Participate in assessment validation


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to participate in an assessment validation process.

It applies to assessors and workplace supervisors with assessment validation responsibilities participating in, but not necessarily leading, the process.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare for validation

1.1 Discuss and confirm the purpose, context and scope of the validation process within relevant assessment system policies and procedures

1.2 Arrange materials for validation activities

1.3 Check all documents used in the validation process for accuracy and version control

1.4 Analyse relevant units of competency and agree on the evidence needed to demonstrate competence

2. Participate in the validation of assessment tools

2.1 Demonstrate active and appropriate participation in validation sessions and activities using agreed communication methods and modes

2.2 Apply principles of assessment and rules of evidence during validation sessions and activities

2.3 Check that context and conditions of assessment include clear instructions for assessor and candidate and relate directly to the assessment conditions of the relevant unit

2.4 Check that tasks to be administered to the candidate include clear and concise instructions and an outline of evidence requirements

2.5 Check that assessment decision-making rules and benchmarks, are clear and enable consistent outcomes

2.6 Check that recording mechanisms are clear and allow for sufficient information to be recorded

2.7 Review and use assessment maps to assist in determining validity of assessment instruments

3. Contribute to validation outcomes

3.1 Discuss validation findings to support improvements in the quality of assessment in a collective environment

3.2 Discuss, agree and record recommendations to improve assessment practice

Evidence of Performance

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit, including:

actively participating in a minimum of three validation sessions that address the critical aspects of validation

clearly identifying the purpose for each validation, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of assessors

collating and presenting documentation for each validation in a logical manner

communicating and liaising with relevant people

providing feedback and interpreting documentation in validation sessions

recording their contribution to validation findings.

Evidence of Knowledge

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge to effectively complete the task outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit. This includes knowledge of:

how to determine the evidence needed to demonstrate competence in a competency-based environment

the reasons for carrying out validation and different approaches to validation that may be appropriate before, during and after an assessment

the components of assessment tools

critical aspects of validation, including validation of assessment processes, methods and products

how principles of assessment are addressed in validation

how rules of evidence are addressed in validation

work health and safety legislation, codes of practice, standards and guidelines that impact on assessment

obligations of an assessor under applicable legislation and/or standards, particularly in relation to validation activities.

Assessment Conditions

Gather evidence to demonstrate consistent performance in conditions that are safe and replicate the workplace. Conditions must be typical of those experienced in the training and assessment environment, and include access to:

the texts and tasks usually found in the workplace

units of competency and other materials used in validation sessions.

Assessors must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.






1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7

Analyses and interprets relevant policies and procedures, benchmarks and validation materials


1.1, 3.2

Records key information from the validation process accurately to meet requirements

Oral Communication

1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2

Communicates with others to confirm approaches, exchange ideas and information, articulate opinions, and reach agreement with others, using suitable tone, style and language

Navigate the world of work


Identifies, confirms and takes responsibility for adherence to policies and procedures

Interact with others

1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2

Collaborates with others and contributes to activities requiring joint responsibility and accountability

Get the work done

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.2

Organises and prioritises work commitments with a sense of what is achievable within the timeframe

Uses analytical processes in non-routine situations gathering information, and identifying and evaluating options against agreed criteria