Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (TAA). Desma Moshou. AIMS OF TODAY’S SESSION. Revision of the VET-related acronyms Understanding the components of a Unit of Competency Understanding the principles of assessment Planning assessment tools. Assessment. Definition:
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AQTF means the nationally agreed quality arrangements for the VET system
Among other requirements AQTF requires RTOs to ensure that assessment:
classify skill level
recognise prior learning
identify training gaps
confirm learning progress
evaluate trainingPurpose of Assessment
In competency-based assessment, the assessor must:
This is where the candidate needs to learn the skills and knowledge first, and the assessment is conducted:
This is where the skills and knowledge have already been gained, and the candidate is ready to be assessed against the relevant criteria / benchmarks without needing to go through a training program.
This ‘assessment only’ pathway can be referred to as:
The four principles of assessment are crucial to effective assessment in VET.
It is critical that all assessment situations reflect these principles.
The validity of assessments is reflected by:
The reliability of assessments is reflected by:
To be fair, an assessment should:
To be flexible assessment should:
An assessor informs all candidates that she will be conducting assessments in two day's time at 2pm during their normal work routine. One candidate tells the assessor that she will not be available on that day as she is required to attend a meeting. The assessor tells her that she cannot make another time and that she will have to wait twelve months for the next assessment to take place.
Steve has just been assessed loading and unloading a small goods vehicle. The assessment was a fairly easy process and he didn’t have to do anything too difficult. Three months later Steve is assessed again by a different assessor. This time the assessment seems much more difficult and he was required to do a variety of things. To his surprise, Steve is found to be ‘not yet competent’.
An assessor has been working in the mining industry for 25 years, and conducting various assessments for the last ten. Recently he has become involved in CBT assessment of new recruits after they have undergone some training.
He believes that every assessment conducted should include some written material, as good literacy is vital in performing a job well. He insists that all candidates either answer some written questions or write a short paper on the area of competency no matter what it is.
An assessment event has been organised for the coming Tuesday at a factory. The candidate arrives feeling incredibly nervous, and really does not feel well or up to the assessment. When he meets the assessor, she says not to worry its just nerves, they will pass. The candidate insists that he does not feel well, and does not think he can achieve competence. Disregarding that, the assessor wants to continue. They go through the assessment and the candidate is found to be not yet competent.
These state that assessment must produce evidence which is:
Can be primary or secondary evidence
The assessment plan in detail
Rosie is planning to assess a candidate in the retail industry. David, the candidate, has let her know he is ready to be assessed. Rosie has a quick look at the unit of competency against which she is assessing, since she has not done an assessment on this unit in a while. She thinks about the sorts of assessment methods she can use on the way home from work, and jots down some notes. She phones David and tells him that the assessment will involve observing him carrying out the job function and some question and answer time. When the day comes, she heads off to his workplace and is not expected by the employer. Nobody has told him an assessment is going to take place, but it goes ahead anyway. Rosie finds David and asks him to perform the job function. She has a copy of the competency unit with her and uses that as a reference, whilst taking notes on what he is doing. Then she asks him some questions. The phone in the office they are using rings, and Rosie lets David answer it.
David telephones his assessor, Rosie, to let her know he is ready to be assessed. Rosie and David discuss the details, when, where and how the assessment will be conducted, what evidence will be required and how the evidence will be gathered. Rosie contacts David's employer straight away to arrange the time away from work and the environment for assessment. Then she gets the unit of competency to be assessed and begins interpreting the standard for assessment. She asks herself what evidence is required to demonstrate competence and takes notes, designs a checklist and writes some questions she will ask him.
What do you think an assessment
validation process is?
How often do you participate in
The Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) requires that all RTOs conduct regular
Validations are intended to ensure consistency, fairness and equity with regard to assessment and assessment processes
Assessment for this unit will be based on: