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      ASSESSOR POLICY




                                            Approved by INSETA Council
                                                         03 March 2004
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             ASSESSOR POLICY

STATUS:       Approved

CUSTODIAN:    Chief Executive Officer

DATE:         3 March 2004

APPROVED:     3 March 2004 by INSETA Council

REVIEW:       3 March 2005




                                            INSETA Assessor Policy
                                        Approved by INSETA Council
                                                     03 March 2004
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                                ASSESSOR POLICY
Purpose:

 To give guidelines and criteria for the process of becoming a registered assessor.

 To lay out specific outcomes which a registered assessor must meet for a complete
  and successful assessment.


Definitions:

Assessor                                           Learner that has achieved the ‘Plan
                                                   and Conduct Assessments’ standard

Learner                                            Person participating in a course with
                                                   the intention of achieving credits for
                                                   a unit standard or qualification

Registered assessor                                An assessor that has met the criteria
                                                   of a SETA, and has been registered
                                                   on their database as an assessor for
                                                   that particular sector

Registered unit standard / qualification           A qualification or unit standard that
                                                   has been quality-assured by SAQA,
                                                   and has been registered on the
                                                   National Qualifications Framework,
                                                   and against which credits may be
                                                   achieved

Competent assessor                                 An assessor that has been declared
                                                   competent in the ‘Plan and Conduct
                                                   Assessments’ unit standard, but has
                                                   either not applied to a SETA for
                                                   registration, or has not met the
                                                   minimum requirements of a SETA in
                                                   order to be a registered assessor


External and Supporting Documentation:

   1. SAQA Policy Document on Criteria and Guidelines for the Registration of
      Assessors:

       Chapter 2 of the policy states that:

        All registered assessors must have met the requirements of the generic unit
         standard and be certificated by the ETDP SETA.


                                                                       INSETA Assessor Policy
                                                                   Approved by INSETA Council
                                                                                03 March 2004
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       All registered assessors will be registered to assess specific unit standards
        and/or qualifications, and must demonstrate competence at the same level or
        above as the specific unit standards and/or qualifications.

      Chapter 3 of the policy states that:

       Unit standard and/or qualification stipulations need to be adhered to in
        assessments.

       Assessors need contextual and occupational expertise in the field of
        assessment.

       Assessments need to be fair and confidential

   2. INSQA Framework for assessment and moderation:

   3. Draft: Recognition of Prior Learning

   4. Assessor Code of Conduct

   5. Assessor Appeals Procedure


INSQA Criteria for Assessor Registration:

   1. INSQA will register all assessors which fall with its primary focus areas:

          a.   Short-term insurance
          b.   Life insurance
          c.   Insurance and Pension funding
          d.   Risk Management
          e.   Health care benefits administration
          f.   Collective investments
          g.   Funeral insurance
          h.   Reinsurance
          i.   Activities auxiliary to Financial Intermediation

   2. INSQA will register its constituent assessors for a period of three years
      renewable by request from the registered assessor. Each request will be judged
      on its own merits, and INSQA reserves the right to decline a registration.

   3. Criteria necessary to be registered as an INSETA assessor:

          a. The candidate needs to have achieved the ‘Plan and Conduct
             Assessments’ unit standard.

          b. Needs to demonstrate competence at or above the level of the unit
             standards and/or qualifications which the assessor wishes to assess
             against.


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                                                                    Approved by INSETA Council
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          c. Occupational expertise of at least three years in the particular fields
             relating to the desired unit standards and/or qualifications. (Should
             experience related to a field be insufficient, the assessor may only assess
             the unit standard and/or qualification with a Subject Matter Expert as an
             eye-witness to the proceedings.)


Procedure:

   1. A learner has to be declared competent by the ETDP SETA (or a provider acting
      on their behalf)

   2. The applicant will then contact the INSETA’s ETQA Division (INSQA) for an
      Assessor Registration Application form.

   3. This form is to be completed, and returned to INSQA along with the following:

          a. Certified copy of the learner’s Identity Document

          b. Certified copies of any relevant qualifications and/or certificates of
             attendance for skills-based workshops or short courses

          c. Brief CV outlining relevant work-based experience and including
             references

          d. In the case of assessors wishing to assess on behalf of the institution or
             organisation they working for, their superior’s authorizing signature

          e. A list of the requested unit standards and/or qualifications the assessor
             wishes to assess against, along with brief indications of competence
             (These will be judged accordingly, and the applicant will be informed of
             the outcome on Registration, with the right to appeal the decision.)

   4. INSQA will validate the information, check the information against the SAQA /
      INSQA Criteria and check for completeness. In the case of any discrepancies,
      the applicant will be notified, and given the option to rectify or explain the
      situation as needs be.

   5. Once the information has been validated, and has fulfilled the SAQA / INSQA
      Criteria, then the applicant:

          a. Will be registered on the INSETA Learner Database

          b. Will receive an INSETA Registered Assessor number and certificate

          c. Details will be uploaded to the NLRD

          d. Details will be available on the INSETA website



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                                                                     Approved by INSETA Council
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   6. Should an assessor be cross-sectoral competent, then:

          a. The assessor must apply via the relevant SETA’s ETQA as for a
             registered assessor;

          b. The assessor must meet that ETQA’s minimum requirements;

          c. Upon success of registration, notify INSQA of the dual assessorship.


Reasons for Registration not being granted, or being revoked:

   1. Should an assessor not meet the minimum requirements, registration may be
      declined.

   2. Should an assessor not uphold the spirit of the Assessor Code of Conduct,
      registration may be revoked. This decision may be appealed, as per the
      procedures laid out in the Assessor Appeals Policy.

   3. Should the assessor fail to request an extension of registration at the end of the
      three-year period, the registration will lapse. This is not a permanent situation,
      and may be changed at any time by the assessor requesting a renewal of
      registration.


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                                                                        INSETA Assessor Policy
                                                                    Approved by INSETA Council
                                                                                 03 March 2004

				
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