The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment is for practitioners who assess the demonstration of competence in a work environment using the following assessment methods: observation, examining work products, oral questioning and discussion, use of others (e.g. witnesses), learner’s statements and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

After successful completion of the Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment, once you have assessed for an appropriate of time, you may wish to progress to an internal quality assurance (IQA) qualification.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements however learners must be over the age of 19.

You will need to have a professional qualification and/or have demonstrated occupational competence acceptable to your internal quality assurer.

You need to be part of an assessment team and have access to a minimum of two learners who are undertaking a vocational programme in your area of expertise.

You need to attend standardisation meetings and generally comply with both internal and external quality assurance procedures.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Units:

Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

Assess occupational competence in the work environment


The Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment consists of one theory unit which assesses a candidate’s knowledge of the principles and practices of assessment and one practical unit which assesses a candidate assessor’s competence in assessing the occupational competence of others.

Primary evidence for the learning outcomes must come from the candidate assessor assessing two real learners on two occasions in a real work environment against approved standards/criteria. These assessments will be observed.


This course can be complete within 12 weeks. As the course is completed online there are no deadlines for assignments. Learners complete assignments at their own pace.

Advantages and Development

On successful completion of this course, the learner will achieve a UK recognised, fully accredited qualification/certificate – Level 3 Award in Assessing

Competence in the Work Environment

Lifetime, internationally-recognized, ProQual accredited qualification

Enhanced Employment Opportunities

Increased Salary Opportunities


The standard cost of this Level 3 Award is £425 which includes 12 months uncapped support with our assessment team.

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