When thinking about the validation process, most RTOs think mapping of the tool against the unit of competency.
And whilst mapping tools are definitely a large part of assessment validation, there is more to the process that needs to be included, which we will outline in this article.
Mapping the assessment tools is probably the best place to start to ensure the units of competency and assessment requirements have been covered from the outset. The mapping process can also cover additional requirements specified in the training product.
Mapping, whilst not a requirement of the standards, helps validate assessment tools (included in the principles of assessment) in meeting the requirements outlined in the Standards for RTOs 2015 Clause 1.8.
Mapping itself is not enough; we need to go beyond mapping to assess other areas within the rules of evidence and principles of assessment.
Within this process, we will look at areas like:
Task Instructions – are they clear to both the learner and assessor?
Can we expect consistent applications from the provided instructions and tasks?
Collection of evidence – is it precise what will be collected?
Is the assessment up to date with expectations and industry practices?
Does the assessor have appropriate rules outlined to ensure assessments are reliable?
Are there appropriate adjustment options that can be applied or evidence of such based on the sample of learners' work?
What are the tool requirements for recording and administrative reporting?
Has the system for determining a valid sample been adhered to?
When completing an assessment validation, remember that the validation should be carried out by a person or team with the correct credentials that meet the competence outlined in Clause 1.11. of the Standards for RTOs 2015. Ensuring you select a trusted validator is essential to have sufficient and accurate recommendations and commentary on your assessment processes. To learn more about assessment validation, these guides from ASQA may be helpful: ASQA’s Conducting validation fact sheet ASQA’s Guide to the Standards for RTOs 2015
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