PDA Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods

PDA Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods at SCQF level 8 will develop knowledge and skills in preparing for, planning and carrying out assessment of individuals in the workplace. Assessor-candidates will use the following direct methods — observation, examination of work products (both created and not created at the time of observation), and questioning. They may also be involved in authenticating indirect evidence such as discussion with candidates, testimony of others (witnesses), examination of candidate statements, assessment of candidates in simulated environments, recognition of prior learning (RPL), otherwise known as the accreditation of prior achievement (APA).

This qualification is available through training providers and colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods is one of the qualifications required by workplace assessors who assess SVQs, other workplace qualifications or in-company standards.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods is intended for assessors who assess in the workplace using observation of performance and at least three other methods.

Access

The assessor-candidate needs to have a job role that includes assessment of learners in the learner’s place of work.

Progression

Career opportunities include:

  • Assessor of SVQs and in-house competence standards
  • Internal Verifier of SVQs and in-house competence standards

Approval

Centres interested in offering this qualification should come forward for approval and contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide (510 KB). The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Group Award Specification (Arrangements Document).

How to assess

The assessor-candidate’s knowledge will be assessed by a professional discussion with their assessor or answering questions (either written or oral) or providing a statement of how and why they carried out certain activities, or a combination of these. Performance evidence of carrying out assessment in the workplace plus at least three other methods must also be provided. Each assessment should cover the full assessment cycle.

The assessor-candidate’s performance must be observed. Simulation of assessment is not allowed.

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Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: GA2E 48 (10 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 8

Structure

The PDA Workplace Assessment Using Direct and Indirect Methods consists of one mandatory Unit:

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