candidates on an SVQ/NVQ programme.
Is there an entry requirement?
No previous qualifications are required, but you must meet the occupational competence requirements of the qualification that you wish to assess. You must be working for a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) assessment centre and have access to registered SVQ candidates. You will need to fill in an application form and may be asked to attend an interview, which will give you the opportunity to ask detailed questions about the course. If you have any questions about whether this course is right for you, please contact us for advice (contact details below).
How does it work?
The course is normally held on a one-one-basis and consists of an induction plus individual tutorials. You will be assessed to ensure you meet the requirements of the national occupational standards. You will study the following: induction to A1 standards and portfolio building, overview of the assessment process, types of evidence, assessment planning, judging evidence, feedback skills and the role of quality assurance.
How will I be assessed?
As this is a work-based qualification, assessment is by means of a portfolio of evidence, which you will produce. The evidence must include you being observed carrying out relevant activities in your workplace. Your assessor will also question you for any additional evidence. Your portfolio will then be assessed both internally and externally.
You assessors are all based within the Comhairle’s Accredited Training and Skills Section. They are all Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) qualified and are practising assessors and internal verifiers with many years experience in the Learning and Development field.
For the assessment of Modern Apprentices within Comhairle Departments and work placements within the Western Isles, the service is provided free. For other training situations, the costs will depend on factors such as travel etc., see contact details below.
Induction and timescales
Induction is arranged to the mutual convenience of the candidate and assessor. When registered, a candidate will have, on average a target 18 months to complete their qualification.
SQA Centre Contact
St Lennan’s Youth Services Centre
22 – 24 Point Street
Stornoway HS1 2XF
Tel: 01851 822715
Fax: 01851 707826
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