Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Total Qualification Time: 150 hours

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Competence covers the principles and practices of assessment, the assessment of occupational competence in the work environment, and the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.

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

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

The 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 award-holder for the delivery and assessment of vocational qualifications achievement in the work environment. It is also suitable for those who deliver vocational qualifications with applied learning.

Award holders can build on the skills and knowledge gained following achievement of the other smaller qualifications, such as the Level 3 Awards in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment or Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement.


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 skills of assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace


The primary purpose of this qualification is to equip assessor-candidates with the requisite skills, knowledge and understanding for the assessment of both occupational competence in the work environment, and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in non-workplace settings, such as a classroom, workshop or training 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 assessor-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, assessor-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 15 credits.  They must complete three mandatory units (15 credits points) from the following structure:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  • Assess Occupational competence in the work environment
  • Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding


The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement can lead to employment as a qualified assessor in further education or training provision as well as a 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

The qualification requires the assessor-candidate to complete three mandatory units (15 credit points).

Group award code: GA2X 70 (15 credit points)

Regulated code: 501/2181/9

Qualification title

SQA Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
(GA2X 70)

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




FD48 70 F/601/5319 Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding




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.