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TAQA Assessor Course

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (TAQA CAVA A1 Course) qualification is the NVQ Assessor course that allows you to assess in both a classroom and a workplace environment. With this qualification, you can assess any courses you are occupationally competent. The course has replaced the old A1 Assessor qualification and is also known as CAVA or TAQA.The course is intended for those who assess both occupational competence in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace such as workshops and classrooms.

There are currently four different assessor courses which are aimed at different settings. Please refer to our guide by clicking here.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. We welcome other evidence such as prior learning and do not just rely on assignments. This can include schemes of work, assessment reports, course resources and communication records. The course has a 84 hours guided learning requirement. You are usually expected to complete this course within 3 to 12 weeks depending on the mode of enrolment you choose.

  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Structure
  • Course Delivery
  • Assessment
  • Duration
  • Support
  • Certification
  • What can l do after completion?
  • Enrolment (Pricing and Bookings)

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements of this TAQA (CAVA) Course


This Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement course is open to anyone who is working in a learning and development environment and has access to two candidates and assessment opportunities. You need to demonstrate competency by having qualifications or experience in the subject area you want to assess. You will also be expected to have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills in line with national occupational skills for Learning and development practitioners.


Vocational Learning occasionally offers in-house placements for candidates who have skills and expertise to assess on some of our courses. Candidates who wish to be considered for a placement will need to apply by completing the form found here. An interview might be required.

You are also expected to have access to the internet, multimedia computer, printer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

Course Structure

Course Structure


The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is made up of the following three units:

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

Course Delivery

Course Delivery

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) course is delivered by either distance, blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. Fast track is also available to candidates with evidence of prior learning and those who have the time, learning opportunities and can work at a faster pace.


Distance Learning (Online)

This mode of study will stretch you as you need to self-motivate and work against the pressures of studying alone. You will need to fully participate in online activities and provide multimedia evidence whenever required.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course by distance learning and also require some face to face contact. It is also the mode of learning for all work based qualifications where observations are required. Candidates are also free to attend any of our face to face workshops.

Assessment

Assessment of thos TAQA (CAVA) Course

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. We always take a holistic approach with your assessments. You are normally expected to complete 5 Scenarios and 4 questions to address the theory part of the course.

You will need to support and assess at least two candidates who are following a vocational program where there is a clear defined assessment criteria. You will also be expected to demonstrate knowledge of assessment and carry out a minimum of four assessments that examine the skills,competence, knowledge and understanding of your two candidates. The assessments should include checking prior learning, observation of practice (in the work place) and work products, questioning and discussions. You are free to use any other additional assessment methods except simulation. By the end of the course there should also be evidence of planning assessments, giving feedback, reviewing, participating in standardisation and continuous development activities.

Duration

How long is the course duration?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of prior learning and have access to resources that will enable you to actively participate in course activities.


Candidates joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits only 2 hours for the same period.


We however expect you to complete the course within 1 to 8 weeks.

Support

Support

With pride with our support services which are designed to maximise opportunities and facilitate your learning. We aim to response to any correspondence within 72 working hours. We usually respond within minutes or hours during less busy times. All communications are tracked are audited reguarly by our team.

All candidates are allocated in assessor who also be there dedicated tutor. You can request tutorials at any time. Your assessor will also naturally schedule tutorials as part of the assessment, review and planning process.


All candidates will be given access to our portal where they can access resources (including videos, exemplars and downloads) and course work. The portal also contain features which facilitate communication between our staff and yourself. You will be able to submit your work and book appointments on the platform


We host regular teaching and support sessions by web conference. These are designed to take the place of face to face contact. Candidates will also have access to online forums where they can gain support from our team of assessors and tutors. These forums act like a classroom where peer support and learning can also take place.


Candidates will also have the opportunity of attending any of our open face to face monthly workshops at our Centre. these sessions normally take place on a Friday and Saturday. The workshops can also be scheduled in other areas such as Birmingham and London subject to demand.


We also provide an online chat which operates from 9am to 9pm (Monday to Saturday). An adhoc service runs on Sundays and during bank holidays. Our online chat can sometimes be open for longer during times when assessors and our support team is active.


Support with coursework

Candidates can complete an assessment planner prior to completing any coursework. Your assessor will then provide feedback and guidance which will help you with your write up.

Certification

Certification

Vocational Learning delivers regulated qualifications. All certificates come from an Ofqual regulated awarding body. Quality assurance activities have to take place as part of the certification process.


We will strive to get you certified as soon as you have met all course requirements and submitted your portfolio of evidence. Your work will need to be moderated internally. This will involve auditing your assessment process, quality of evidence and learning journey. We generally carry out internal moderation on a monthly basis for longer courses and within 72 hours for all short and classroom based courses.Dates are published under events.


Where we have direct claim status, your certificate is claimed as soon as our internal moderator has signed you off. Certficates claimed this way normally arrive within 10 working days.


Other portfolio of evidence will need to be either emailed or posted to the awarding body for external moderation. You will normally get your certificate within 14 working days.

What can l do after completion?

What can l do after completion?

The qualification can be used in its entirety if you are working as a Vocational (NVQ) Assessor. You can go on to complete any other learning and development courses.

Enrolment

Enrolment

You are only enrolled when you book online and make payment. Payment is normally expected within 5 days after making a booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where we might be expected to be signed up as a supplier and an order number is required. Please let us know as soon as possible if this is the case.


Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement Course

You will need to fully participate in online activities and provide multimedia evidence whenever possible.You will be expected to complete the course between 3 to 12 weeks. Candidates who are committed and work hard can study the course fast track and complete within a few weeks.

The full cost of the course is £425. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £121.25 and three monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £121.25.