Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

These qualifications are for people working in, or looking to enter roles in assessment. The units and qualifications will provide people who carry out assessment in their organisation with the opportunity to develop and improve their practice as well as achieving a professional qualification for the role.

To achieve the full qualification candidates must attain a minimum of 15 credits in total.

This comprises of:

Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (3 credits)
Unit 2: Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment (6 credits)
Unit 3: Assess Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding (6 credits)

Summary of assessment methods

Different units in these qualifications will include different assessment requirements and methods – all of which will be familiar to existing assessors and quality assurance staff.

For the unit where competence is being assessed methods will include:

  • observation of performance in the work environment by an assessor or witness
  • examining products of the learner’s own work
  • questioning the learner
  • discussions with the learner
  • use of others (witness testimony)
  • looking at learner statements
  • recognition of prior learning

For the units where knowledge and skills in vocationally related subject areas are being assessed methods will also include:

  • oral and written questions
  •  assignments
  • projects
  • case studies
  •  recognition of prior learning

Evidence for practical activities should be gathered from naturally occurring evidence collected in the work-related environment.

Length of time.

There is no specific timeframe for completion. This programme is considered a short course and should be completed in a reasonable time commensurate with assessment activity.