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    The functions of an Assessment Quality Partner - AQP

    An Assessment Quality Partner must, in respect of the qualifications and part qualifications specified in the Service Level Agreement; recommend the external assessment specifications document for approval by the QCTO; recommend the external assessment specifications document for approval by the QCTO; develop and maintain a national data-bank of instruments for external assessments;publish exemplars of external assessments;recommend to the QCTO the accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation of skills development providers for the knowledge and/or practical skills component using criteria and guidelines provided by the QCTO; register assessors and moderators for the external assessments;develop c[...]

    Criteria for the approval of an Assessment Quality Partner

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    The QCTO will appoint an entity as an assessment quality partner only if it is satisfied that the entity has:

    i.      The necessary expertise, experience and standing in relation to the occupational qualifications or foundational learning for which the assessment quality partner is appointed; and

    ii.      the resources necessary to perform its functions

    In terms of clause of the QCTO Delegation Policy, 22 June 2011 the criteria have been defined in detail as follows:

    i.     be  recommended  to  the  QCTO  by  the  relevant      DQP  during  the occupational                           development  process at a point  when they submit  an

    occupational profile. Possible evidence: letter of recommendation from the DQP; Attendance register; DQP progress report with endorsement of the selected body by constituency to ensure trust and acceptance; extracts from minutes of scoping meeting where the decision took place;

    ii.      have access to communities of expert practitioners in the occupation/s concerned;    Possible evidence: Attendance registers; reference to extracts from websites with links to CEPs or any other relevant information such as an indication as to where the AQP will source expertise to design assessments;

    iii.    have standing in the occupation or occupations concerned; Possible evidence: cross reference to websites, publications and any other relevant information;

    iv.     have access to assessors and other human resources necessary to perform the AQP functions using criteria and guidelines provided by the QCTO. Possible evidence: Database of assessors

    v.     have access to a reliable management information system in the format required by the   QCTO; Possible evidence: Organogram or reference to an organisation to whom this function has been outsourced;

    vi.     have the financial resources necessary to establish the AQP function and implement effective, efficient and transparent financial management and internal control systems, verified by means of a written commitment by its relevant authority; Possible evidence: evidence that the functions have been catered for in the organisation budget; a letter from the AQP’s relevant authority committing the necessary financial resources to fund the AQP;

    vii.    have a proposed fee structure funding model to maintain the delivery of AQP services for    a minimum of five years aligned to the QCTO Fee Structure Policy;

    viii.    be willing to sign the QCTO Code of Conduct (Schedule 4) if delegation is approved;

    ix.     have  research  capacity  even  if  through  a  third  party  arrangement;

    Possible evidence:   cross reference to reports or process of how this criterion will be addressed; and

    x.     Proof  that  the  organisation  is  a  juristic  person:  Possible  evidence:

    submit a valid tax clearance certificate where appropriate.

    Proof must be submitted to demonstrate adherence with the criteria mentioned above.

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