Contribute to assessment

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to contribute to the assessment process.


This unit typically applies to a person with technical or vocational expertise who is in a supervisory or mentoring/coaching work role and for whom collecting evidence for assessment is an adjunct to principal work responsibilities.

This unit is performed under the following conditions:

the necessary assessment tools and assessment resources to guide the evidence collection process have been provided

any adjustments to tools are determined by the qualified assessor (as defined by the Australian Quality Training Framework and the assessor requirements of the relevant training package), who provides guidance and supervision.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Clarify role and responsibilities in the assessment process

1.1 Discuss and confirm purpose of assessment with relevant people

1.2 Discuss and confirm benchmarks for assessment with qualified assessor

1.3 Access, read and clarify assessment plan with qualified assessor

1.4 Discuss and agree with qualified assessor the specific responsibilities in gathering evidence and types of evidence to be gathered

2. Confirm organisational arrangements for evidence gathering

2.1 Access and confirm relevant assessment system policies and procedures; organisational, legal and ethical requirements; and other relevant advice on assessment

2.2 Clarify nominated assessment tools and methods for collecting evidence with qualified assessor, to ensure that procedures to be followed and instruments to be used are clear

2.3 Discuss and confirm with relevant people assessment context, including candidate’s characteristics and any need for reasonable adjustments

2.4 Confirm and arrange resource requirements in consultation with relevant people

3. Collect evidence in accordance with the assessment plan

3.1 Explain assessment process to candidate, including the different responsibilities of the parties involved, and refer any candidate issues or concerns to qualified assessor prior to undertaking assessment activities

3.2 Use assessment instruments to gather quality evidence within available time and resources, according to organisational, legal and ethical requirements

4. Record and report findings

4.1 Organise and provide evidence to the qualified assessor in a format suitable for analysis according to assessment system policies and procedures

4.2 Actively seek feedback from the qualified assessor on whether evidence-gathering activities meet the principles of assessment and whether evidence collected meets the rules of evidence

4.3 Document areas for improvement in collecting evidence, for future assessment activities

Required Skills

Required skills

observation skills to observe candidate performance

cognitive and interpretation skills to ensure collection of valid and reliable evidence

organisational skills to collect evidence

time-management skills to schedule assessment events and activities

literacy skills to:

read and interpret relevant information

prepare required documentation and collate evidence in required format

communication skills to:

discuss evidence-gathering processes with practitioners and candidates

provide constructive and supportive feedback

ask appropriate questions to clarify and confirm instructions for evidence gathering

provide clear and concrete options and advice.

Required knowledge

competencybased assessment, including:

criterion referenced

competency standards as the benchmarks for assessment

competency-based reporting

principles of assessment

rules of quality evidence

different purposes of assessment

diversity of assessment contexts

evidence, including different types of evidence

evidence-gathering methods – what are assessment methods and different types of methods

purpose and features of assessment tools and assessment plans

potential barriers and processes relating to evidence-gathering procedures and assessment processes

organisational assessment system policies and procedures relevant to this unit of competency

technical or subject area being assessed

cultural sensitivity and equity considerations

relevant policy, legislation, codes of practice and national standards, including commonwealth and state or territory legislation, that may affect training and assessment in the vocational education and training sector

OHS relating to the work role, and OHS considerations to be included in collecting evidence, including:

hazard identification and risk control measures

requirements for reporting hazards and incidents

emergency procedures

procedures for use of relevant personal protective equipment

safe use of relevant equipment

sources of OHS information

role of key workplace personnel

responsibilities of learners.

Evidence Required

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:

carry out a minimum of three evidence-gathering activities, with different candidates for each activity

present documentation of the evidence in a clear and concise manner

present documented feedback from others involved in the assessment.

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

Range Statement

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.

Purpose of assessment may be:

recognise current existing competency of candidates

determine if competency has been achieved following learning

establish candidate progress towards achievement of competence

determine language, literacy and numeracy needs of candidate

certify competence through a Statement of Attainment

establish progress towards a qualification

determine training gaps of candidate

measure work performance

classify employee and support career progression

meet organisational requirements for work, such as operating equipment or developing new skills

satisfy licensing or regulatory requirements.

Relevant people must include:

qualified assessors


Benchmarks for assessment:

refer to criteria against which candidate is assessed

may be a competency standard/unit of competency, assessment criteria of course curricula, performance specifications, or product specifications.

Assessment plan must include:

purpose and aims of assessment

context of assessment

relevant benchmarks for assessment

other assessment information and documentation identified as relevant.

Assessment system policies and procedures may include:

candidate selection

rationale and purpose of competency-based assessment

assessment records, data management and information management

recognition of current competency, recognition of prior learning and credit arrangements.

Assessment tools include:

the learning or competency unit(s) to be assessed

the target group, context and conditions for the assessment

the tasks to be administered to the candidate

an outline of the evidence to be gathered from the candidate

the evidence criteria used to judge the quality of performance (i.e. the assessment decision-making rules)

the administration, recording and reporting requirements

the evidence of how validity and reliability have been tested and built into the design and use of the tool.

Assessment context may include:

environment in which assessment will be carried out

relationship between units of competency and candidate’s workplace

time period over which assessment takes place.

Reasonable adjustments may include:

taking into account candidate’s language, literacy and numeracy requirements

providing personal support services, such as arranging for:

member of the community to accompany the candidate



attendant carer


using adaptive technology or special equipment

providing flexible assessment sessions to allow for such things as fatigue or administering of medication

format of assessment materials, such as:

in Braille

in first language

use of audiotape or videotape

making adjustments to the physical environment

revising proposed assessment methods and instruments

considering age and gender

considering cultural beliefs, traditional practices and religious observances.

Resource requirements may include:

resources specific to evidence-gathering activities

access to assessors

access to policy and procedures

access to subject and technical experts

OHS requirements

plant, equipment and technology.

Assessment instruments may include:

instruments developed by an assessor as part of formative or summative assessment activities, including:

profiles of acceptable performance measures

templates and proformas

specific questions or activities

evidence and observation checklists

checklists for the evaluation of work samples

recognition portfolios

candidate self-assessment materials

instruments developed elsewhere that have been modified by the assessor for use with a particular client group.



Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.