Lead Assessor Certificate (Units 1,2,3) CAVA / TAQA

This Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) qualifies you to assess learners in the workplace and classroom. 100% online L3 Assessor Course, part of our Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) portfolio.

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Lead Assessor Certificate Course Overview

Is this course equivalent to A1 or L3 TAQA courses?

This NVQ Assessor course was previously called the D32/D33 and then the A1. Around 2015 it became the new Assessor CAVA course which forms part of the Level 3 TAQA courses. This current course has no expiry and after doing this assessor course you can assess NVQ, QCF, RQF courses and Apprenticeships in your area of expertise. 

Who is this online Assessor course suitable for?

This lead assessor course is suitable for anyone to become a fully qualified assessor in their area of specialism. If you have the relevant subject expertise you can become any type of classroom and work-based assessor e.g. beauty assessor, construction CSCS assessor, health & safety assessor, fitness assessor, health and social care assessor, early years assessor, retail assessor, hospitality assessor, catering assessor, etc.

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This Lead Assessor certificate is suitable for you if you assess your learners in the classroom as well as in the workplace with real customers or equipment.

If you assess learners only in their workplace or on-site then click here.

If you assess learners only in the classroom then click here.

If you don't have learners right now then you could still do the Assessor theory unit.

How long does it take to complete this course and how is it delivered?

Our CAVA Assessor course is 100% online and completely self-paced. We allow 9 months for completion which is ample time for even the busiest of schedules. On average students complete the course in 2-3 weeks if they have the assessments all lined up with their learners.

Why choose ELN for your Assessor training?

  • Unlimited Personal Tutor support - live 1:1 video tutorial for induction 
  • ISO 9001 and ISO 29993 certification - quality assured for your peace of mind
  • Live Tutorials on Zoom with Peer Discussions
  • Interest-Free Monthly Instalments - get full access to the course and tutor on the first payment
  • No Hidden Charges
  • Group Discounts - email on [email protected] straight away
  • Quick Certification - due to Direct Claims Status with all our Awarding Bodies
  • Pearson Edexcel / NOCN accreditation - 2 of the largest Awarding Bodies in the UK and abroad
  • Classroom-based in-house 3-4 day course + blended options available

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Key details

CAVA Course Credits: 15

CAVA Course Duration: 9 months

We will conduct a detailed personalised 1:1 initial assessment/interview with you before you begin your Level 3 Assessor course.

Evidence for all learning outcomes must come from carrying out assessments as part of your job. The assessment methods acceptable for Unit 2 are work-based (observation, witness testimony, questioning etc) and the assessment methods for Unit 3 are classroom based (tests, quizzes, portfolios etc). 

If you don't currently assess learners then you should do the theory only assessor unit - L3 Award in Understanding Principles and Practices of Assessment.

If you assess learners in the workplace only then please go for the Competence Assessor course - Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment.

If you assess your learners in the classroom only then you choose the Classroom Assessor course - L3 Award in Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge & Understanding.

L3 Lead Assessor Course Requirements

This course is available for all candidates who fulfil the following criteria:

Age range: 19+

Core skills: There are no formal entry requirements for this training course however candidate must have reading and writing skills in order to complete the course

Access to Internet using a laptop / pc / tablet using up to date Windows, Android or Apple operating systems.

Access to two learners who you assess in the classroom and in the workplace. You can use different learners for the classroom and workplace assessments, if required. 

CAVA Course Brochure

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L3 Lead Assessor Course Tutors

  • Tony Lamsdale Tony Lamsdale

    Tony is one of ELN's most popular tutors for AET, CET and sometimes the Assessor courses too. He has been involved in training since the mid 1990’s and has experience in both the private and public sector. He has taught a variety of subjects including Engineering, Explosives, Advanced Driving & Riding and Professional Development. During his time in the industry, Tony worked with a number of universities where he sat on a number of boards advising on course development, gave lectures and sponsored projects. When Tony is not in the classroom (or online!) he enjoys the outdoor life and is happiest when riding his Ducati.

  • Cordelia Castle Cordelia Castle

    Cordelia (aka Dee) supports students on our Assessor courses. She has many years of training experience both in workplace and college environments. She holds a number of qualifications in learning & development including the Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training, Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement and Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes & Practice. She is also a mentor for The Girls Network Charity who inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.

L3 Certificate in Assessing Course Outline

  1. Understand the principles and requirements of assessment
    • Explain the function of assessment in learning and development
    • Define the key concepts and principles of assessment
    • Explain the responsibilities of the assessor
    • Identify the regulations and requirements relevant to assessment in own area of practice
  2. Understand different types of assessment method
    • Compare the strengths and limitations of a range of assessment methods with reference to the needs of individual learners
  3. Understand how to plan assessment
    • Summarise key factors to consider when planning assessment
    • Evaluate the benefits of using a holistic approach to assessment
    • Explain how to plan a holistic approach to assessment
    • Summarise the types of risks that may be involved in assessment in own area of responsibility
    • Explain how to minimize risks through the planning process
  4. Understand how to involve learners and others in assessment
    • Explain the importance of involving the learner and others in the assessment process
    • Summarise types of information that should be made available to learners and others involved in the assessment process
    • Explain how peer and self-assessment can be used effectively to promote learner involvement and personal responsibility in the assessment of learning
    • Explain how assessment arrangements can be adapted to meet the needs of individual learners.
  5. Understand how to make assessment decisions
    • Explain how to judge whether evidence is sufficient, authentic, current
    • Explain how to ensure that assessment decisions are made against specified criteria, valid, reliable, fair
  6. Understand quality assurance of the assessment process
    • Evaluate the importance of quality assurance in the assessment process
    • Summarise quality assurance and standardization procedures in own area of practice
    • Summarise the procedures to follow when there are disputes concerning assessment in own area of practice
  7. Understand how to manage information relating to assessment
    • Explain the importance of following procedures for the management of information relating to assessment
    • Explain how feedback and questioning contribute to the assessment process
  8. Understand the legal and good practice requirements in relation to assessment
    • Explain legal issues, policies and procedures relevant to assessment, including those for confidentiality, health, safety and welfare
    • Explain the contribution that technology can make to the assessment process
    • Evaluate requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism in relation to assessment
    • Explain the value of reflective practice and continuing professional development in the assessment process
  1. Be able to plan the assessment of occupational competence
    • Plan assessment of occupational competence based on the following methods:
      1. observation of performance in the work environment
      2. examining products of work
      3. questioning the learner
      4. discussing with the learner
      5. use of others (witness testimony)
      6. looking at learner statements
      7. recognising prior learning
    • Communicate the purpose, requirements and processes of assessing occupational competence to the learner
    • Plan the assessment of occupational competence to address learner needs and current achievements
    • Identify opportunities for holistic assessment
  2. Be able to make assessment decisions about occupational competence
    • Use valid, fair and reliable assessment methods including:
      1. observation of performance
      2. examining products of work
      3. questioning the learner
      4. discussing with the learner
      5. use of others (witness testimony)
      6. looking at learner statements
      7. recognising prior learning
    • Make assessment decisions of occupational competence against specified criteria
    • Follow standardization procedures
    • Provide feedback to learners that affirms achievement and identifies any further implications for learning, assessment and progression.
  3. Be able to provide required information following the assessment of occupational competence
    • Maintain records of the assessment of occupational competence, its outcomes and learner progress
    • Make assessment information available to authorised colleagues
    • Follow procedures to maintain the confidentiality of assessment information.
  4. Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing occupational competence
    • Follow relevant policies, procedures and legislation for the assessment of occupational competence, including those for health, safety and welfare
    • Apply requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism, when assessing occupational competence
    • Evaluate own work in carrying out assessments of occupational competence
    • Maintain the currency of own expertise and competence as relevant to own role in assessing occupational competence.
  1. Be able to prepare assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
    • Select methods to assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding which address learner needs and meet assessment requirements, including:
      1. assessments of the learner in simulated environments
      2. skills tests
      3. oral and written questions
      4. assignments
      5. projects
      6. case studies
      7. recognising prior learning
    • Prepare resources and conditions for the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
    • Communicate the purpose, requirements and processes of assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding to learners.
  2. Be able to carry out assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
    • Manage assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding to meet assessment requirements
    • Provide support to learners within agreed limitations
    • Analyse evidence of learner achievement
    • Make assessment decisions relating to vocational skills, knowledge and understanding against specified criteria
    • Follow standardization procedures
    • Provide feedback to the learner that affirms achievement and identifies any further implications for learning, assessment and progression.
  3. Be able to provide required information following the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
    • Maintain records of the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding, its outcomes and learner progress
    • Make assessment information available to authorised colleagues as required
    • Follow procedures to maintain the confidentiality of assessment information
  4. Be able to maintain legal and good practice requirements when assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
    • Follow relevant policies, procedures and legislation relating to the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding, including those for health, safety and welfare
    • Apply requirements for equality and diversity and, where appropriate, bilingualism
    • Evaluate own work in carrying out assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
    • Take part in continuing professional development to ensure current expertise and competence in assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

L3 Assessor Certificate - Assessment

Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment

Assessed by short theory assignments x 8 and 1 peer discussion.

Assignments can be presented in the format of tables,

Work documents can be used instead of theory assignments e.g. assessment reports, policies, procedures, assessment records etc

Unit 2: Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment

Work documents including:

2 x assessment plans, assessment evidence for 2 learners, feedback records and self-evaluations.

You will also need to complete one observation with at least one of the learners. This can be done via video recording, live observation via Zoom or we can authorise a suitably qualified colleague to complete this on our behalf.

Wherever possible we will work with you to fulfil the assessment criteria using your existing work evidence.

Unit 3: Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding

Work documents including:

2 x initial assessment paperwork, 4 x assessment plans using a different assessment method each, assessment records.

You will also need to complete one observation with at least one of the learners. This can be done via video recording, live observation via Zoom or we can authorise a suitably qualified colleague to complete this on our behalf.

Wherever possible we will work with you to fulfil the assessment criteria using your existing work evidence.

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L3 Lead Assessor Course FAQs

Yes it is a NVQ qualification awarded by Pearson Edexcel and NOCN awarding bodies. It is the newer version of the old A1 course and the even older D32/D33 courses.

You can volunteer or work part-time in a local college or other educational institution to complete the requirement.

Yes, all the courses and units are self-paced and can be combined with the practical units at a later stage. We offer fantastic discounts to returning customers.

Yes, you should complete this CAVA or Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement if you want to assess in the beauty industry as this will qualify you to assess your trainees in the classroom and work environment.

We usually advise construction assessors to do the Workplace Competence Assessor course because usually, they do not assess in a classroom situation. For more sector specific advice please visit our Advice & Guidance page.

Your learners must be on a regulated course or formal qualification because you will have to evidence assessment criteria and internal / external quality assurance requirements based on which you make your assessment decisions.

Both learners need to be 16+ years of age for the Assessor course.

You can work part-time or voluntary in a local college. You can also do the theory unit now and add the practical units later.

This Lead Assessor training is for those who assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a classroom or work environment so may not be relevant. 

Yes, this CAVA training is ideal to qualify as a childcare Assessor and can be done alongside with your current role assessing apprentices. However, if you assess only apprentices and not learners on the childcare NVQ qualifications, then you might want to do the End Point Assessor course.

The CAVA covers end point assessment (EPA) which is the name of assessments for apprenticeship qualifications.

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