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The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF) also known as CAVA or TAQA or A1 Assessors Award

If you want to start a career as a qualified assessor, then this is the qualification you need.

Once you get fully qualified you will be able to work as an assessor in either a college, further education / private training provider or you can be a self employed worker as a freelance assessor.

What will you be able to do once qualified?

As a qualified assessor, you will be able to assess learners in colleges and in the workplace.

This accredited qualification is a combined qualification, with knowledge-based and skills-based elements, designed for individuals who want to learn adequate assessing competence in the work environment, and understand the practices and principles of assessment in an easy to grasp manner. The course is suitable for anyone who is responsible for assessing progress in their work environment.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to successfully observe and assess candidates in their workplace and start your career as a Qualified Assessor by working for a college, training provider or as a freelancer.

Course Information

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF) is for those who intend to assess both occupational competence in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a workshop, classroom or other training environment other than assessing competence in a work environment. 

The objective of the qualification is to support a role in the workplace.

Key Facts about this Ofqual-recognised Qualification

Highfield Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF) 

QAN: 600/3871/8

Learning Aim Reference: 60038718

Credit Value: 15

Guided learning hours (GLH): 84

Total qualification time (TQT): 150

Assessment Method: Portfolio of evidence 

Entry requirements

Age - Minimum of 19 years of age

There are no other prerequisites for these qualifications, although it is advised that learners already hold a level 2 qualification. 

Geographical coverage

These qualifications are suitable for learners in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

How to register and study for this qualification 

Decide your payment option, Click on the relevant payment links, make your payment, and we will enrol you into the qualification. 

The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF) has three mandatory units:

  • Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment
  • Assessing Occupational Competence in the Work Environment
  • Assessing Vocational Skills, Knowledge and Understanding.

Total Qualification Time

Total Qualification Time for this qualification is 150 hours.

This is an estimate of the total length of time it is expected that a learner will typically take to achieve and demonstrate the level of attainment necessary for the award of the qualification i.e. to achieve all learning outcomes.

Total Qualification Time is comprised of GLH and an estimate of the number of hours a learner is likely to spend in preparation, study or any other learning including assessment, which takes place as directed by, but not under the supervision of a lecturer, supervisor or tutor. The credit value, where given, for a qualification is determined by TQT, as one credit corresponds to 10 hours of learning.

Guided Learning Hours

GLH for this qualification is 84 hours.

These hours are made up of all real time contact time, guidance or supervision of a learner by a lecturer, supervisor, tutor, trainer or other appropriate provider of education or training.


Once learners are enrolled they are given access to their Learning Account on our LMS (Learning Management System) which provides them with 24-hour access to learning resources and guides.


All assignments and assessments are submitted via the assessment portal and ePortfolio to which the learner has 24-hour access.

For the observation assessment, the learner will need to submit documented evidence (based on collection of work products) and uploaded to the assessment portal. Then an experienced assessor will assess the learner's work and provide provide feedback.


There must be evidence to cover all of the assessment methods listed in the units. 

Once all assessments are completed the learner's collection of evidence is quality-assured and submitted to the Awarding Body for certification, after which the learner is the warded the Highfield Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF)

Who is this qualification for?

This TAQA qualification will train assessors and those individuals that need to carry out assessment in the classroom or work environment. This course is suited to individuals that support learners through assessment & training.

This level 3 certificate is suitable for all industry sectors such as Business, Customer Service, Hairdressing, Beauty Industry & Make Up, Construction, Early years, Health & Social Care and Educational Sectors.

On successful achievement of the course, learners are awarded a nationally accredited qualification enabling them to carry out assessments in the workplace & assessments for vocational programmes in colleges and schools.

Enrolment Requirements

There are no formal minimum qualification requirements for this course, however, candidates should be working in, or working towards a role in assessing and quality assurance. The theory based unit provide a good base for those candidates who are trying to enter into quality assurance roles.

To undertake the full Certificate, prospective candidates are required to have access to two learners, provided by the learner, whose coursework they will assess.

Career Path after completion

The CAVA or Assessor A1 qualification can help you to progress your career and get jobs as a:

  • Qualified Assessor
  • Marking/assessing
  • Trainer

This course will enable you to assess vocational and workplace competencies in a wide range of qualifications such as:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Technical Certificates
  • Functional Skills
  • NVQ qualifications
  • Awards
  • Certificates
  • Diplomas

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