The units form part of the Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) suite of qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland; separate standards are available in Scotland.
The qualifications are made up of a combination of units according to assessment job roles. There is a knowledge unit which can be taken whether you are performing the job role or not, and then one or two performance units depending upon the specific requirements of your job role and what you are assessing.
The knowledge unit Understanding the principles and practices of assessment can be used towards the PTLLS Award, however, the rules of combination will apply as to when it can be used. The performance units can be used towards CTLLS and DTLLS, however, the rules will also apply regarding credits and levels.
Each unit consists of learning outcomes and assessment criteria from the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at level 3. Learning outcomes are what you will do, assessment criteria are what you can do. The units can be achieved in any order.
Awards consist of 12 credits or less on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Certificates are 13-36 credits and Diplomas are 37 and above.
One credit equals approximately 10 hours of learning, this is a combination of contact time with your trainer/assessor, and non-contact time for you own study.
There are several routes available depending upon your role and what you will be assessing:
Award in understanding the principles and practices of assessment
Award in assessing competence in the work environment
Award in assessing vocationally related achievement
Certificate in assessing vocational achievement (CAVA)
Each route consists of a combination of the following units:
Understanding the principles and practices of assessment (3 credits)
Assess occupational competence in the work environment (6 credits)
Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding (6 credits)
The first unit on its own leads to the Award in understanding the principles and practices of assessment.
The first two units lead to the Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment.
The first and third units lead to the Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement.
If all three units are achieved this will lead to the Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA).