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Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement


Introduction to the Qualification

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF) is regulated by Ofqual.

Qualification Purpose

These qualifications provide learners with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to perform the role of an assessor.

This qualification is intended for those who assess both occupational competence in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a workshop, classroom or other training environment rather than assessing competence in a work environment. There must be evidence to cover all of the assessment methods listed in the units.

There is no requirement for each unit to be assessed separately. Assessors are advised to adopt a holistic approach and, where possible, to use one activity as evidence for learning outcomes and assessment criteria for both units. For example, a professional discussion for the unit Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding (F/601/5319) might also provide some evidence for the unit Understanding the principles and practices of assessment (D/601/5313). In the same way, if a trainee assessor is working with a learner whose learning programme involves both assessment in the work environment and assessment in a training context, they could use evidence from these assessments both for the unit Assess occupational competence in the work environment (H/601/5314) and the unit Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding (F/601/5319). However, it is essential that evidence for the assessment criteria in each unit is identified individually.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements however learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent. Learners must be at least 18 years of age at certification


Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as:-
Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes & Practice (QCF)


Learners must achieve 15 credits from three mandatory units to be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF).

Guided Learning Hours

The credit value of a qualification is used to define how long it will take a learner to achieve, as one credit equals 10 hours of learning. These hours are made up of contact time with a teacher/assessor, referred to as guided learning hours (GLH), and non-contact time for study and assessment activities.


These qualifications are assessed through activities, which are developed by the centre, internally marked and sampled as part of quality assurance/ internal verification procedures.

Recording documents for the assessments can be found on the Management Suite.

The assessment and quality assurance process will be subject to external quality assurance/verification
Assessment must meet the requirements of the LSIS Assessment and quality assurance strategy (Appendix 1)
The recommended assessment methods for this qualification are:-

  • Practical demonstration
  • Group discussion
  • Case study
  • Written assignment
  • Observation of learner’s skills

All learning outcomes must be met to achieve a Pass – there is no grading.


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