SQA qualifications for Assessors and Verifiers consist of individual SVQ Units and workplace Professional Development Awards (PDAs), available at SCQF levels 8 and 9. Centres can register candidates for either an SVQ Unit or the corresponding PDA. SQA is also accredited by Ofqual to offer a range of qualifications in Assessment and Quality Assurance with our QCF Units.
The Units and Awards for Assessors and Verifiers comprising the A1, A2 and V1 Units lapsed on 31 December 2010 — candidates will have until 31 December 2014 to become certificated. The Awards have been revised in line with the new SVQ Units for Assessors and Verifiers. Details of revised and lapsing Assessor and Verifier Units can be accessed below.
The existing Higher National PDAs for assessors and internal verifiers will be updated in due course to align with the revised SVQ Units, without the requirements for assessment/verification in the workplace.
SQA support materials are available from the SQA secure site via centre's SQA Co-ordinators. These include the Standards with assessment guidance and evidence requirements; CPD Toolkit and Templates; and a range of other support and guidance materials.
If you require further information on any aspect of the new awards or any approval issues, please contact SQA’s Business Development Team via email at email@example.com or by telephone on 0303 333 0330.
The SVQ Units for assessors and verifiers mirror the National Occupational Standards (NOS) because it is an SQA Accreditation requirement that there is a one to one relationship between the NOS and SVQ Units. The SVQ Units are statements of workplace competence which encompass knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge, as required by practitioners in Scotland (and SQA).
The QCF Units of Assessment are structured differently and do not need to mirror the NOS — although they are derived from the NOS, the QCF units have omitted some performance criteria from the NOS. The QCF Units also separate out knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge.
NOS specifically refer to workplace assessment, and the SVQ units of competence mirror that requirement. (The QCF Units of Assessment refer to a workplace 'environment', ie not necessarily assessment in the workplace.) It has been argued in the SCQF credit and levelling that the level of autonomy an assessor-candidate would exercise in the workplace is greater than that exercised by an assessor-candidate in a college or simulated work environment, which is likely to have more support mechanisms in place for assessor/verifier candidates.
SVQ Units/Awards are developed to be fit for purpose for the sector and then the credit and levelling process is applied as a separate, independent process. In contrast, the accreditation of QCF Units and assigning those Units a credit and level takes place at the same time, ie at accreditation, so the QCF Units were written with the aim of benchmarking them to particular QCF levels.
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The revised Assessor and Verifier Awards were available from 31 December 2010. Approval to offer the revised awards is on a new for old basis for current centres, and our Qualifications Approval and Verification section have written to centres with details.
A Checklist has been developed to help centres determine the suitability of workplace standards/qualifications that are not subject to Awarding Body quality assurance for the purposes of achieving Units LD9D/LD9DI/LD11:
|Standard||Unit code||Unit||SCQF Level||SCQF Credit||Group Award code|
|L&D9D||FD40 04||Assess Workplace Competence Using Direct Methods (92 KB)||7||8||GA28 47|
|L&D9DI||FD41 04||Assess Workplace Competence Using Direct and Indirect Methods (99 KB)||8||10||GA2E 48|
|L&D11||FD43 04||Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment (92 KB)||8||12||GA2F 48|
|L&D12||FD44 04||Externally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment (90 KB)||9||12||GA2G 49|
The following PDAs are now lapsing: