An evidence verifier is the assessor's sidekick. They use a range of methods to collect and verify evidence that a trainee has the skills and knowledge required to gain a nationally-recognised qualification.
An evidence verifier can often be used when an assessor can't see the trainee carry out practical assessment tasks, or when someone other than the assessor is better suited to observe the trainee consistently and repeatedly performing assessment tasks that occur naturally over a period of time.
Assessors will rely on verifiers to confirm that they observed the trainee completing skills or tasks. They are also used to verify any workplace documents that show the work and skill level of the trainee and are used as evidence towards assessment.
Evidence verifiers play a very important role in our training and assessment process - the information they provide allows our assessors to make informed decisions about a trainee’s competence.
Verification should create a supportive learning environment where the verifier can give regular feedback to staff about their performance.
If there's no evidence verifier, it's because the assessor is observing evidence directly with the trainee. This happens a lot in cases where the assessors is also the trainee’s supervisor, manager or senior colleague.
Evidence verifiers have skills in:
Specific tasks they are observing
Understanding of the trainee’s job role
Knowledge of workplace policies and procedures
Good communication and relationship-building skills.
Evidence verifiers have a few key tasks in the assessment process, including:
Communicating with the assessor about the evidence they need to capture
Supporting the trainee throughout their assessment
Observing trainees completing on-job tasks and record what they see
Validating evidence of a trainee's competence in skills and knowledge relevant to the qualification
Communicating observations of evidence to assessor
Providing feedback and evidence to trainee, workplace and assessor.
As an evidence verifier you need to be based in the workplace of the trainee. You'll generally be someone who is in a management or supervisory role. This means you are both an expert on particular skills and knowledge, and an expert on the workplace requirements.
To become an evidence verifier, have a chat with your employer about your workplace assessment needs. If there is a need for verifier skills and you are right for the role, you will be connected with one of our regional advisors. We'll be able to help you through the application process. We've also got a handy information sheet for you to download.
Assessors judge whether trainees have the skills and knowledge required to gain nationally-recognised qualifications.
Senior assessor mentors (SAMs) are in place to support the overall robustness and integrity of Skills Active assessor training and registration.