It is the process of collecting evidence and making judgments on whether competence has been achieved. It confirms that an individual can perform to the standard expected in the workplace. A variety of methods are used including but not limited to portfolios, projects, role play and written examinations.
The Council has established the following mechanisms for competence assessment:
Internal assessment is a continuous process of evaluating a trainee’s competence done by the trainer (internal assessor) during training. The trainer also evaluates trainees’ competence on completion of each unit of competence. The internal assessor is monitored by an internal verifier for internal quality assurance.
The main roles of an internal assessor include:
The main roles of an internal verifier include:
External assessment is the process of evaluating a trainee’s competence and is done by an external assessor who is an expert in a particular skill area. An external assessor is a skilled worker drawn from industry. In certain instances, the external assessor may be a trainer in another training institution.
The external assessor, internal assessor and internal verifier are monitored by external verifier to ensure quality in competence assessment.
The main roles of an external assessor are:
The roles of an external verifier include:
External verifier is the representative of the Council who links assessment center to the Council for quality assurance of competency-based assessment.
The Council has established mechanisms for assessment for RPL. It involves assessment of an individual’s relevant previous learning/experienceagainst industry set standards. It provides formal recognition of competence acquired on-the-job or through unstructured learning experiences. It is conducted in an assessment center.
The procedure for conducting assessment for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is similar to External Assessment of a Candidate procedure.
The assessment for recognition of prior learning is limited to certificate level. However, the Council coordinates for assessment for alignment of qualifications for higher levels.
NB: The outcome of competence assessment is either a trainee is: Competent or Not Yet Competent and in judging a trainee competent, the assessor must be convinced that the trainee meets the standards set by industry and will continue to do so in future.