Guidelines for assessors

These guidelines identify the minimum qualifications for those conducting assessments and provide for those situations where more than one person may contribute to the assessment and where the required technical and assessment competencies may not all be held by any one person.

Assessor qualifications

Assessors are generally required to hold formal recognition for three assessment related units of competency from the Training and Education Training Package (TAE10) for Training and Assessment and be technically competent in the aspect of work that is being assessed.

Under the National Training Framework, assessments for the purposes of national recognition must be undertaken in accordance with the Assessment Guidelines specified in the relevant industry or enterprise Training Package.

Whilst there are some variations between Training Packages, the following statement provides a typical description of the skills that should be held by those conducting assessments for the purposes of national recognition.

The following requirements must be met by individual assessors or between the members of an assessment team/panel conducting assessments:

A. Hold formal recognition of competence in the following units

  1. hold the following three competencies from the Training and Assessment Training Package (TAE10):
    1. TAEASS401B Plan assessment activities and processes
    2. TAEASS402B Assess competence
    3. TAEASS403B Participate in assessment validation, or
  2. be able to demonstrate equivalent competencies to all three units of competency listed in (i)

B. Demonstrate current knowledge of the industry, industry practices, and the job or role against which performance is being assessed.

This may be demonstrated through:

  • relevant work experience
  • attendance at professional development/training and education activities focusing on good practice in the relevant industry competencies
  • participation in professional/industry networks

C. Demonstrate current knowledge and skill in conducting assessments in a range of contexts.

This may be demonstrated through:

  • familiarity with the competency standards in The Training Package to be used by the candidate as a basis of assessment
  • recent experience planning, conducting and reviewing assessments and/or workplace training activities
  • participation in moderation/validation processes
  • attendance in professional development activities focused on assessment and/or workplace training
  • knowledge of the requisite assessor qualifications.

D. Demonstrate the necessary interpersonal and communication skills required in the assessment process.

This may be demonstrated through:

  • participation in professional development and/or training activities focused on effective communication in assessment and/or workplace training contexts
  • knowledge of language, literacy and numeracy issues in the context of assessment and workplace training
  • vrecent assessment and/or workplace training activities.

Licencing and registration requirements

In some cases assessors conduct assessments for licensing purposes as well as for national recognition. In these cases, assessors must meet the additional requirements, such as extra training or work experience, which may be set by the relevant statutory licensing or other industry regulatory body. Any additional requirements may be outlined in the relevant Training Package, or will be available on application from the relevant statutory licensing or other industry regulatory body.

Gaining formal recognition as an assessor

Formal recognition of competence against the units of competency from the Training Package and the technical units of competency in the relevant Training Package may be gained through the successful completion of:

  • a recognised training program offered by a Registered Training Organisation that is based on the relevant units of competency, and/or
  • a skills recognition process offered by a Registered Training Organisation that is based on the relevant units of competency.

Using qualified assessors

  • Registered Training Organisations issuing nationally recognised qualifications and Statements of Attainment must meet the requirement to use qualified assessors and ensure that all assessments are conducted in accordance with the relevant procedures.
  • All assessors who are engaged in assessing must be either:
    • employed by a RTO, or
    • acting under the auspices of a RTO, eg, an assessor working in an enterprise with a partnership arrangement with a private or public RTO.

Individual assessors, partnerships involving assessors and technical experts and assessors working in team situations in a variety of workplace and institutional contexts may undertake assessments.

More information

Business Service Training Package (BSB07) for Training and Assessment
NTIS Website

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