Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Total Qualification Time: 90 hours

This qualification covers the principles and practices of assessment including the assessment of occupational competence in the work environment.

This qualification is available through colleges, private training providers and employers.

This qualification is offered in England and is appropriate for the assessment of RQF and CQFW qualifications.

This qualification does not form part of an apprenticeship framework.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification has been developed using the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Learning and Development, and is designed to meet the assessor requirements of sector skills councils as defined in their assessment strategies.

Successful achievement of the award qualifies the holder to deliver and assess vocational qualifications in the work environment.

Holders can then build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of this qualification when working towards achieving another qualification, such as the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (GA2X 70), or gaining employment.


The qualification is designed to provide candidates with:

  • the requisite knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices that underpin assessment
  • the skills of assessing occupational competence in an individual’s work environment


The primary purpose of this qualification is to equip assessor-candidates with the requisite skills, knowledge and understanding for the assessment of occupational competence in the work environment.

Candidates’ performance is assessed via a portfolio of evidence that details the activities they have completed. The evidence is produced by various methods of assessment appropriate to the task being carried out, for example, direct observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the candidate to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are, therefore, competent in their role.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a knowledge- and competence-based qualification, candidates will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification, assessor-candidates need nine credits. They must complete two mandatory units from the following structure:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  • Assess occupational competence in the work environment


Candidates may progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (GA2X 70) on successful completion of the additional unit: Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding (FD48 70); 

The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment can lead to employment as a qualified trainer and assessor in work-based learning.

What approvals are needed?


Centres must come forward for approval and should 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.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

This qualification requires the candidate to complete two mandatory units (nine credit points).

Group award code: GA2M 69 (9 credit points)

Regulated code: 501/2189/3

Qualification title

SQA Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
(GA2M 69)

Qualification level


Credit value




Guided learning hours (GLH)



SQA code

Regulator code





FD49 70 D/601/5313 Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment




FD47 70 H/601/5314 Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment




Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Unit search.

How to assess

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit. 

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle

Additional information/useful links

Evidence trackers for centres are available on the SQA secure site.