Job type

QCF assessor

£18k - £33k

Typical salary

37 – 39

Hours per week

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) assessors support and assess vocational qualifications, helping trainees meet standards.

More info

  • Support and assess people working towards vocational qualifications
  • You'll need the ability to motivate people & deliver training and lead workshops
  • You could progress to lead an assessor team

As a QCF assessor, you'll help make sure trainees meet occupational standards.


  • Planning and delivering vocational training programmes and workshops
  • Observing and assessing candidates in their workplace
  • Interviewing candidates and examining their portfolios of evidence
  • Providing feedback and offering advice
  • Signing off the award when all requirements are met
  • Keeping records of candidates' progress
  • Attending meetings with other assessors
  • Working closely with training staff and candidates' managers


You could assess as part of a wider role within an organisation's training department, or as part of your main job. You'll assess candidates in their training centre or workplace, so you may need to work evenings and weekends to fit in with their shifts. You'll usually be based at an office or training centre and would travel to your candidates' places of work.

You'll need

For this role, you'll need knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses, patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, to enjoy working with other people, customer service skills, sensitivity and understanding, excellent verbal communication skills, the ability to work well with others, and flexibility and openness to change.

You'll need industry experience and a minimum of a level 3 qualification in the sector you plan to assess. You'll also need an assessing qualification, such as a Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment, Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally-Related Achievement, or Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.

You can also do a level 4 assessor higher apprenticeship, for which you'll usually need a level 3 assessor qualification to start, along with a qualification in the subject you want to assess. Employers will also be looking for relevant up-to-date experience.

You'll need to have a driving licence, and pass enhanced background checks.


With relevant experience and qualifications you could progress to lead an assessor team, move into further education teaching or become a training manager. You could also work as an internal or external verifier, checking the work of assessors and training centres.