SQA L&D9D Assessor Qualification – Assess Workplace Competence Using Direct Methods


This qualification is suitable for people who assess the competence of individuals within a competency based assessment system using only direct methods of assessment.

Your assessors will learn what is expected from them as workplace assessors, the key steps of the assessment process and the skills they need in order to be effective assessors. This qualification is internationally recognised and is accepted by industry bodies such as OPITO.

We can build your assessment paperwork and assessment process into the training so that the assessors not only achieve an internationally recognised qualification but also leave with a better understanding of their role once they return to the workplace.

As this is a vocational (on the job) qualification, the assessors will be referring to the assessment process used within your organisation. It also requires the assessor to provide evidence of using both direct and indirect methods of assessment.

If your company does not have an assessment process in place, we can provide guidance on best practice or if you would like more help in the development of the process, then we can also assist.


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Assessor - Training Workshop


Focusing on the workshop approach, this training would generally be carried out in a two day workshop.

In this workshop we cover:

  • Introduction to Competence
  • Organising and Preparing
  • Carry Out Assessments
  • Discussion and Questioning
  • Judging and Recording Evidence
  • Providing Feedback
  • Quality Assurance

Once your assessors complete the training workshops, they are then required to work through the rest of the qualification back at their workplace. Your assessors are supported throughout by a Polaris Learning consultant.

On successful completion of the qualification an SQA certificate is awarded.

Assessor - Online Learning


This involves the provision of an online training process which includes the completion of formal knowledge assignments.  This would typically take one day to complete.

The online modules are:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Competence
  • Module 2: Organising and Preparing
  • Module 3: Carry Out Assessments
  • Module 4: Discussion and Questioning
  • Module 5: Judging and Recording Evidence
  • Module 6: Feedback
  • Module 7: Quality Assurance
  • Module 8: Qualification – What Next?

Following completion of the online modules and assessment planning, the learner completes the necessary work to generate the evidence required by the qualification back in their workplace.  This includes the assessment of two individuals.

We allocate each assessor with a Polaris Learning consultant who works closely with the learner. We build in a series of live webinars or on demand webinars to support the learning process. Client reporting is built in as standard so you can keep track of progress.

The duration of the programme can be organised to suit your requirements and we can facilitate the completion of this over a short or longer period of time.

Assessor - Blended Learning


We can also offer a combination of face to face, online and webinar support and this can be tailored to meet your requirements.


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