Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment enables individuals to become an NVQ assessor in their specialist subject.

Experienced, qualified personnel often play an informal role of mentor/teacher in the workplace already, by naturally passing on their knowledge and experience to others. Are you watching over while a colleague replaces a clutch, or checking that an apprentice has hung that door properly?

Becoming an NVQ assessor can be an incredibly rewarding occupation and is a great way to give something back to your industry. It’s also more simple than you might think with CADUK’s assessment process.

Initially you will attend one full induction day of theory/learning which we carry out here at the CADUK office in Telford, followed by a real assessment of one live NVQ candidate.

Although we provide support for 12 months, a realistic time-frame to complete this qualification is 6-8 weeks.

Pearson accredited

What are the benefits of this NVQ?

This qualification can help you increase your earning potential, add value to a company and help others develop themselves by becoming an NVQ assessor in your specialist occupation.

This qualification is applicable to all fields including construction, engineering, mechanics, hospitality, health & social care, business etc.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, in order to complete this qualification you are required to have two real live learners to assess, the assessment cannot be simulated. Of these two learners the assessor needs to physically witness you assess at least one of them on-site.

You will need to take one learner through the assessment process for one full unit of their qualification using the following assessment methods: observation, examining work products, and oral questioning.

For the other learner you need to complete two full units using the the same assessment methods.

The use of other assessment methods such as witnesses statements, learner statements and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be covered through oral/written questioning.

There are two mandatory units to complete:

Unit 1: Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment – This unit requires you to know and understand the principles and practices that underpin assessment, these topics will be covered on your induction day.

You will need to write a reflective account demonstrating your knowledge and understanding and complete a portfolio that shows your research into assessment practice and associated legal requirements.

Unit 2: Assess Occupational Competence in the Work Environment – The aim of this unit is to assess your performance in assessing occupational competence in the workplace.

Observation of your practice in the workplace by your assessor is an essential component of this qualification along with assessment of work products and evidence of questioning your learners.

Additional assessment methods that may be used could include witness testimonies and statements from learners.

The induction day for your assessor qualification will be delivered here at the CADUK office in Telford. The induction will cover the assessment planning for your qualification and the underpinning knowledge needed for unit 1.

The expectation is that the induction day will provide you with sufficient knowledge to complete unit 1 of your qualification. It will also make you aware of what evidence is required for unit 2.

All of our assessors are highly experienced, qualified, learning and development professionals.

In addition to the full day training here at our office in Telford (TF2 9NT) your assessor will provide advice and feedback throughout the qualification via phone, Skype, email and through our bespoke online ePortfolio system.

Achievement of this qualification is largely down to the learner’s own motivation.

We provide support for a period of 12 months from the date or registration. This qualification however is realistically achievable within 6-8 months.

The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment is the only formal qualification that you need to become an NVQ assessor.

Although preferred – you do not necessarily need to hold formal qualifications in the field that you are assessing. You will however need justifiable experience in your specialist area depending on the industry and awarding body requirements.

Qualification cost


This price includes assessment and training materials, the full training program at our office in Telford, Awarding Body (Pearson) registration/certification fees, ePortfolio registration and support and guidance throughout the qualification.

Travel expenses to client site for the mandatory observation will be an additional cost.

*Discounts may apply to multiple learners from the same company.

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    We are extremely proud of the quality services we provide. Our assessment team are industry professionals that really add value to your personal development.Gary Pollard MCIOB, Managing Director