It's in the name: people in this role assess others to determine whether they have the skills and knowledge required to gain a nationally-recognised qualification. There are acouple of different types of assessors, read about them below.

Assessors' experience and knowledge, combined with their supportive nature, communication skills and sound decision-making skills allow them to make quality judgments. 

As an assessor, you will be committed to the process of on-job training and assessment, as assessors are the cornerstone of a quality, skilled workforce.   

Key responsibilities

Preparing yourself and the trainee for assessment 

Managing the evidence verification process 

Assessing the trainee 

Providing and receive structured feedback 

Record-keeping and credit reporting 

Reviewing your assessment process  

Engaging in moderation with Skills Active. 

Key skills 

Using questioning skills in a constructive way with trainees  

Building positive relationships with trainees and others involved in the assessment process  

Giving constructive feedback to trainees and verifiers 

Following correct administration processes and keep notes on your judgments 

Ensuring the privacy of trainees  

Being committed to the responsibilities of an assessor, including taking time to review and evaluate your assessment practices and participate in post-assessment moderation and peer review  

Assessing safely. 

Workplace assessors

As a workplace assessor, you'll be nominated by your workplace and Skills Active to assess employees within your organisation

You can't assess trainees outside of your workplace, and can only assess those doing qualifications that come under your 'assessor scope'. 

Your scope will be relevant to your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications, and relates directly to the qualification(s) you will be assessing.

There are massive benefits for a workplace having  its own assessors. It means:

The trainee can be assessed without having to stop working or travel somewhere 

The assessor intimately understands the workplace and often knows the trainee 

Assessment costs are often reduced for the organisation 

It's easier to adjust assessment practices to suit the workplace situation and the trainee. 

Assessor application process

Step 1:

Application (with proposed scope) and selection. 

Get in touch  with one of our team. Once your application is approved, you'll begin assessor training. 

Step 2: 

Assessor training, registration and confirmation of scope.

Your training will involve attending an assessor workshop and completing three unit standards. When you've done that you will complete your registration and your scope will be confirmed. You can always extend your scope later on. 

Step 3: 

Moderation, mentoring and currency.

You'll start attending regular moderation, which will help grow your assessment practice. We also connect you with a Senior Assessor Mentor. Different assessor scopes have specific currency requirements. You can find these in your Assessor-Specific Requirements. Registration is valid for three years, and then must be renewed. 

How to become a workplace assessor

Assessors are chosen on the basis of the workplace needs and their skills and experience. 

We've got a solid process in place for people wanting to register as one of our assessors. Check out our  Workplace Assessor Terms of Reference.

Let us know about it 

If you're interested in becoming a workplace assessor, get in touch with one of our regional advisors to discuss your workplace needs.

Complete your application form

Our  Assessor Application Form takes you through what you need to know. 

Just like applying for a job, you'll need to get a few things in place like having an up-to-date CV and a relevant reference.  You can grab a reference form from us.

If you're a teacher or hold the relevant unit standards, we've got a process in place to recognise current competencies - you'll just need to complete this current competency attestation form.

Make sure you've got the scope for what you want to assess

To assess any given standard you need to meet certain skill and knowledge requirements. To have your application approved you need to show us that you meet these. 

You'll need to make sure you meet the Assessor-Specific Requirements, which we've put together with industry. These are different for different industries and different qualifications. Have a good read of them here.

You'll also be able to extend you assessor scope to assess against more standards at any time. 

Train up

The last piece of the puzzle is making sure you've got the skills to assess. So if you're not already registered as an assessor you'll need to attend one of our training workshops

Stay current!

Remember it's not all over once you've registered. You will need to stay current and re-register every three years.

You can find a  re-registration application form here. 

Find out more about

Evidence verifiers

An evidence verifier is the assessor's sidekick. They use a range of methods to  observe, collect and verify evidence that a trainee has the skills and knowledge required to gain our qualification 

Senior Assessor Mentors

Senior Assessor Mentors (SAMs) are in place to support the overall robustness and integrity of Skills Active assessor training and registration.

Their stories

Roving assessors

roving assessor is a registered Skills Active assessor who can assess across different workplaces outside of their own. 

Roving assessors can be independent contractors or work for a workplace, organisation, school or accredited provider and provide contracted assessment services to other organisations or workplaces. The cost for assessment is negotiated between the roving assessor (or their employer) and the client workplace or Skills Active. 

How to become a roving assessor

A roving assessor needs to be already registered as a Skills Active assessor, and actively assessing or able to demonstrate previous assessment experience.  

Check out our Roving Assessor Terms of Reference for more information about this role.

We're keen to hear from assessors who want to be considered for a roving assessor position. To apply, you'll need to complete our Roving Assessor Application Form. 

A heads up: You don't need to provide evidence of being an assessor or your moderation history, as we've got access to this information already!

If you get approved as a roving assessor, you'll  be registered on the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals 

If you're interested in becoming a roving assessor, get in touch with one of our regional advisors to discuss your eligibility!  

Forms and documents

Get in touch

If you've got any questions about how this process works get in touch with one of our Regional Advisors! We're here to help where we can and make this process a breeze.