QCF assessor

Alternative titles for this job include NVQ assessor, training assessor

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) assessors support and assess vocational qualifications, helping trainees meet standards.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a QCF assessor

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course


To become a Qualifications and Credit Framework assessor you'll need work experience and a Level 3 qualification or National Vocational Qualification in the job area you plan to assess. You need one of:

  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment - for assessing occupational competence in the workplace
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally-Related Achievement - for assessing vocational skills and knowledge outside the workplace, for example in classrooms or workshops
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement - for assessing both occupational competence in the workplace, and skills, knowledge and understanding outside the workplace

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Further information

You can find out more about working in further education from FE Advice.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • 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
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You'll help make sure trainees meet occupational standards. Your day-to-day tasks will depend on the type of assessments you carry out but may include:

  • planning and delivering vocational training programmes and workshops
  • observing and assessing candidates in their workplace
  • interviewing candidates and examining their portfolios of evidence
  • providing feedback and offering advice
  • signing off the award when all requirements are met
  • keeping records of candidates' progress
  • attending meetings with other assessors
  • working closely with training staff and candidates' managers

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

With relevant experience and qualifications you could progress to lead an assessor team, move into further education teaching or become a training manager.

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

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Assessing Vocational Achievement L3 - Certificate

  • Provider: Fareham College
  • Start date: 15 April 2019
  • Location: Hampshire


  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

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