This unit typically applies to those who assess.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Monitor assessment practice
1.1 Work with colleagues to systematically monitor assessment practice
1.2 Actively engage with and support other assessors as they work to improve assessment practice
1.3 Analyse assessment records ensuring legal, organisational and ethical requirements are being met and appropriate advice is provided to improve record keeping
2. Coordinate assessment validation activities
2.1 Initiate validation in line with National Quality Council guidelines and organisational, legal and ethical requirements
2.2 Undertake risk assessment and analysis to determine the purpose, focus and context of validation activities
2.3 Consider and determine approaches to validation
2.4 Determine and confirm participants in validation and organise any materials and resources needed for validation
2.5 Provide guidance to support participants throughout the validation process
2.6 Finalise and process validation documentation in accordance with assessment system, legal and organisational procedures and present to relevant people, within an agreed timeframe
2.7 Identify recommendations from validation processes and forward to the appropriate authority
analysis and interpretation skills to analyse the effectiveness of the organisation's assessment validation process
communication skills to:
promote and implement quality standards
evaluation skills to evaluate validation process and determine and implement improvements
leadership skills to:
influence and motivate others
gain commitment to validation processes and make recommendations to improve processes
literacy skills to prepare required documentation and information for those involved in the assessment validation process
problem solving skills to reliably evaluate alternative solutions to validation issues
research skills to use a range of source documents to access information for validation
team and group skills to:
build relationships and networks with colleagues
encourage, accept and utilise feedback.
Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) requirements for assessment
the organisation's assessment system policies and procedures, including validation processes
different types of assessment tools, what are well-constructed assessment tools and why, what assessment methods and instruments work for what types of evidence
rules of evidence and why they are important, particularly in a validation context
assessment strategies and assessment plans and their components
purpose and focus of carrying out validation, different approaches to assessment validation and the critical aspects of validation
different activities and tools for validation
legal, organisational and ethical responsibilities associated with the assessment system.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Overview of assessment
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Evidence of the ability to:
provide support to other assessors, including modelling good assessment and validation practice
contribute positively to the work of assessors and others involved in carrying out assessments and validation
take responsibility for initiating, organising and facilitating assessment validation on at least three occasions
use outcomes of validation and appeals to improve assessment practice.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Evidence must be gathered in the workplace wherever possible. Where no workplace is available, a simulated workplace must be provided.
Method of assessment
Guidance information for assessment
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
Systematically monitor assessment practice may include:
how effectively and accurately the designated competency standards are being interpreted by assessors as the benchmarks for assessment
how the principles of assessment are being applied in assessment practice
assessors’ application of assessment tools
how the rules of evidence are being applied in gathering evidence
whether assessment is being conducted in accord with the policies and procedures of the organisation’s assessment system
whether National Quality Council, organisational, legal and ethical requirements are being met.
Purpose, focus and context of validation activities may include:
part of organisational quality assurance arrangements
addressing an identified area of risk in assessment practice and quality
demonstrating compliance with the AQTF Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)
providing evidence for external audit
providing evidence for internal audit
improving assessment practices
evaluating the quality of assessment tools
providing professional development for assessors
increasing assessor confidence
determining whether different assessors using the same tools collect the same types and levels of evidence
determining whether different assessors interpret the same evidence similarly
determining whether assessment decisions reflect the rules of evidence.
Approaches to validation may include:
analysing and reviewing assessment tools
analysing and reviewing collected evidence
analysing and reviewing assessment decisions and records of assessment outcomes
examining assessment records
examining assessment systems
discussing the assessment process, issues and difficulties in interpretation
holding interviews with each other or with management, trainers or facilitators, candidates
analysing client feedback
observing assessment conduct
using validation tools
reviewing and interpreting Assessment Guidelines in training packages
examining assessor qualifications
analysing appeals processes
recording evidence of validation processes and outcomes.
Materials and resources may include:
relevant documented assessment strategy
samples of assessment tools
copies of relevant units of competency, modules, Training Package Assessment Guidelines and course assessment requirements
copies of validation checklists and other tools
copies of organisational policies and procedures on validation
copies of relevant AQTF standards
copies of client or candidate feedback
facilities for conduct of validation.
Validation documentation may include:
reports of validation process
recommendations from validation process
copies of resources used in validation process.
This unit contains employability skills.