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What Qualifications Do I Need to be a Trainer and Assessor?

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Trainers and assessors are valuable assets in a wide range of industries. By becoming a trainer and assessor yourself, you’ll be afforded new opportunities, responsibilities and, in most cases, a pay rise. Plus, you’ll be helping trainees earn qualifications that will propel them towards their career goals.

Sound exciting? If you’re interested in becoming a trainer and assessor, you’ll need to complete some qualifications first. These qualifications will teach you the foundations of the role and certify your skills as a competent trainer and assessor.

Here at CTC Training, we have a range of online courses available for training, see more about our Education Training Qualifications, or contact us for more information.

Trainer and Assessor

In this article, find out everything you need to know about trainer and assessor qualifications.

Which Qualifications Do I Need?

There are no universal requirements for becoming a trainer or assessor in the UK; each organisation will set its own requirements.

However, most trainer and assessor roles require two things: occupational competence and the appropriate assessor qualifications.

Occupational competence refers to proven ability and experience working in the occupation for which you wish to train and assess learners in.

You will also be expected to either have or work towards an appropriate qualification.

For assessing, the most highly regarded qualification is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF). However, there are a total of four RQF qualifications that can help you towards becoming an assessor. These are:

What Is The Level 3 Award In Understanding The Principles And Practices Of Assessment (RQF)?

The purpose of this qualification is to develop knowledge of the principles and practices of assessment without any requirement to practice as an assessor.

It takes approximately 30 hours to earn this qualification.

What Is The Level 3 Award In Assessing Competence In The Work Environment (RQF)?

This qualification is intended for assessors who assess occupational competence in an individual’s work environment.

It takes approximately 90 hours to earn this qualification.

What Is The Level 3 Award In Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (RQF)?

This qualification is intended for those who assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a workshop, classroom or other training environment rather than assessing competence in a work environment.

It takes approximately 90 hours to earn this qualification.

What Is The Level 3 Certificate In Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF)?

Unlike other qualifications which only qualify you to assess learners in a learning environment, the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF) will also qualify you to assess their occupational competence in the workplace. Successful learners will be able to evaluate vocational competencies for a range of qualifications, including apprenticeships, functional skills, teaching certificates, NVQs, awards, certificates and diplomas.

This qualification is comprised of three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1 — Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  • Unit 2 — Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Unit 3 — Assess occupational competence in the work environment

Training Qualifications

For training, you should hold the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF) – PTLLS.

This is the perfect foundation for anyone seeking to become a trainer in the workplace. It is designed to be an introductory qualification to the adult education sector, and will teach you the basic skills and knowledge required to become a competent trainer.
This qualification is comprised of three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1 — Understanding the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
  • Unit 2 — Understanding and using inclusive learning and teaching approaches in education and training
  • Unit 3 — Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

It takes approximately 120 hours to earn this qualification.

Once earned, you can progress onto more advanced courses if you wish. These include:

What Are The Responsibilities Of A Trainer And Assessor?

Responsibilities may vary depending on the organisation and industry you are working in. General responsibilities include:

  • Observing candidates’ competency in their workplace
  • Examining candidates’ portfolios of evidence
  • Questioning candidates about how they would deal with non-standard situations
  • Providing feedback and offer advice if the standards are not met
  • Attending standardisation meetings with other assessors
  • Working closely with training staff and candidates’ line managers.

Can I Complete My Qualifications Online?

Yes! You can complete all of the above courses online at CTC Training. CTC Training offers a range of online learning courses to be completed at your leisure. Simply enrol on a course and you’ll gain access to the 24/7 student portal where you can access course content and uploaded assessments any time of day, any day of the week.

Enrol today to start your journey to becoming a trainer and assessor, For any further information about our courses, contact our team.

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