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NVQ/SVQ Assessor Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an NVQ/SVQ Assessor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an NVQ/SVQ Assessor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful NVQ/SVQ Assessor Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

NVQ/SVQ assessor/verifiers assess trainees working towards National/Scottish Vocational Qualifications. They monitor candidates against a list of occupational standards, by directly observing the person at work, checking a portfolio of written evidence, or other methods. They provide feedback to the trainees, and offer advice if the standards are not met.

Assessors must keep accurate written records of their candidates progress, according to the requirements of the NVQ/SVQ awarding bodies.

NVQ/SVQ assessors employed by training providers or colleges may have a large caseload of candidates to deal with. They may also have to canvass local employers to arrange work placements for trainees.

Many are employed as trainer-assessors, who plan and deliver work-related training as well carry out assessments. Those who deal with 16-24 year olds under the Modern Apprenticeship scheme may also provide training and assessment in the Key Skills of literacy, numeracy, communication and using information technology.

Internal and external verifiers carry out quality checks on the work of NVQ/SVQ assessors and training centres, to make sure the assessment process is carried out properly.

Hours and Environment

NVQ/SVQ assessors usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. They may have to work outside normal office hours to fit in with their candidates'' shift patterns.

They are usually based in an office or training centre, but often travel around to assess candidates in their own workplace. Depending on the occupational area, assessments could take place indoors or outdoors.

Skills and Interests

To be an NVQ/SVQ assessor/verifier, you should:

  • be competent and experienced in the occupational area you want to assess
  • have excellent communication skills, to explain the occupational standards and give feedback
  • be good at motivating and encouraging people
  • be interested in helping people develop
  • be patient and tactful
  • be able to relate to staff at all levels
  • be skilled at writing reports and keeping accurate written records.


Although there are no set academic requirements, you should have experience, knowledge and skill in the occupational sector you will be assessing. Work or professional qualifications in your chosen field are useful, especially NVQs/SVQs at level 3 or above.

There is no upper age limit for entry. You will be at an advantage if you have previous experience of training or supervisory work in your chosen field, or if you have teaching or training qualifications.

Some in-house NVQ/SVQ assessors carry out these duties as part of a wider role within an organisation''s training department. For more information see: Training Officer.


NVQ/SVQ assessors need an assessment qualification, either A1 (Assess candidates using a range of methods) or A2 (Assess candidates performance through observation). These replace the former Training and Development Lead Body (TDLB) assessment qualifications D32 and D33.

Internal verifiers must hold an assessment qualification, and also verification unit V1 (Conduct internal quality assurance of the assessment process). V1 replaces the former TDLB internal verification qualification D34. External verifiers must hold A1, V1 and also V2 (Conduct external quality assurance of the assessment process). V2 replaces the former TDLB external verification unit D35.

Assessor/verifier qualifications are widely available at colleges and training centres throughout the UK. You must have access to at least two NVQ/SVQ candidates to assess. Assessors and verifiers holding or currently working towards the former D units do not need to requalify.

As a new assessor, you can apply for associate membership of the Institute of Assessors and Internal Verifiers (IAV). With 12 months experience, you can apply for full membership and be listed on the IAV''s National Register. Depending on the industry, you may be required to undertake periods of continuing professional development in order to keep your own skills up-to-date. The IAV is able to offer training and seminars to meet this end.

Some assessors may find it beneficial to undertake additional teaching or training qualifications, such as:

the City and Guilds 7307/7407 in Further and Adult Education Teaching
the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Certificate in Training Practice (CTP)
NVQs/SVQs at levels 3, 4 and 5 in Learning and Development.


Assessor/verifiers can be employed in almost every occupational area, wherever NVQ/SVQ qualifications exist, for example, in administration, care, catering, construction, customer service, hairdressing, engineering or retail.

NVQ/SVQ assessors are often employed by training providers or colleges. Larger companies may employ their own in-house assessors.

Promotion to NVQ/SVQ centre manager is possible. Assessors with relevant qualifications can move into further education teaching or training management.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

NVQ/SVQ assessor/verifiers can earn from £14,000 to £24,000 a year, depending on duties, qualifications and experience.

Further information

Institute of Assessors and Internal Verifiers
PO Box 148
CH62 7WB
Tel: 0151 334 8215

Employment NTO *
4th Floor
Kimberley House
47 Vaughan Way
Tel: 0116 251 7979

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful NVQ/SVQ Assessor Work Information

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