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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[...]

    What are Qualification Assessment Specifications – QAS

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    The AQP will set the national standards to ensure validity and consistency of the external   summative   assessment.  The   QAS  form   an   integral   part   of   every occupational qualification and are developed for each occupational qualification and outline and record the following information:

    1. Title of occupational qualification;
    2. Curriculum reference number;
    3. Name and details of the AQP;
    4. External assessment strategy;
    5. Key occupational outcomes;
    6. The point(s) at which the qualification must be assessed (allowing for production cycle if required);
    7. Critical  identified  elements  of  ‘internal  assessment’  to  be  externally moderated (if any);
    8. Eligibility requirements for candidates for external assessment;
    1. Exemptions;
    2. Minimum requirements for the registration of assessors;
    3. Provide links to the AQP website for information on:

    –              Criteria for accreditation of assessment centres

    –              Exemplars of external assessment instruments

    –              Relevant sections of AQP assessment policy and procedures: those required for public information, including language(s) of assessment and RPL;

    The Qualification Assessment Specifications are developed during the qualification development process and it is expected that a minimum of 50% of the working group members should be experts in that particular occupational qualification.