Valid evidence must relate directly to the requirements of the unit of competency. In ensuring evidence is valid, assessors must ensure that the evidence collected supports demonstration of the outcomes and performance requirements of the unit of competency together with the knowledge and skills necessary for competent performance. Valid evidence must encapsulate the breadth and depth of the unit of competency, which will necessitate using a number of different assessment methods.
Sufficiency relates to the quality and quantity of evidence assessed. It requires collection of enough appropriate evidence to ensure that all aspects of competency have been satisfied and that competency can be demonstrated repeatedly. Supplementary sources of evidence may be necessary. The specific evidence requirements of each unit of competency provide advice on sufficiency.
In assessment, currency relates to the age of the evidence presented by a candidate to demonstrate that they are still competent. Competency requires demonstration of current performance, so the evidence collected must be from either the present or the very recent past.
To accept evidence as authentic, an assessor must be assured that the evidence presented for assessment is the candidate’s own work.
Assessment Requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework
Assessment leading to nationally recognised AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment in the vocational education and training sector must meet the requirements of the AQTF.
The following points summarise the assessment requirements.
Registration of Training Organisations
Assessment must be conducted by, or on behalf of, an RTO formally registered by a State or Territory Registering Body in accordance with the AQTF the RTO must have the specific units of competency and/or AQF qualifications on its scope of registration.
Quality Training and Assessment
Each RTO must provide quality training and assessment across all its operations.
Assessor Competency Requirements
Each person involved in training, assessment or client service must be competent for the functions they perform.
The RTOs assessments, including RPL, must meet the requirements of the relevant endorsed Training Package.
All registered training organisations (RTO) must have strategies for training and assessment that meet the requirements of the relevant Training Package or accredited course and are developed in consultation with industry stakeholders.
Each RTO must recognise the AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other RTO.
Access and Equity and Client Outcomes
Each RTO must adhere to the principles of access and equity and maximise outcomes for its clients.
Training and/or assessment provided on behalf of the RTO must be monitored to ensure that it is in accordance with all aspects of the AQTF.
Recording Assessment Outcomes
Each RTO must manage records to ensure their accuracy and integrity.
Issuing AQF Qualifications and Statements of Attainment
Each RTO must issue AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment that meet the requirements of the current AQF Implementation Handbook and the endorsed Training Packages within the scope of its registration. An AQF qualification is issued once the full requirements for a qualification, as specified in the nationally endorsed Training Package are met. A Statement of Attainment is issued when an individual has completed one or more units of competency from nationally recognised qualification(s) / courses(s).