Assessment is the process of collecting evidence and making judgements on whether competency has been achieved to confirm that an individual can perform to the standard expected in the workplace. The standard is described in the relevant endorsed industry/enterprise competency standards of a training package or an accredited course.
The assessment process is used to determine whether people are either ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ against the agreed industry standards. A person who is not yet competent against any standard can undertake further study or training and be assessed again.
Assessment under the national vocational education and training system is quite different from the formal examinations and tests most people remember from their school days. Evidence is gathered to demonstrate competence in the skills and knowledge required by the units of competency.
Common types of assessment methods used by assessors to gather evidence include:
- answers to questions
- training records
- work records
- samples of work
- simulations and role plays
The evidence used in assessment depends on the requirements of the particular units of competency and the preferences or needs of the person being assessed. Each case is unique.
Assessment can take place on the job or off the job. However, as applying skills in the workplace is a key facet of vocational education and training, most evidence should ideally be gathered as the student performs work duties, whether in the workplace or in a simulated work environment.
Students are also assessed on Employability Skills. Employability skills are non-technical skills which play a significant part in contributing to an individual’s effective and successful participation in the workplace. Employability skills are also sometimes referred to as generic skills, capabilities, enabling skills or key competencies.
In Australia the employability skills are:
- communication skills, which contribute to productive and harmonious relations between employees and customers
- teamwork skills, which contribute to productive working relationships and outcomes
- problem-solving skills, which contribute to productive outcomes
- initiative and enterprise skills, which contribute to innovative outcomes
- planning and organising skills, which contribute to long-term and short-term strategic planning
- self-management skills, which contribute to employee satisfaction and growth
- learning skills, which contribute to ongoing improvement and expansion in employee and company operations and outcomes
- technology skills, which contribute to effective execution of tasks.
National recognition (previously referred to as mutual recognition) means that a student automatically has credit for units of competency that they have completed at any other registered training organisation in Australia. A statement of attainment from another registered training organisation that contributes to a qualification is reported as a form of credit transfer.
Credit transfer involves assessing a previously completed course or subject to see if it provides equivalent learning or competency outcomes to those required within the student’s current course of study. It is used when seeking credit for a course or subject already completed.
Please contact the VET team if you have any issues with your assessment.
Upon successful completion of your program, you shall be issued with a Certificate and in some cases an additional Statement of Attainment depending on the number of units of competency that were delivered in your program. Even if you do not complete the full program, you will still be issued with a Statement of Attainment for any units of competency that you successfully achieved during your time in the program.
- On successful completion of competencies students will gain Stage 1 credit toward the NTCET.
- NTCET credit advised in the course details assumes successful completion of all competencies.
- NTCET credit for VET is determined by SSABSA and is subject to change.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning is an assessment process that assesses the individual’s non-formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.
There is a fee for RPL applications.
For further information please call the VET office at Taminmin College.
PO Box 21
Humpty Doo, NT, 0836
Humpty Doo, NT, 0836