ASQA | Spotlight On assessment validation, Chapter 4
Assembling your validation team
Chapter 4 aims to help training providers understand the requirements that your selected validation team needs to meet. We look at where and how you might begin sourcing your team.
Fair and impartial validation
To meet the Standards for validation, and to remove the risk of bias, your validation team will need to include someone who was outside training and assessment delivery to review your sample. Your team can be made up of one person or a team of people. However, the team needs to meet the requirements of Clause 1.11 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.
Choosing your validation team
Your validation team can be sourced either internally or externally.
Validators can be employees or contractors of your training provider, including
- trainers and assessors
- compliance staff
Trainers and assessors who were directly involved in the training and assessment of the products being validated can participate in the process as part of a team, but cannot:
- conduct the validation on his/her own
- determine the validation outcome for any assessment judgements they made, and
- be the lead validator in the assessment team.
You can invite external sources to conduct your validation process. These could include:
- employers and employer associations
- industry bodies
- other training providers —from the same or different industry areas
Using external team members is particularly useful for small providers with only one or two trainers/assessors. The invaluable experience that industry and other providers bring to the process can allow you to embed new advice and feedback into your practices.
Assembling your team
Putting together a validation team might seem a daunting task, but it may be simpler than you think.
Watch this short video which explains the requirements that any validation team needs to meet and the current skills and knowledge required.
The benefits of industry validation
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View the webinar recording on assessment validation
ASQA held a webinar on 15 July 2021 about assessment validation. We covered the focus on self-assurance to achieve excellence in training outcomes, how to use assessment validation and its role in ASQA’s performance assessment process.