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RQF assessor

Alternative titles for this job include NVQ assessor, training assessor

Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) assessors check vocational courses and help trainees to meet the standards.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm managing your own hours

How to become

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How to become RQF assessor

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


You'll need industry experience and a minimum of a level 3 qualification in the type of work you plan to assess.

You'll also need an assessing qualification, like:

  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment - for assessing in the workplace
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement - for assessing outside the workplace
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement - for assessing in the workplace and outside the workplace

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You could do a Learning and Skills Assessor Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

You'll usually need a qualification in the subject you want to assess. Employers will also look for relevant up-to-date work experience.

The apprenticeship takes a minimum of a year to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Further information

You can find out more about working as a training assessor from FE Advice.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you may:

  • plan and run vocational training programmes and workshops
  • observe and assess trainees in their workplace
  • interview trainees and examine their portfolios of evidence
  • give constructive feedback and offer advice on how to meet standards
  • keep records of trainees' progress
  • work closely with training staff and employers

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With relevant experience and qualifications, you could:

  • lead a team of assessors
  • move into further education teaching
  • become a training manager

You could also be an internal or external verifier, checking the quality of work of assessors and training centres.

You may want to work towards chartered assessor status for your own professional development, through the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a RQF assessor right now.

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Courses In England

Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: Stamore

Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

  • Start date: 06 June 2025
  • Location: LIVERPOOL

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