Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Level 3 Award (RQF)

Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF)

During this comprehensive course, Learners will cover a variety of topics including the principles and practices of assessment, how to assess competence based skills and how to assess occupational competence in the workplace.

This regulated and nationally recognised qualification has been designed to equip Trainee Assessors with the knowledge, understanding and ability to perform the role of an Assessor in a work environment.

Who is it intended for?

The QA Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF) has been specifically designed for those who wish to undertake qualification assessment, of occupational competence, in a work environment. This qualification is also suitable for Trainee Assessors who currently work in a mentoring/teaching/training environment and wish to further develop their knowledge and skills in competence based assessment.


The units covered are:

  1. Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  2. Assess occupational competence in the work environment

Entry requirements

Trainee assessors must be at least 19 years old on the first day of the training.

Trainee assessors must have access to Learners completing competence based qualifications in a work environment in order to generate the evidence required to complete this qualification

There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Trainee assessors have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.


2 x Trainee Assessor Workbooks containing theory/practical assessments and continuous formative assessment conducted throughout the course.

Successful Learners will receive a QA Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF) certificate.

Requalification requirements

It is not a requirement for Trainee assessors to renew this qualification however we recommend they keep up to date with current practice in assessment through regular participation in continuing professional development (CPD).


The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (RQF) may support progression with training into the area of internal quality assurance, an example qualification would be the Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF), which we can offer and support you with as well.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is a process for recognising learning from previous training, qualifications or experience to avoid duplication of learning. It considers whether a Trainee assessor can demonstrate and prove that they meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and do not need to develop through a course of learning.

RPL evidence must be: valid, reliable, authentic, current, sufficient.

If you believe that you may have RPL, then please let us know prior to the course, and we will consider whether it meets the requirements. It is important that we carefully consider RPL to ensure we do not disadvantage a Trainee assessor. If sufficient understanding of a subject is in doubt training must take place.

RPL must be current, i.e. within 3 years and should only be used as rationale to avoid unnecessary duplication. Evidence of prior training submitted for RPL consideration must be authenticated by us; a certificate is not valid without referenced learning outcomes or evidence from the original training provider.

Relationship with other related qualifications

This qualification links closely to other assessment based qualifications, as identified in the diagram below:

Relationship with other Education & Training related qualifications

Duration: 54 hours approx.

Certificate Valid: No Expiry
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Why choose us?

Ofqual Regulated
To ensure the highest standard of training and compliance, we are approved by Qualsafe Awards, and all of the courses that we offer are Ofqual Regulated Qualifications. It is important that your training is delivered by an accredited training provider to ensure you comply with Health and Safety legislation. All of our courses that show 'QCF' or 'RQF' will also include credits on the National Qualifications and Credit Framework or Regulated Qualifications Framework.


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