Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

SQA code: GA2M 69

Ofqual code: 501/2189/3

Qualification Wales code:  C00/3350/2

Total Qualification Time: 90 hours

Guided Learning Hours: 54 hours

Credit value: 9

This qualification contains the underpinning knowledge unit which is in all assessor regulated qualifications. When offered alongside regulated qualifications in internal quality assurance, this qualification provides comprehensive coverage of regulated qualifications in assessment and internal quality assurance.

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

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges.and is offered in England and Wales. This qualification is appropriate for the assessment of RQF and CQFW qualifications.

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 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 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.


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • 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

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

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • Practitioners who assess occupational competence in the workplace and/or regulated qualifications.


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Whilst there are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification, assessor-candidates must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully. 


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.

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Qualification Structure GA2M 69 (56 KB)

The qualification requires the learner to complete both mandatory units (credit value 9).

Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (FD49 70) (3 Credits)

Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment (FD47 70 ) (6 Credits)

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How to assess

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence that details what the assessor-candidate has completed at work. 

Methods of assessment include observation, questioning/professional discussion, and inspection of supporting work product evidence.

Competence is assessed by the assessor observing the assessor-candidate demonstrating that they carry out their assessing activity competently; to the National Occupational Standards; and in compliance with the sector skills council's assessment strategy.

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