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Sam Sleight explains the changes that are happening to Apprenticeships and the different roles of an Assessor:

Before 2017, the question "How to become an assessor?" was a relatively simple one to answer. And in many ways, it still is.

However, now that there are so many websites saying different things and two new types of assessors, the answer can vary depending on your situation. 

In this article, I am going to take a look at difference between the various assessor roles that exist now and the factors you need to take into account when looking at becoming that type of assessor. 

Types of Assessors

There are basically 3 main types of assessors. These are: 

  • NVQ Assessors
  • On-Programme (OP) Assessors / Trainer
  • End Point Assessors

NVQ and On-Programme Assessors

The roles and responsibilities of both NVQ assessors and on-programme assessors are extremely similar.

In fact, in any apprenticeship where the apprentice is required to complete a vocational qualification, the on-programme assessor is also an NVQ assessor and vice versa.

OP assessors are responsible for supporting an apprentice through the 'On-Programme' element of their apprenticeship.

They carry out assessments and facilitate training where necessary, to gather the evidence required from the apprentice to ensure that they meet the standards and are ready for the end-point assessment.

For most apprenticeships, this also involves the completion of a vocational qualification. 

Similarly, an NVQ assessor also carries out assessments and provides training where necessary to evidence the learning outcomes from all of their learner's NVQ units. 

End Point Assessors

The role of an end-point assessor differs quite significantly to the two aforementioned types of assessors.

Whereas NVQ and OP assessors need to guide and support learners to help them achieve certain standards, end-point assessors just carry out one-off synoptic assessments.

The assessor scores the apprentice based on their performance during the End-Point Assessment (EPA); these scores then determine what grade they get on their apprenticeship. 

For anyone that wants to become an NVQ or OP assessor, the following section onwards will cover everything you need to know. 

If on the other hand, you just want to find out how to become an End-Point assessor, you can skip straight to that section. However, we would still recommend having a read of the following section onwards as well; it helps to put everything into context. 

Without further ado...

Worth knowing!

As I’m sure you will have noticed, there will now be two assessors involved in every apprenticeship. However, they won’t both be referred to as assessors.

In the context of apprenticeships, the End-Point Assessor will be referred to as the ‘assessor’ and the person responsible for the delivery and assessing of the learner’s vocational qualifications (the on-programme element), will be referred to as the ‘trainer’.

Also, I will end the article on quite an important note; End-Point Assessments only occur in apprenticeships.

A lot of people that we have spoken to thought that EPAs were part of all vocational courses. That is not the case. If you are just looking to assess NVQs/BTECs as standalone qualifications, then you don’t need to concern yourself with End-Point Assessments.

We hope this article has helped you to identify your next steps, whatever they may be!

Sam Sleight, Head of Marketing, Brooks and Kirk (Assessor Training) Ltd

About Sam Sleight: After starting out as a Marketing apprentice over 4 years ago, I have worked my way up to become the Marketing Manager at Brooks and Kirk. I am responsible for all of Brooks and Kirk’s digital marketing activities and ensure that anyone who comes into contact with Brooks and Kirk receive reliable and accurate advice and guidance.

About Brooks and Kirk: With over 20 years’ experience in delivering assessor and internal quality assurance qualifications, there aren’t many assessor training providers out there which can match our level of experience.

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