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QCF assessor NVQ assessor

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) assessors support and assess people working towards vocational qualifications and help them to meet the right standards.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need work experience and a Level 3 qualification or NVQ in the sector you plan to assess. These include:

  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

The Education and Training Foundation has more information about assessor qualifications.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to motivate people
  • the ability to deliver training and lead workshops
  • excellent communication skills
  • accurate report writing and record-keeping

3. What you'll do

You'll help make sure trainees meet occupational standards. Your day-to-day tasks will depend on the type of assessments you carry out but may include:

  • planning and delivering vocational training programmes and workshops
  • observing and assessing candidates in their workplace
  • interviewing candidates and examining their portfolios of evidence
  • providing feedback and offering advice
  • signing off the award when all requirements are met
  • keeping records of candidates' progress
  • attending meetings with other assessors
  • working closely with training staff and candidates' managers

You could assess as part of a wider role within an organisation's training department, or as part of your main job.

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Some assessors are employed on fixed-term contracts and are paid an hourly or daily rate.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

You'll assess candidates in their training centre or workplace, so you may need to work evenings and weekends to fit in with their shifts.

You'll usually be based at an office or training centre and would travel to your candidates' places of work. A driving licence may be needed for some jobs.

6. Career path and progression

With relevant experience and qualifications you could progress to lead an assessor team, move into further education teaching or become a training manager.

You could also work as an internal or external verifier, checking the work of assessors and training centres.

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Last updated: 11 April 2017