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Criteria for the approval of an Assessment Quality Partner

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 functions of an Assessment Quality Partner – AQP

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  1. 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 criteria for the accreditation of assessment centres or the approval of assessment sites for external assessments;recommend to the QCTO the accreditation and withdrawal of accreditation of assessment centres;
  • and 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.

 

  1. Coordinate and manage external assessment processes;
  2. Record and upload learner external assessment applications and achievements to the QCTO;
  3. Moderate at least 10% of learner external assessments;
  4. Recommend the certification of learners to the QCTO;
  5. Implement an appeals policy as guided by an assessment policy;
  6. Conduct learner tracer studies;
  7. Promote continuous professional development of AQP associated practitioners;
  8. Report to the QCTO on the performance of its functions in the form and manner required by the QCTO; and
  9. Provide a mechanism for RPL.

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