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NVQ Assessor time commitment


Hi all

I am in the process of putting together a proposal for a Modern Apprenticeship scheme. The scheme would require some of our staff to achieve D32/33 in order to act as assessors for the MA's.

My question is how much time per month are they likely to need to devote to this role. I appreciate that you may only be able to provide me with guesstimates but I am looking for some sort of indicator that I can translate in to an estimated cost for budget purposes.

I would also appreciate some sort of indication of how much time per month the MA is likely to need to devote to developing their evidence portfolio.

For information - we are proposing that we take on 16 MA's on either a gas or electrical servicing Modern Apprenticeship

Thanks in advance for your help.
Nigel Parry-Price

3 Responses

  1. NVQ assessment time

    From my limited experience of helping people gain D32/D33, it seems to take at least 12 contact hours (i.e. assessing the assessors).

    How long MAs take always depends on the NVQ and the employer. Try to get at least 1 hour per week in work time. Also, seek to cut down portfolio compilation usig ideas such as taped questioning sessions.

  2. Get sector-specific advice
    You’ll need to know how often and to what extent the NVQs have requirements for any observed assessments by your assessors – this differs greatly between NVQs and will have an obvious impact on required assessor time.

    Might I suggest trying the National Training Organisations for your sector? They may well be able to advise you on best practice. You can find the relevant ones if you search the national site at

    If that proves fruitless, let me know – our college belongs to a number of assessor networks so I could always ask around for you.

  3. Every Candidate is Different
    I have found over the past 4 years that both assessors and candidates require structured time allowed. In the beginning the number of hours per week might be 3, after the candidate gets to grips with assessment this can be cut down to 1 hour per week. But and its a big BUT, every candidate has individual needs and these can change weekly and affect how long they need.


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