Posted by: CTC Training
Becoming a hair assessor is a natural path of progression for any hairdresser. With your support, guidance and assessing skills, you’ll be helping trainee hairdressers achieve their qualifications and establish themselves in their dream role.
Think you’ve got what it takes to become a hair assessor? Find out in this month’s article. We’ll be explaining what the role involves, which qualifications are required and the qualities you need to excel in the role.
What does a hair assessor do?
No, you won’t be assessing the quality of someone’s hair. A hair assessor doesn’t assess hair so much as they assess learners.
A hair assessor will be conducting the assessments of learners aiming to become qualified hairdressers. The role will involve observing, supporting and guiding learners through their qualification. The assessor must collect evidence from their learners to assess their ability and ensure they reach the level required to pass their course.
Just some of the responsibilities of a hair assessor include:
- Observing students’ competency in the workplace
- Examining students’ portfolio of evidence
- Providing feedback and advice to students
- Attending standardisation meetings with other assessors
- Planning and delivering training and workshops
- Questioning students about how they would deal with non-standard situations
- Signing off awards when all requirements have been met
- Keeping records of their students’ progress
What qualities do you need to become a successful hair assessor?
You will need to have previous experience in hairdressing to become a hair assessor, making the role ideal for any current hairdressers looking to make a change in their career without leaving the industry entirely.
A successful hair assessor will also need to be:
Roadmap to success – how to become a hair assessor
You should have at least 2 years of experience working as a qualified hairdresser before you can apply to assess
Begin your journey by gaining at least two years of experience in hairdressing. This depth of experience will serve as the foundation for your career as a hair assessor.
Get the level 3 in assessing vocational achievement
Take your career to the next level by obtaining a Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, a crucial step to becoming a qualified assessor.
Make sure you have up to date knowledge of hairdressing techniques, trends, and the industry
Stay ahead in the industry by continuously updating yourself on the latest techniques, trends and industry norms. This knowledge will make you a competent and modern assessor.
Tailor your CV
Craft a CV that reflects your in-depth experience and knowledge in the hairdressing sector. Highlighting your continual learning and expertise will make you a desirable candidate for assessor roles.
Start applying for roles
With a well-crafted CV, start your journey to becoming a hair assessor by applying for roles. Showcase your proficiency and industry knowledge to land the perfect job.
What qualifications do I need to become a hair assessor?
You’ll need the Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) to become a hair assessor. This qualification enables you to assess learners in their place of work or a learning environment.
The course teaches how to plan, prepare, conduct and gather evidence for assessment using a range of assessment methods. Plus, it teaches how to assess learners based on various evidence materials, such as portfolios, direct observation, witness testimony and more. Those who take the course will be required to assess the occupational competence of two learners.
The course is made up of three units:
UNIT NO:1 – Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
UNIT NO:2 – Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding
UNIT NO:3 – Assess Competence in the Work Environment
How can I enrol onto the CAVA course?
The CAVA course can be completed through CTC Training’s online learning platform. With CTC Training, you can enrol in an online learning course that can be completed at your own schedule. SImply start a course and you’ll gain access to our 24/7 student portal, where you can access course content and upload assessments at your leisure. You can pay up front or opt for a flexible payment plan. There’s no hidden fees and you can get started straight away.