QCF assessor apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeship
You'll need industry experience and a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in the job area you plan to assess. You'll also need an assessing qualification, for example:
- Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment - for assessing in the workplace
- Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally-Related Achievement - for assessing outside the workplace
- Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement - for assessing in the workplace and outside the workplace
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent.
You can do a Level 4 assessor coach apprenticeship.
You'll usually need a Level 3 assessor qualification to start, along with a qualification in the subject you want to assess. Employers will also be looking for relevant up-to-date experience.
QCF assessor apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to enjoy working with other people
- customer service skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults and have a full driving licence.
QCF assessor apprenticeships - what you'll do
- plan and deliver vocational training programmes and workshops
- observe and assess candidates in their workplace
- interview candidates and examine their portfolios of evidence
- provide feedback and offer advice
- sign off the award when all requirements are met
- keep records of candidates' progress
- attend meetings with other assessors
- work closely with training staff and candidates' managers
You could work at a client's business or in an office.
Career path and progression - QCF assessor apprenticeships
With relevant experience and qualifications you could progress to lead an assessor team, move into further education teaching or become a training manager.
You could also work as an internal or external verifier, checking the work of assessors and training centres.