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The Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) is the only assessor qualification that allows you to practise as a fully-qualified assessor. It is equally suitable to assessors in classrooms or professional training.

Sometimes known as the TAQA (Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance), this is a recognised Level 3 assessing vocational achievement certification that came to replace the previous A1/2 and D32/33 assessor qualification.

So, whether you need to be able to observe learners in the workplace or assess their vocational knowledge through assignment-based tasks and question and answer sessions in classrooms; the CAVA assessor course will have you covered for your industry.

Benefits you will gain

  • High-quality eLearning study materials and Templates.
  • Recommended textbooks (via Kindle): Principles and Practices of Assessment and Achieving your Assessment and Quality Assurance Units by Ann Gravells
  • Step-by-step guidance.
  • 24/7 Access to the Virtual Learning Environment.
  • Recognised Accredited Qualification.
  • Study in a user-friendly, advanced online learning platform.
  • Excellent support with open access to your Tutors, who will call you and explain exactly what you need to do to achieve this qualification.


Highfield Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (RQF)


This course is delivered online and you can access the course 24/7. The course is broken down into the following Units:

  • Understanding the principles and practices of assessment.
  • Assess occupational competence in the work environment.
  • Assess vocational skills, knowledge, and understanding.

Method of Assessment

Unit 1 is entirely knowledge-based and is assessed by the completion of a workbook. This unit covers all of the underpinning theories behind the role and responsibilities of an assessor.

Unit 2 requires you, the candidate assessor, to carry out 2 assessments on 2 learners each – totaling 4 assessments. You will be required to assess their occupational competence within their workplace using ‘Observation’ and at least one other assessment method.

Finally, in unit 3 you will again be required to carry out 2 assessments on 2 learners. However, for this unit, you will be assessing candidates’ knowledge and understanding of their roles.

Who is this Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA) course for?

This course is for anyone looking to become a qualified assessor. You could be looking to work as an: Electrical Engineering Assessor, Early Years Assessor, Business Admin Assessor, an Equine Assessor, or any other assessor. Other sectors include:

  • Fitness
  • Hairdressing
  • Beauty
  • Railway
  • Construction
  • Teaching
  • Care
  • First aid
  • Health and Safety

Course Duration

The duration of your course is entirely down to you. However, based on 4 – 5 hours of study per week, your course duration would be approximately 5 months.


  • You will be asked to submit a copy of identification documents such as a passport or driving license.
  • Be a minimum of 19 years of age
  • Be able to submit an up-to-date CV
  • You will need to have access to a qualified assessor for your observations. If you don’t we can provide one at an additional cost. Contact us for further details