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The Assessor's Role

The following list summarises the key aspects of the role of the Assessor, however it is not exhaustive.

As the assessor you have to use your professional judgement to make assessment decisions. You have to decide whether the evidence meets the standard(s) or not. When making assessment decisions, ask yourself the following:

Valid Is the assessment method chosen appropriate to the standards being assessed? Will it produce evidence relevant to the standards?
Authentic Is it the candidate’s own work?
Current Does the evidence exemplify the current level of the candidate’s performance? Was it produced, for example, within the last two years?
Reliable How does your assessment decision compare with other assessors within the centre? Is there a consistent approach?

Sufficiency does not mean lots of evidence – it is having an appropriate balance between Performance Evidence and Supporting Evidence. The evidence should demonstrate competence over time.

Performance Evidence is first hand evidence of a candidate carrying out their job role. This includes the outputs of performance (i.e. Work Product [►Work Product ] and Observation [►Observation] of performance). It is the principal and fundamental method of demonstrating competence.

Supporting Evidence is evidence that underpins Performance Evidence such as Questioning [►Questioning], Professional Discussion [►Professional Discussion] and Witness Testimony [►Witness Testimony]. Supporting Evidence plays a key part in triangulation and can be a useful way of proving competence over time. Evidence should not show the same process multiple times, e.g. three examples of Work Product covering the same PIs. It should demonstrate the candidate’s competence in different ways i.e. via a mix of evidence types. This demonstrates breadth of scope

Safe Good Triangulation [►Triangulation] of evidence (i.e. a range of different evidence types) helps you make a secure assessment decision.