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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.

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.

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

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 and Support

The course is delivered by either blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet all course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. There should be evidence of learning and meeting all the assessment criteria.

Fast track is also available to candidates who can work at a faster pace and have access to learning opportunities. You will also be expected to have the capacity to meet all course requirements within a shorter time scale and ideally have evidence of prior learning.


This is the ideal course delivery as it allows all practical requirements to be demonstrated and observed in realtime. All course requirements will need to be completed within the classroom.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete part of the course by distance learning. All practical requirements of the course will need to be demonstrated or carried out either during classroom attendance or observed in realtime by video.

Distance Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course entirely or mostly by distance learning. Evidence of practice will however need to be provided in the form of work products, expert witnesses, observations or any other appropriate and suitable method that demonstrates your competency.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor on enrolment and given access to coursework, resources and learning opportunities. Course events include forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions.

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.

How long is the course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, the quality of your evidence, time, learning and assessment opportunities and your ability to study at a high level. Candidates joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits from other qualifications 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 less time. Please bear in mind that you will be required to evidence learning and participate in course activities. This is a regulated qualification that will be quality assured and monitored by awarding bodies and Ofqual. We however expect you to complete the course within 3 to 12 weeks.

What it means studying at Level 3?

You will be assessed at the same level as someone completing A-Levels. Achievement at Level 3 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment within limited parameters. You will be expected to use references and reflect an awareness of different perspectives or approaches within your area of study or work.

Entry Requirements

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’?

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 (Costs and Signing up)

Please only book if you fully meet all course entry requirements. The course fee includes registration, support, learning opportunities, assessments, moderation and certification. There are no hidden fees. You are only enrolled when we receive payment for your booking. Payment is normally expected within 5 days from your booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where this time could be extended subject to arrangement. We also consider alternative customised instalment payments. Please feel free to propose a payment arrangement that meet your needs. The full cost of the course is £430. You can also use a payment plan by making a deposit of £125 and three monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £125.