PDA External Verification of Workplace Assessment

PDA External Verification of Workplace Assessment

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in External Verification of Workplace Assessment at SCQF level 9 develops knowledge and skills in monitoring assessment processes and decisions from outside an organisation and helping to maintain and improve the quality assurance systems. The external quality assurance process being conducted by the external verifier-candidate can be for SVQs, work-based qualifications or in-company standards.

This qualification is only available through centres which have been awarded a contract to deliver it by SQA..

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in External Verification of Workplace Assessment is the qualification required by External Verifiers of workplace assessment.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA in External Verification of Workplace Assessment suits those who have been appointed as an External Verifier by SQA to monitor assessment processes and decisions in its approved centres and help to maintain and improve the quality assurance systems. The external quality assurance process being conducted by the external verifier-candidate can be for SVQs, work-based qualifications or in-company standards.

Access

The external verifier-candidate needs to have an appointment as an External Verifier within SQA awarding body.

Progression

Career opportunities include Senior External 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

Knowledge will be assessed by taking part in a professional discussion with the assessor, answering written or oral questions, providing a personal reflective account or a combination of these. Performance evidence of monitoring and maintaining the quality of assessment must be provided.

The candidate’s performance as a verifier must be observed. Simulation of verification practice is not allowed

Where can you take this course?

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: GA2G 49 (12 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 9

Structure

The PDA consists of one mandatory Unit:

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