Senior assessor mentors (SAMs) are a big support to our assessors. They're in place to support the overall robustness and integrity of Skills Active assessor training and registration. They are the experts in everything related to assessment!
Our senior assessor mentors have a really important role across industries. If you're keen to be one of our SAMs, you'll be recognised as a role model within your field. In the role, you will be:
Supporting and approving the registration of new (trainee) assessors, including pre-screening
Providing support and mentoring to new assessors
Supporting and approving scope for assessors - both initial and extensions
Providing technical support to moderation activities, through a mixture of paper-based, observed and cluster approaches
Conducting assessment of Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) with trainees
Providing technical support to accreditation applications, including provider site visits.
SAMs will be called upon from time to time to contribute to the development of qualifications, pathways and learning/assessment material.
All of our SAMs have experience as an assessor and meet the criteria we've put together with industry.
We've got a robust process in place for people wanting to register as one of our SAMs. Check out our 2020 SAM handbook and SAM application form for more information. The process might be different across different industries, and you'll need to meet different requirements.
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.
Be registered Skills Active assessors, and actively assessing accepted industry standards for at least two years
Have current expertise and scope in the appropriate qualifications OR provide evidence that they meet the Assessor-Specific Requirements for a particular assessor scope
Participate and be compliant with Skills Active moderation
Be a recognised role model within the sector
Have well-developed verbal and written communication skills
Have recent working knowledge of industry issues
Have strong networking skills to engage with industry stakeholders
Have a commitment to the development of the industry
Be available and have time to fulfil the obligations of the role
Be able to meet any industry-specific SAM requirements.
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.
Assessors judge whether trainees have the skills and knowledge required to gain nationally-recognised qualifications.