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Knowledge Requirements


You need the following knowledge to perform this Unit of Competence. You will show this through the outcome of your work activities and through evaluations of systems and processes.


You need to be able to show that you have general knowledge and understanding of the following:


The nature and role of assessments and competence

1. How to identify and use different types of evidence when carrying out assessments.

2. How to identify and compare different types of evidence when making your assessment decisions.

3. How to collect evidence in ways that are cost-effective when making your assessment decisions.

4. How to collect and use evidence from candidates' prior experience and achievements within the current assessment process.

5. How to develop and agree assessment plans with candidates and the other people involved.

6. How to accurately assess performance against specific parts of a standard.

7. How to take appropriate sources of action and help candidates develop their competence.

8. How to change assessment procedures to meet the individual needs of candidates.

9. How to identify the difficulties in making safe, fair, valid and reliable assessments of evidence and who to involve in such cases.

10. How to follow standardisation and internal quality assurance procedures.



Principles and concepts

11. How to measure existing levels of competence.

12. How to make valid and reliable assessments of candidates' knowledge.

13. How to make valid and reliable assessments of candidates' performance.

14. How to make sure you have covered all the agreed criteria during an assessment.

15. How to check that evidence is candidates' own work.

16. How to make sure that supporting evidence supplied by other people is reliable.

17. How to encourange candidates to consider and use their past experience and achievements.

18. How to give constructive feedback on existing levels of competence and what candidates need to be fully competent.

19. How to involve candidates in planning assessments.

20. How to keep the Data Protection Act.

21. How to encourange candidates who have different levels of competence and what candidates need to do to be fully competent.

22. How to use language and behaviour which does not discriminate against any candidate.

23. How to meet the different needs of candidates.

24. How to give feedback to candidates with different levels of confidence and experience.

25. How to encourange candidates to ask questions and get advice.

26. How to monitor and review progress with candidates.

27. How to identify changes in vocational area of candidates' competence and assess how this affects your own competence.

28. How to use opportunities to update your skills and experience.

29. How to identify and use information on curent assessment best prctice.

30. How to use personal development opportunities to improve assessment skills.



External factors influencing the assessment of national standards

31.How to meet candidates' needs for access to safe, fair, valid and reliable assessment, in line with relevant legislation.

32. How to recognise and challenge unfair discrimination in assessments.

33. Who to get advice from about meeting candidates' special assessment requirements.

34. How to identiify and plan issues of confidentiality and data protection during the assessment process.

35. How to record, store and pass on assessment decisions to other people within an agreed system.

36. How to identify and assess things that can influence your own competence.

37. How to identify appropriate sources of support for your own development.


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