The need for assessors and moderators to be qualified and registered 5

Is there a difference between being qualified and being registered as a qualified assessor and/or moderator?

The answer is simply yes. All assessors and moderators must first and foremost be qualified as such.

To become a qualified assessor or moderator the candidate must first be trained on unit standard 115753 – Assess outcomes based assessment. Following training the candidate must produce a portfolio of evidence and must be assessed as competent. Following the assessment, moderation and verification process the candidate is declared competent and is then issued with a certificate by the ETDP SETA.

A certificate from anyone else is not valid. This now means the candidate is only qualified. It does not give the newly qualified assessor the right to commence assessing any unit standard based programme or qualification. In order to commence assessing or working as an assessor for a company the newly qualified assessor must apply to one or more of the SETA’s to register as a constituent assessor.

The choice of programmes for which the new assessor applies for registration will be dependant on the education and/or experience of the new assessor. Should the SETA deem the applicant to be qualified then they will register the applicant as a constituent assessor and will issue a certificate of registration.This certificate of registration will indicate the qualifications and/or unit standards against which the new assessor may not carry out assessments.

Without both these certificates and without both certificates being current and up to date an assessor may not carry out assessments. The registration of constituent assessors normally falls away after a period of five years and a new application must be submitted and approved.

Anyone making use of an assessor should request sight of both certificates and should keep these on file as the moderator and verifier will want to have sight of these. Following on from this the new assessor may continue with his/her studies and decide to qualify as a moderator. The candidate would then complete training on the moderator unit standard 115759 and would follow the exact same process as outlined above – certification by the ETDP SETA and registration as a constituent moderator with the relevant SETA.

Des Squire (Managing Member) Amsi and Associates cc

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5 thoughts on “The need for assessors and moderators to be qualified and registered

  • Des Squire Post author

    Hi Themba

    You must follow the process that I have outlined in my article. You are just qualificd against unit standard 115753, conduct outcomes based assessment. YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ASSESS ANYTHING.

    You must now apply to the various SETAs to register for specific qualifications and or unit standard based programmes. The same applies when a person qualifies as a moderator.

  • Des Squire Post author

    Hi Mthandeni

    From my experience you will still be waiting this time next year. Most people looking for assessors and moderators number one fail to respond to responses even thoutght they advertise as urgent. Many only want a SLA signed because they need them for accreditation or for verification purposes. Unfortunately ethics seems to be non existent and an unfair false sense of security is created. I am now getting to a stage where I refuese to sign any SLA’s unless those concerned meet with me personally and contfirm their intentions.

    Unfortunately some providers who advertise are not being honest and up front regarding their requirements.  


  • Des Squire Post author

    Hi Marie

    Perhaps some of the qualified assessors might like to comment on your question. I also wondeer to what extent the SETAs take action against those who are assessing without being registered. I was asked to oderate some POE’s last week and guess what – the assessor was not registered. The training provider is a very reputable one but is making use of unregistered assessors.     

  • themba thulani sibanda

    Des, i am a newly qualified and registered Assessor and yet there are still confusions. Some other people are saying that i can assess any programmes as long as i have the qualifications and experience. so my question is, can i assess any programme for Human resource at lower NQF level than my Diploma and SDF programmes as i have also done it a course of SDF and was found competent.

    Is it possible to assess programmes that are related to the qualifications that i have, e.g Train the Trainer and SDF.

    to make make clarity, i firstly got a statement or results for unit standard 115753 and then followed by  notification of registration of assessor which had the registration number, start date and end date, and stating that you are registered to assess against the following miscellaneous unit standard, 115753 conduct outcomes based assessment.

    So, what does this mean, what do i have to do next.

    Thank you

  • Marie Smith

    Des, I have come across many assessors who did not realise that there is a further process of application required after them being qualified. I have wondered whether the Providers of assessor training ever inform their learners about this? Surely, there will be many that do but certainly some don’t.