Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement Level 3

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) designed for individuals who assess vocational skills, knowledge, and understanding in a work environment. It is often pursued by those who work in roles such as assessors, trainers, or teachers involved in assessing learners' competence in a vocational setting.

The qualification typically covers various aspects, including understanding the principles and practices of assessment, assessing occupational competence in the work environment, and assessing vocational skills, knowledge, and understanding.

This qualification is suitable for:

Practitioners who assess competence both in the workplace, and vocational skills and knowledge and understanding in a non-workplace environment.

This qualification is intended for those who assess both:

  • occupational competence in the work environment 
  • vocational skills and knowledge in an educational or training environment 


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Whilst there are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved to start this qualification, assessor-candidates must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully. 

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as assessors requiring formal recognition of their knowledge and skills for regulatory requirement purposes.


The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement can lead to employment as a qualified assessor in further education or training provision, or as a trainer and assessor in work-based learning.


Qualification structure

The course has three units:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment
  • Assess occupational competence in the work environment
  • Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

How to assess

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence that details what the assessor-candidate has completed at work. 

Method of assessment include observation, questioning/professional discussion, and inspection of supporting work product evidence.

Competence is assessed by the assessor observing the assessor-candidate demonstrating that they carry out their assessing activity competently; to the National Occupational Standards; and in compliance with the sector skills council's assessment strategy.

Private funding; £950 

For discount present Code A110


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