Guided Learning Hours: 54

Credit Value: 9

Level: 3


This unit is regulated by Ofqual and is listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). It is one of a number of units for assessors which have replaced the A1 and D32/33 assessor qualifications. It is aimed at people who carry out assessments in a working environment using National Occupational Standards, accredited units from nationally-recognised qualifications or other written standards. It is an optional unit in the Education and Training Qualification Level 4.


Who can enrol?

This unit would be relevant for anyone who wishes to assess competence in the work environment and has the necessary skills to show that they are occupationally competent. 


What is the focus?

EAQ’s area of expertise is in equine assisted learning and outdoor education, so the focus for this assessor award is on working out of doors with animals. This would be ideal for those who assess in settings such as alternative education in an outdoor setting, forest schools and equine establishments including natural horsemanship facilities, riding schools, horse training centres, animal rescue centres, livery yards, care farms or other outdoor provision where you need to assess competence in that working environment.  
Although the context for the delivery of this unit is in horse-based or outdoor education, this is a generic qualification and you would be able to use it to show your competence as an assessor in any area where you can show you have occupational competence.


Where can I see the unit?

This unit is regulated by Ofqual and you can read all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria on their website. 


What do the units cover?

There are two mandatory units for this qualification:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  • Assess occupational competence in the work environment.

The criteria covers:

  • Planning assessment using a range of assessment methods including observation of performance
  • Communicating with learners
  • Holistic assessment opportunities
  • Using fair, reliable and valid assessment methods
  • Making assessment decisions against specific criteria
  • Following standardisation procedures
  • Providing feedback to learners
  • Requirements for equality and diversity
  • Record-keeping
  • Evaluating own work
  • Maintaining currency of own expertise.

How will the unist be delivered?

There is a two-day course which provides the underpinning knowledge for the units and gives you an opportunity to practice your skills. This is followed by individual mentoring in the workplace providing you with the support and guidance you need to complete the qualification. You will have an assessor who will observe you working with your own learners and who will assess your skills against the criteria.


Who do I assess?

You need to have at least two learners to assess in the workplace. The learner must be working towards a recognised qualification such as those listed on the RQF, an accredited unit or other work-based standard.


How will I be assessed?

You will put together a portfolio of evidence showing how you have met the assessment criteria but you also need to be observed assessing learners in a real working situation. Simulations are not allowed for this unit so your assessor will visit you in the workplace and observe you assessing the real performance of the learner against the criteria, listen to you giving feedback and questioning the learners about their performance. 



Evidence for all learning outcomes must come from carrying out assessments in a work environment. As a minimum, there must be performance evidence for the following assessment methods:

  • observation of performance in the work environment
  • examining products of work
  • questioning the learner.

Other forms of evidence will be acceptable for the remaining assessment methods:

  • discussing with the learner
  • use of witness testimony
  • looking at learner statements
  • recognising prior achievement.


Progression route

You might progress to other assessor or internal quality assurance (internal verifier) units or use these units as part of a larger Education and Training Qualification at Level 4.



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When can I start?
You can enrol at any time and work towards the unit at your own pace. Course dates are also listed in the Events section of the website. 

How do I enrol for this?
Just send us an email or give us a call and we can let you know the dates for the next course.