Participate in assessment validation

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


This unit typically applies to those participating in assessment validation. It does not address leading the validation process.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Prepare for validation

1.1 Discuss and confirm the approach to validation according to defined purposes, context, and relevant assessment system policies and procedures

1.2 Analyse relevant benchmarks for assessment and agree on the evidence needed to demonstrate competence

1.3 Arrange materials for validation activities

2. Contribute to validation process

2.1 Demonstrate active participation in validation sessions and activities using appropriate communication skills

2.2 Participate in validation sessions and activities by applying the principles of assessment and rules of evidence

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

3. Contribute to validation outcomes

3.1 Collectively discuss validation findings to support improvements in the quality of assessment

3.2 Discuss, agree and record recommendations to improve assessment practice

3.3 Implement changes to own assessment practice, arising from validation

Required Skills

Required skills

planning skills to participate in validation activities within agreed timeframes

problem-solving skills to identify information that is inconsistent, ambiguous or contradictory

evaluation skills to:

determine evidence requirements from competency standards

review assessment process, tools and methods

review collected evidence

communication skills to share information in validation meetings.

Required knowledge

how to interpret competency standards and other related assessment information to determine the evidence needed to demonstrate competence, including:

criterion-referenced assessment as distinct from norm-referenced assessment

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

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

relevant OHS legislation, codes of practice, standards and guidelines, impacting on assessment

legal and ethical requirements of assessors, particularly in relation to validation activities

principles of assessment

rules of evidence.

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:

actively participate in a minimum of two validation sessions or meetings which, in combination, address the critical aspects of validation using different validation approaches and activities

clearly explain purposes of validation and the legal and ethical responsibilities of assessors

collate documentation relating to validation process in a logical manner

demonstrate communication and liaison with relevant people

provide feedback and interpret documentation in validation sessions

record contribution to validation findings.

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.

Assessment must ensure access to:

assessment reports and records

other documentation relevant to validation.

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.

Assessment system policies and procedures may include:

candidate selection

rationale and purpose of competency-based assessment

assessment records, and data and information management

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

assessment reporting procedures

assessment appeals

candidate grievances and complaints


evaluation and internal audit

costs and resourcing

access and equity, and reasonable adjustment

partnership arrangements

links with human resource or industrial relations system

links with overall quality management system.

Benchmarks for assessment:

refers to criterion against which the candidate is assessed

may be one or more units of competency or assessment criteria of course curricula.

Materials may include:

assessment tools

samples of collected evidence

documentation outlining the basis of assessment decisions

reports and records of assessment decisions

samples of benchmarks of appropriate evidence

Assessment Guidelines of the relevant training packages

information from the evidence guide of the relevant units of competency.

Validation activities may include:

analysing and reviewing:

assessment tools

collected evidence

assessment decisions and records of assessment outcomes

other aspects of assessment policies, processes and outcomes

recording evidence of validation processes and outcomes.

Participation may include comparison and evaluation of:

assessment practices

assessment plans

interpretation of units of competency

assessment methods and instruments

assessment decisions

collected evidence.



Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.