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 suite of units which have replaced the A1 and D32/33 assessor qualifications. It is aimed at people who assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding against National Occupational Standards, accredited units from nationally-recognised qualifications or other written standards. It is one of a number of units for assessors and 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 vocational skills, knowledge and understanding 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 the vocational areas associated with working out of doors with horses or other animals or in agricultural, horticultural, conservation or environmental education.  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.  


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  vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.


How will the unit be delivered?

You will attend four training days which provide the underpinning knowledge for the unit 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 unit. 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. These learners must be working towards a nationally-recognised qualification, 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 a real person in a real working situation. Simulations are not allowed for this unit so your assessor will visit you to observe you assessing the real performance of the learners against the criteria, listen to you giving feedback and questioning the learners about their performance. 



Evidence for all learning outcomes must come from performance in the work environment.  There must be evidence to cover all of the assessment methods listed in the unit.  As a minimum, there must be performance evidence for at least three of the following assessment methods:

  • assessments of the learner in simulated environments
  • skills tests
  • oral and written questions
  • assignments
  • projects
  • case studies
  • recognising prior learning.

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


Progression route

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