OPITO – Competence Assessor Training


OPITO Competence Assessor Award Competence Assessors are trained to conduct assessments on the organisation’s personnel to ensure they are competent to perform their work according to operational standards.


OPITO Competence Assessor

This accredited OPITO Competence Assessor Award programme has been specifically designed for delegates who:

  • Have access to 2 candidates with the same discipline
  • Are considered technically competent in the area they are expected to assess
  • Are required to carry out assessments and make assessment decisions
  • Are prepared to ask candidates questions as required to clarify an element of the standard(s) being assessed
  • Have the ability to judge whether the candidate’s performance/responses are acceptable and satisfy the requirements of the standard(s) being assessed
  • Have the ability to correctly complete the assessment paperwork/report
  • Are able to give constructive feedback to the candidate on the results of the assessment

The OPTIO Competence Assessor Award Certificate indicates that the delegate has achieved the level of competence required to be recognised as an OPITO Certified Competence Assessor.


The training consists of the following modules and elements:

  1. Introduction to Assessment
    1.1. Introduction to competence assessment
    1.2. Evidence sources
  2. Planning and Carrying out the Assessment
    2.1 Assessment planning
    2.2 Collecting and evaluating evidence and making the assessment decision
  3. Feedback and Record Keeping
    3.1 Recording assessment decisions
    3.2 Providing feedback

Delegates will complete an open book written test, maximum 60 minutes, in an invigilated environment, testing the underpinning knowledge of the theory learning outcomes 1-15, of the OPITO Competence Assessor Training Standard.

Workplace Evidence Requirements

In order to achieve the Workplace Evidence Requirements, delegates must submit, as a minimum, the assessment-related documentation listed below to SAFER Training within a twelve month period.  Two candidates must be assessed in the workplace and the same two candidates must be used throughout the assessment process:

a) A minimum of one Assessment Plan for each candidate containing the following information:

  1. Who is to be involved in the assessment
  2. Unit(s)/Criteria/Task to be assessed
  3. Planned assessment date(s)
  4. Assessment method(s) to be used including, as a minimum, observation or simulation and questioning (per candidate).

b) Records for each candidate demonstrating that the planned assessments were carried out using appropriate assessment methods

c) An assessment record for each candidate demonstrating that the evidence gathered in the assessment is mapped against the relevant Unit(s)/Criteria/Task

d) Records of feedback to each candidate which include the assessment decision made

e) Internal Verification Records of both assessments by the employing organisation’s representative responsible for the quality assurance of assessment decisions




For attendance on the Competence Assessor Training Programme; delegates must provide evidence that they have access to a minimum of two candidates when undertaking an assessment process in their workplace.