Registering as a constituent assessor – what does it mean? 10


I receive so many queries from “QUALIFIED ASSESSORS” asking how do they become constituent assessors. This makes me wonder what our providers are teaching when they train assessors?

I am posting a previously published article for the benefit of all.

The need for assessors and moderators to be qualified and registered

Clarifying what appears to be unclear to many

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.   

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10 thoughts on “Registering as a constituent assessor – what does it mean?

  • Des Squire Post author

    It still surprises me that the training providers who are training assessors and moderators are failing to explain the process of registration to the learners. No one should leave a training course for assessors or moderators without having the process explained to them. Come on providers – lets do thing right.

    • Tesswill J. Riddles

      Hi des, thank you it is very well explained. When I have completed my assessors course all of the above mentioned was very well explained to us by the accredited service provider as part of the training. I am currently a registered assessor and moderator in a few unit standards with the etdp seta.

  • Gugu Makhubu

    Thank you so very much for explaining this. Correct me please. I registered for the assessor training, got the certificate from ETDP seta, then last week registered to be a registered assessor from ETDP seta, they sent me another certificate now with assessor and Facilitation ( basically combined both ASS and FLT), also i registered with another seta relevant to my degree……..

    • Des Squire Post author

      The one certificate confirms you have been assessed as competent for the assessor and moderator training course. it is a statement of results. The second regisrtation certificate confirms you are registered as a constituent assessor wiht the ETDP SETA and it also shows which qualifications you may assess and/or moderate. That is all you may assess for that (ETDP) SETA. when you register with another SETA they will also issue a similar registration certificate and programme approval details. hope this clears things up.