Work based assessment qualifications
There is no formal training structure to these qualifications, and in order to achieve them, the learner must compile a portfolio of evidence to satisfy the assessor that they are competent in the unit. No new registrations can be accepted for these qualifications after 30 October 2019 and candidates must complete by 31 March 2021.
Evidence can take a number of different forms, written, verbal, physical, witness testimony and even being watched by the assessor actually carryout the activity. The assessor will visit the practice at least three times to check progress and advice on the evidence that is being gathered. Once the portfolio is complete an external verifier will confirm if the qualification has been achieved.
There are no examinations with these qualifications, and they are an alternative to the formal training an examination qualification on offer. They mirror the content and are of the same level. There is no set start time, you can start at any time and generally take around 9 to 12 months to complete.