The actual assessment is the critical part of the process. It's how we know that someone has picked up the skills and knowledge they need. It’s where all the hard work can be demonstrated and recognised.
There are three elements to the actual assessment:
Gathering and checking evidence
Submission of evidence and assessment decision
Feedback and reporting credits.
As the trainee tracks through their qualification, they will start collecting and recording their evidence against the requirements laid out in the qualification.
Evidence will be gathered in different ways and will usually be carried out in the workplace over a period of time. Evidence can include things like attestations, videos, documents, records and written work.
A trainee will typically take 6-12 months to complete a qualification, or 2-3 years to do an apprenticeship. They will be gathering evidence throughout this period and passing it onto their assessor at regular intervals.
Once the trainee submits their evidence to their assessor, their assessor then decides whether or not the trainee has met the requirement of the unit standards they are being assessed against. If the trainee is competent, they will gain the credits relating to those unit standard competencies.
The assessor will report the trainee's credit back to us, and we'll get it added to the trainee's record of achievement on the New Zealand Qualification's Framework.