Freelance Assessors and Moderators
Meeting new people. As well as flexibility being one of the main reasons people choose to become Assessors, you will also meet people from all walks of life. You will build strong relationships with your learners, and watching them as they progress through their course is a very rewarding process.
Generally, an assessor is responsible for judging the competence of a learner in meeting required standards. … A moderator, on the other hand, is responsible for ensuring that the principles of quality assurance are applied and maintained during the assessment, and that the learning outcomes are achieved.
Activities Of A Freelance Assessor The typical activities that a freelance assessor is involved in are:
Planning and delivery of vocational training workshops and programmes
Observation and assessment of candidates in their place of work
Analyzing the documentation and credentials of the candidate
Keeping the record of the progress of the candidate
Providing feedback to the candidate and offering advice to her in a situation where the required standards are not met
Recommending the candidate for the vocational qualification award when all the required standards have been met
To become a qualified assessor, you’ll complete an accredited Assessor Course at an accredited learning institution, where a Certificate of Competence and Statement Of Results (SOR) will be issued afterwards. Following this, you can register with an ETQA and start practising as a constituent assessor.
This article includes quick guidelines and some tips to find the JOB you need in the Training Industry.
1. TYPES OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES
The following types of JOB opportunities exist in the Educational Industry;
Qualified Trainers and Assessors who offer their services as FREELANCERS. (People who are contracted-in by companies to perform training functions).
Permanent employment opportunities for individuals with Training Providers as qualified Trainers, Assessors and Training Administrators.
Appointed Training Managers in Corporate Companies.
Lecturers at both public and private colleges.
Microsoft Certified and Department of Labour Special Projects (Qualified Trainer Certificate as entry level requirement)
Developers of course material for both short and NQF aligned courses.
International JOB opportunities in the Education Field, based on the Outcomes Based Education or Common Core principles.
SETA Project Managers, both internally and externally.
HR related vacancies – becoming industry requirement with recruitment agencies.
Industry specialist who want a change in career.
Individuals who retire and want to generate additional income in their spare time.
Self motivated individuals who offer part time courses on weekends or in their spare time.
2. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
The following minimum requirements for these positions generally apply.
Train the Trainer Certificate: Minimum level of NQF 5 required. Completion of the official unit standard 117871 that is endorsed by the ETDP SETA is recommended.
Conduct Assessor: The only unit standard as documented by the SAQA policy 115753 and endorsed by the ETDP SETA.
Conduct Moderations: Not a requirement for general training requirements but recommended for individuals working for training providers and colleges.
All Certificates must have the ETDP SETA logo on.
Learners must request a copy of their Statement of Results, directly from their Training Provider to confirm their registration was successful.
3. IS THERE A NEED FOR TRAINERS AND ASSESSORS?
Definitely yes! We’ve been tracking most of our freelance learners who completed these courses in the past with very positive feedback. Most have either found permanent employment in corporate organisation or opened their own business.
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First time students can earning an income with freelance work until the perfect opportunity arrives. There will always be job opportunities for qualified Trainers and Assessors.
Why Trainers and Assessors?
Employers and Training Providers are more likely to contact people who are capable of training and assessing their learners, rather than contracting two different individuals to perform this task.
4. HOW TO NETWORK AND GET THAT PERFECT (FREELANCE) JOB
Here is some networking tips!
Make sure you have all the required ETDP Certificates, ETDP SETA Statement of Results and a detailed Personal Portfolio with all your previous education and workplace experience. Best practice is to have this ready in PDF format to submit electronically if needed.
Register with all the related SETAs as an Assessor with at least one unit standard where possible. It’s so much easier to request extension of scope than submitting an entire new application.
Subscribe to all possible Education newsletters including our free service on www.skillsjobs.co.za.
Subscribe to the SETA newsletters and make sure you attend their annual stakeholders meetings which are open to anyone to attend. These are perfect opportunities for you to meet new Training Providers and Employer to get connected to new projects and JOB opportunities.