Assessing can be a rewarding field and lead to a wide range of job prospects. It can take people off the ‘shop floor’ and into a role where they will help others learn and improve within their own industry.
Sometimes it can be mistaken that it is a difficult process to become an NVQ assessor. This blog post will aim to address exactly how you can become fully qualified in four simple steps.

Step 1 - Getting Started

Train Aid offer the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement course in six locations. Making it fully accessible to most parts of the UK. The first step is to pick where and when you would like to start your training course:

Prospective candidates have the option to pay a £120 deposit or the full £594 for the course. When paying the deposit the remaining balance is due a week prior to the training. Please call the office if you need further help with a payment plan.

Step 2 - Classroom Days

The course starts with two classroom days of attendance. On the course you are provided with a textbook, work pack and paperwork to ensure the process is as straightforward as possible.

Unit 1 (principles and practices of assessment) is completed on these initial two days leaving no essay writing to do post course. Crucially you will also get the chance to practice ‘assessing’ by watching real life videos, whilst filling out assessment documents.

Finally your teacher will support you and provide assessment criterias for your specific industry. Your teacher will also help instruct you what type of assessments to use and arrange a schedule for the forthcoming weeks.

Helpful hint - You can also complete this course via distance learning if attendance is an issue. See end of blog

Step 3 - Eight Assessments 

Simplified the idea of the NVQ assessor course is that the candidate practices assessing with the aim of then becoming fully qualified themselves. In order to do this the candidate completes four assessment on two different learners. Two of these assessments will be vocational based (training environment) and two of these workplace based (shop floor / on-site).

Your teacher will visit you to observe one of your assessments. Feedback can be provided at this time and your previous work can be checked and help given where needed. Typically this happens on assessment number 7/8. 

Helpful Hint - Your two learners do not need to be on an NVQ program, but they must be working within your own industry .

Step 4 - Certification

Once all eight assessments are completed and the observational visit has been recorded the candidate assessor is ready to become fully qualified. It will take two weeks to mark the completed work and the final step is for the nationally recognised qualification to be emailed in PDF format.

Becoming a fully qualified assessor has the potential to change the direction of a career. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to assess hairdressers & barbers, taught & assessed on NVQ childcare courses and left construction sites to enter the training / assessing side to the industry.

All of the above can be completed via distance learning for those who are pushed for time or prefer this method of learning. See the below link to the course: