As per the SAQA policy on the assessment of unit standards, CATHSSETA requires assessors and moderators to show evidence of expertise for the unit standards and/or skills programmes that they intend to assess.
Assessors and moderators fall into the large group of individuals in South Africa known as Education and Training Development Practitioners (ETDPs). This term refers to all the people that play different roles in education and training, such as teachers, trainers, facilitators, tutors and lecturers.
A person who works full-time as an ETDP should ideally have a full ETD qualification such as an occupationally-directed ETD qualification (e.g. Diploma in Occupationally-directed Practice at Level 5 on the NQF or a certificate in occupationally-directed practice at Level 4 on the NQF). It may also be possible for the ETDP to have an equivalent qualification.
In addition to such a qualification, full-time ETDP should also be qualified in their own field/subject of expertise and be familiar with the work across the sector. The combination of this and ETD expertise should place such individuals in a position to develop other people in the field in question.
However, not all ETD practitioners are full-time. ETD work is often carried out by individuals who have different jobs as their primary focus, such as being a manager or a supervisor. Nonetheless, such individuals may be in prime positions to conduct certain ETD activities, such as mentoring learners in the workplace or even assessing them.
CATHSSETA recognises various types of assessors within its provider base:
- Institutional Assessors: Internal or External
- Independent Assessors: Contract or Licensed