About on-job assessment

Assessment is at the heart of industry training. On-job assessment allows  trainees to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in real work settings. On-job assessment has a real impact on the trainee, workplace and people undertaking the assessment. 

The workplace is an authentic environment for assessing the progress, skills, knowledge and competencies of trainees. 

On-job assessment provides opportunities for trainees to demonstrate and/or gather evidence about what they have done, and then present this in a way that shows their ongoing learning, progress and competence.

What does it involve?

Our assessment process is all about getting our skilled registered assessors to make professional judgments on trainee competency, using our unit standards as the basis for these decisions.

Skills Active assessors are looking for trainees to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that is required of the qualification, in their day-to-day work. 

Assessors can belong to a workplace, or they may be contracted in to do an assessment for someone. 

Evidence collection is a big part of assessment. Collecting evidence in our context means: observing, recording and verifying information that occurs naturally in the trainee's workplace. It's how we know that someone has picked up the relevant skills and knowledge.

Getting the assessment process right means having good structures and systems in place before, during and after the assessment.

Peers, managers and supervisors play an active role in effective on-job assessment. They give trainees support, help observe and collect evidence that a trainee is able to demonstrate particular skills and knowledge, and they facilitate the final assessment process. 

Assessment is a big job, and requires the support of lots of people! Helping put these systems in place is our bread and butter at Skills Active.

How it works

Step 1: Setting up assessment

Step 2: Assessing the trainee

Step 3: Review and moderation

Why do it?

There are lots of benefits to on-job assessment

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

The assessment uses real work tasks rather than artificially created tasks

Assessment can be conducted over time

Assessment against qualifications can be integrated with workplace practices and training 

Assessment methods can be adjusted to suit the workplace situation and the trainee.