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A1 - Performance Criteria


Element A1.1 - Develop plans for assessing competence with candidates

You must be able to do the following:

a. Develop and agree an assessment plan with candidates.

b. Check that all candidates understand the assessment process involved, the support available to them and the complaints and appeals procedure.

c. Agree fair, safe, valid and reliable assessment methods.

d. Identify appropriate and cost-effective oportunities for assessing performance.

e. Plan for using different types of evidence.

f. Identify how the past experiences and achievements of candidates will contribute to the assessment process.

g. Indentify and agree any special arrangements needed to make sure the assessment process is fair.

h. Identify how other people will contribute to the assessments and what support they may need.

i. Identify how to protect confidentiality and agree arrangements to deal with sensitive issues.

j. Agree how you will handle any difficulties or disputes during the assessment.

k. Agree when assessment will take place with candidates and the other people involved.

l. Agree arrangements with candidates for reviewing their progres against the assessment plan.

m. Review and update assessment plans to take account of what the candidates have achieved.



Element A1.2 - Judge evidence against criteria to make assessment decisions

You must be able to do the following:

a. Use the agreed assessment methods to assess competence in appropriate solutions.

b. Use the past experiences and achievements of the candidates as part of the assessment of their current competence.

c. Ensure that the evidence comes from the candidates' own work.

d. Make safe, fair, valid and reliable decisions about the competence of candidates, only on the agreed standard.

e. Collect evidence from the other people involved in the assessment process.

f. Apply any agreed special arrangements to make sure assessment is fair.

g. Base your decisions on all the relevant evidence of candidates' performance and knowledge. Take this evidence from as many places as possible.

h. Explain and resolve any inconsistencies in the evidence.

i. make a record of the outcomes of assessments by using the agreed recording system.

j. Speak to the appropriate person if you and the candidate cannot agree on your assessment of their performance.



Element A1.3 - Provide feedback and support to candidates on assessment decisions

You must be able to do the following:

a. Give candidates feedback at an appropriate time and place.

b. Give candidates feedback in a constructive and encouraging way, which meets their needs and is appropriate to the level of their confidence.

c. Clearly explain your assessment decisions on whether candidates' evidence of competence is good enough.

d. Give candidates advice when they cannot prove their competence and on how they can develop the necessary skills or provide more evidence.

e. Encourage candidates to get advice on your assessment decisions.

f. Identify and agree the next steps in the assessment process and how candidates will achieve these.

g. Follow the agreed complaints and appeals procedures if the candidates disagree your assessment decisions.



Element A1.4 - Contribute to the Internal Quality Assurance process

You must be able to do the following:

a. Ensure your assessment records are accurate and up to date, and can be followed by an audit.

b. Contribute to standardisation arrangements so that your assessment decisions are in line with others.

c. Give accurate and timely information on assessments.

d. Contribute to the agreed quality assurance process.


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