How To Become A NVQ Assessor

NVQ Assessor

The Job

NVQ assessors support and assess learners who are taking National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). As an NVQ assessor, you will train and assess learners so that they can gain the recognised occupational standards to achieve their qualification and prove they can do a job competently.

The role includes planning and delivering training, observing and assessing learners in the workplace, providing feedback and assessing a learner’s portfolio of work. You will also need to keep accurate records of learners’ progress and work with other assessors and training providers to ensure that all processes are being carried out in accordance with agreed guidelines.

To be an NVQ assessor you must have specialist knowledge, experience and skills in the area you are assessing, with at least a Level 3 qualification in your chosen subject area. You should also have excellent communication skills and the ability to motivate and encourage learners.

Annual Salary

NVQ Assessor Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level - 3

Recommended Qualifications

To work as an NVQ assessor you will need one of three Level 3 qualifications, depending on whether you plan to assess learners in the workplace, in college or both. For all three qualifications you will need to carry out real assessments in a real working environment with real learners. The three qualifications available are:
Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment – entitles you to assess learners in the workplace.
Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement – entitles you to assess learners outside the workplace, such as in classrooms or college workshops.
Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement – entitles you to assess learners both in and outside the workplace.
These qualifications are usually delivered through a college or specialist training provider. You will normally need to assess at least two candidates in order to complete the assessment and achieve the qualification.

Average Working Hours Per Week = 37-40


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

5 weeks to 1 year

What Next/Career Development

With the right qualifications and experience you could become an internal or external verifier, carrying out competence and quality checks on NVQ assessors and training centres that are delivering vocational training. You might also take additional teacher qualifications such as the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, which would help you find work as a further education lecturer.

Facts And Figures

To be an NVQ assessor you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification in the subject area in which you wish to work.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are delivered in the workplace or in settings that simulate a workplace environment.

There are more than 1,100 NVQs available across 25 industry sectors, ranging from accountancy and finance to working in the voluntary sector.