NVQ/SVQ assessors are responsible for ensuring that people working
towards National or Scottish Vocational Qualifications in a wide range
of vocational areas meet the required standards. All NVQ/SVQ assessors
have occupational experience, eg to assess hairdressers the assessor
must be a qualified hairdresser.
As NVQs/SVQs are work-based qualifications, assessors visit candidates
in their workplace to check that they meet the required occupational
• observe trainees and assess the standard of their practical
• assess portfolios of evidence and give detailed feedback and
advice to candidates
• keep detailed records of their candidates’ progress and
pass on relevant information to the NVQ/SVQ awarding bodies.
For most people, undertaking NVQ/SVQ assessments is part of a wider
job role such as trainer or tutor. In many roles, assessors also plan
and deliver NVQ/SVQ training programmes.
Some assessors are based within one centre or workplace, whilst others
travel to many different locations to undertake assessments. NVQ/SVQ
assessors usually work around 37 hours a week. Some employers provide
flexible working schemes and part-time work is possible.
Salaries range from £16,000 to £35,000 a year, depending
on the sector, experience and the level of NVQ/SVQ they are assessing.
NVQ/SVQ assessors should have:
• strong communication skills
• good team working skills
• occupational competence in the area that they are assessing
to at least the level of award being assessed
• an interest in promoting education and training.
NVQ/SVQ assessors work within NVQ/SVQ Assessment Centres, training
centres, colleges and private companies. There is a strong demand for
assessors in many vocational sectors such as care, sport, hospitality
NVQ/SVQ assessors are required to have an assessment qualification A1
In addition, they are usually required to have at least two years’
experience in the subject or work area they are assessing, usually at
a managerial level.
Assessors can gain further professional qualifications in order to broaden
their role, for example, working as Internal or External Verifiers,
checking the standard of work of NVQ/SVQ assessors and the training
centres in which they are based.
Some NVQ/SVQ assessors go on to work in training or development roles
within assessment centres, NVQ/SVQ training providers, colleges or companies.