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C H A P T E R 4
Spotlight On assessment validation:
Assembling your validation team
Fair and impartial validation
Meeting Clause 1.11 of the Standards
Systematic validation of your assessment practices and judgements needs to be undertaken by one or more people who:
- are not directly involved in the instance of delivery and assessment of the training product being validated
- collectively have vocational competencies and current industry skills relevant to the assessment being validated
- hold current knowledge and skills in vocational teaching and learning
- hold training and assessment credentials specified in Item 2 or Item 5 of Schedule 1.
You may choose to engage industry experts in your validation to ensure there is the combination of expertise to meet these requirements.
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.
An internal or external contact cannot lead validation on their own unless they personally meet all the requirements. For example, a compliance officer may have the required credentials and vocational learning currency, but may not have the industry currency and vocational skills required.
If you’re collaboratively validating assessments with another training provider, you can also share other continuous improvement ideas and achievements.