I am re-posting this article as I am receiving many requests for information on how to register as an assessor and/or moderator. This therefore is for the benefit of those who do not know. I urge all providers involved in the training of assessors and moderators to explain the process of registration to their learners
Is there a difference between being qualified as an assessor or moderator and being registered as a qualified assessor and/or moderator? The answer is 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 and/or 115759 – Assess outcomes based assessment or Moderator outcomes based assessment. Following training the candidate must produce a portfolio of evidence and must be assessed as competent.
Following the summative assessment and moderation as well as the SETA verification process the candidate is declared competent and is then issued with a certificate (Statement of Results – (SOR)) 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 or moderator the right to commence assessing or moderating any unit standard based programme or qualification.
In order to commence assessing or working as an assessor or moderator the newly qualified assessor must apply to one or more of the SETA’s to register as a constituent assessor or moderator. The choice of programmes for which the new assessor/moderator applies for registration will be dependant on the education and/or experience of the new assessor/moderator. Should the SETA deem the applicant to be qualified in a particular subject then they will register the applicant as a constituent assessor or moderator 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 carry out assessments and/or moderation.
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 and moderators usually falls away after a period of five years and a new application must be submitted and approved by the relevant SETA.
Applications for registration as a constituent assessor and/or moderator are available on the various SETA web sites. Information on the various unit standard based programmes and qualifications is available on the SAQA web site.