To achieve an SVQ, a person has to gather evidence which proves that they can do what the SVQ standards say they have to be able to do. People do this in three stages:
the assessor looks at the evidence and makes a judgement about their competence
this judgement is recorded
Assessment is the process of seeing whether a candidate has the skills they need to be awarded an SVQ. An assessor judges the evidence of a candidate's competence against the standards. The assessor is likely to be a supervisor or manager, or trainer. It is the assessor's role to:
work closely with the SVQ candidate to identify opportunities for gathering their evidence
plan assessment with the candidate
assess the candidate's evidence against the SVQ standards, make judgements about their competence, and keep their assessment records
give the candidate feedback on these judgements so that they know where their strengths and weaknesses lie.
Once the candidate has generated and collected all their evidence, the assessor has to make one of three judgements:
the candidate is competent, or
the candidate is not yet competent, or
there is not enough evidence to make a judgement
These are the only judgements the assessor can make. Final steps The final step in assessment is for the assessor to make a careful record of his or her judgement about the candidate's competence. All the evidence this judgement is based on will be preserved or recorded so that SQA can be sure the judgement is sound. SQA will then issue a certificate to say that the candidate has been awarded the SVQ.