When did you complete your assessor qualification? If you qualified as an assessor over 10 years ago and you completed the D32, D33, A1 or A2 qualifications, it may be time to refresh. Education is constantly changing and keeping up to date is vital if we want to provide our students with the best quality training and assessing. 
 

Is my old qualification still valid? 

The most up to date assessing qualification is the Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA). If you have D32, D33, A1 or A2 qualifications they will still be valid and recognised by employers and awarding bodies as long as your occupational competence and continuing professional development (CPD) are up to date. 
 
If your original qualification didn’t include the unit Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (UPPA), then it’s certainly a good idea to complete that, either as a fully accredited unit or simply as a non-accredited option, as UPPA gives you the knowledge you need to carry out your assessing role fully. 

Why should I refresh if my qualification is still valid? 

We all need to complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) every year and refreshing your assessor qualification will count towards that. 
 
If you’re an assessor, your External Quality Assurer may ask for evidence of how you are maintaining your knowledge and ensuring your practice is current: this will help towards that too! 
 
Often assessors will dip in and out of the profession. If this is you, then we’d certainly recommend refreshing your assessing qualification. This doesn’t have to be a huge task: you can make as much or as little of it as you choose. 

What are my options for refreshing? 

Distance learning: 
 
Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment unit (non-accredited): £99 
Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment unit (non accredited): £199 
Full Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (accredited): £625 
 
Contact us for more information or advice.  
 
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