What are assessors and moderators?

Assessment of unit standards and qualifications has been described has been described as the process of measuring applied competence by collecting and interpreting evidence of learning.

An assessor is someone registered by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) body to measure competence against specified National Qualifications Framework (NQF) unit standards and qualifications. A moderator is employed to verify these assessments, and to ensure that the results are fair, valid, consistent and reliable.

The role of the assessor is to":

1.) Plan for the assessment.
2.) Prepare the candidate for the assessment.
3.) Conduct the assessment according to established assessment principles and decide whether the candidate is competent or not yet competent.
4.) Collect evidence of the candidate’s performance.
5.) Evaluate and judge the evidence.
6.) Record the assessment decision.
7.) Provide feedback to the candidate.
8.) Complete all documentation and forward to the ETQA.
9.) Regularly review the assessment process and implement changes as and when required.
10.) Comply with all moderation and ETQA requirements.”

Generally, an assessor is responsible for judging the competence of a learner in meeting required standards. In a South African context, an assessor is registered by the relevant ETQA body (Education and Training Qualifications Assurance) in order to measure specific National Qualifications Framework (NQF) standards and qualifications.

A moderator, on the other hand, is responsible for ensuring that the principles of quality assurance are applied and maintained during the assessment, and that the learning outcomes are achieved. In some cases a verifier may evaluate the moderation process.

Assessors & Moderators

All courses and skills programs are presented by  qualified NQF Level 6 Moderator or NQF Level 5 Assessor with invaluable years experience within the Private Security Industry – thus ensuring the best results and information for learners.



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