As part of Careerforce's quality assurance process and in line with NZQA requirements, unit standards must be assessed by a Careerforce registered assessor.
Workplace Assessment measures the achievement of unit standards within the work environment. It is facilitated by a workplace assessor and supported by verifiers and attestations. This model captures naturally occurring evidence and will align with existing policies and procedures.
Careerforce developed assessment is provided to the workplace for each trainee upon signing of a training agreement. This assessment requires each trainee to complete an assessment that typically comprises two sections:
- assessment tasks
- workplace verification tasks
These are accompanied by assessor guides for each unit standard which include model answers, evidence and judgements to ensure fair assessment practices.
Training providers who wish to use their own assessment resources must have these moderated and approved by Careerforce prior to use.
Careerforce Registered Assessors
A Careerforce registered assessor is a very important part of the national qualification at Careerforce. They have the skills and knowledge to work with trainees to complete the assessment process and assist the trainee to gain recognition for the skills and knowledge they are gaining on the job.
The role of a Careerforce Registered Assessor is to:
- oversee workplace verification by supporting workplace verifiers.
- evaluate the assessment evidence provided by a trainee to determine competence in a unit standard.
- send assessment results to Careerforce for registration on an individual's NZQA Record of Achievement.
- support moderation processes.
- conduct formal assessment as required.
- coach and mentor.
- manage marking by the workplace.
Types of Careerforce Registered Assessors
There are three types of Careerforce Registered Assessors - workplace-based assessors, mobile assessors and roving assessors.
A workplace-based assessor is employed within an organisation and assesses trainees from the same organisation. Please note becoming a workplace based assessor requires your manager's approval.
Mobile assessors are independent of any organisation and go to various workplaces to assess trainees. The financial arrangements are typically between the mobile assessor and the trainees’ workplace or trainee.
Roving Assessors are independent registered assessors. The financial arrangements are between the roving assessor and Careerforce.
Find an Assessor
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Careerforce Registered Assessor Criteria
To become a Careerforce Registered Assessor, applicants must meet the following three criteria:
- Hold a qualification or unit standard(s) at or above the level that they are seeking to assess, and which is in a relevant* subject area.
- Be trained or experienced in standards based assessment. All applicants seeking registration as Careerforce Registered Assessors must hold (or be prepared to obtain) unit standard 4098. Please note that Careerforce arranges training towards this unit standard free of charge to pre-approved applicants.
- Have a minimum of three years recent industry experience and/or have undertaken professional development in the subject areas that they are seeking to assess – within the preceding three years.
*Relevant subject area will be determined by Careerforce in consultation with the sector panel and/or relevant peak body, association, federation or regulatory agency. As a general guide, a qualification in a “relevant” subject area will equip the holder of this qualification with the necessary knowledge, skill base, attitudes and understanding to interpret the assessment requirements of the qualification or unit standard(s) with accuracy and consistency. The assessor’s assessment decisions must be of a standard and rigour that meets all moderation requirements.
Click below to read the additional criteria required to assess the following unit standards:
- Unit standard 5012
- Dementia unit standards – 23920; 23921; 23922; 23923
- Unit standards in the Hearing Therapy domain
These additional criteria are also set out in Careerforce's Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) 0024.
Becoming a Careerforce Registered Assessor