NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA)

Our course code: X316

Course fee £695 or from £52 per month

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The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) qualification is the only assessor’s qualification that will enable you to work as a fully qualified assessor. This is the full version of the TAQA course. Upon successful completion of this CAVA qualification, you will become a qualified assessor. This course replaces the old A1 / A2 and D32 / 33 assessor qualifications.

This Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement qualification is intended for those who assess both occupational competence in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a workshop, classroom or other training environments. This is a transferable qualification to any sector that you have occupational competence in. This assessors award provides a national benchmark for best practice in assessing.

This assessors award is ideal for students who would like to be fully qualified assessors for learners in either the classroom and/or the work environment. This qualification will enable you to assess vocational competencies in a wide range of qualifications such as:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Functional Skills
  • Technical Certificates
  • RQFs (NVQs/QCFs)
  • Awards, Certificates, Diplomas

By studying this CAVA qualification, you will:

  • Build in-depth knowledge of assessing, covering key topics including principles and practices of assessment, types of assessment methods, the importance of quality assurance in assessment processes
  • Be able to maintain legal and good practise requirements when assessing occupational competence
  • Be able to prepare and implement assessments of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Be able to provide required information following the assessment of vocational skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Be able to maintain legal and good practise requirements when assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.

Perfect for anyone looking to assess competence and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in work environments.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

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  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE
  • Our course code: X316
  • Qualification code: 501/0885/2
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

NCFE are a national awarding organisation, passionate about designing, developing, and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards.

Study Hours

It takes around 84 hours to complete the learning for this course, which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months. The total qualification time is 150 hours.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Your portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and externally quality assured. This is a regulated qualification, in which staff involved in the assessment must:

  • Already hold the qualification they are assessing (or a recognised equivalent) and have successfully assessed learners for other Teaching, Learning or Assessment qualifications
  • Have up-to-date working knowledge and experience of best practice in assessment and quality assurance

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

This course carries 15 credits at Level 3.

Learners who achieve one of these qualifications could progress to:

  • NCFE Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Minimum Enrolment Age - 19 years

Credits - 15

Course Content

1: Understanding the principles and practices of assessment

Those who undertake this unit will have a better understanding of the function of assessment. A key focus of the unit is to involve the learners in the assessment process so they see it as an integral part of their learning experience.

2: Assess occupational competencies in the work environment

This is a performance unit for anyone who assesses in the work environment using methods such as observations, questions and examining products of work.

3: Assess vocational skills, knowledge and understanding

The aim of this unit is to assess the trainee Assessor’s performance in assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in environments other than the workplace (eg workshops, classrooms or other training environments), and in any other environment using methods such as assignments, projects, simulations and tests.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

All learners need to mark and assess two students' work to complete this course.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!