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The new ‘A Units’ qualification replaced the old D32 and D33 assessor units, however the old ‘D Units’ remain valid and anyone who holds one or both of the D Units need not undertake the new A Units. All new assessors need to gain accreditation using the new A Units route.
There are two A Unit qualifications, A1 and A2. A1 is the equivalent of D32/D33 combined and is the higher unit that allows an assessor to sign off all assessment types. Our main emphasis with the A Units has been to make sure all salons have at least one person either A1 or D32/D33 qualified or registered and working towards the A1 qualification.
A2 is the ‘practical’ assessor’s qualification and is the equivalent of the old D32 alone. Holders of A2 can sign off ‘practical’ assessments and many salons encourage several of their team to hold A2 so that they can sign off assessments on work undertaken by Candidates on paying Clients in the salon.
A2 allows newer team members (including those that have fairly recently completed their NVQs) to become practical assessors and therefore help speed up the process of signing off assessments and the gaining of NVQs. It is important to remember, however, that those wishing to assess NVQ Level Two must have completed a total of at least five years in hairdressing and hold a Level Two NVQ. Assessors wishing to assess NVQ Level Three must hold NVQ Level Three and have at least five years experience. In either case, if an assessor does not hold an NVQ, they must have completed ten years in hairdressing before they can register for A2.
The introduction of Global On-Line Assessment (GOLA) has taken away much of the work of the A1 assessor, those salons that use GOLA no longer have to mark written papers or assess assignments and this has saved a tremendous amount of time. We estimate that for each Candidate completing an NVQ using paper based written assessments, a total of one full day of marking (over time) is needed, with GOLA, assessment is automatically marked by the computer so this time is immediately saved.
A1 and A2 Induction Days are scheduled throughout the year, please refer to the events section on the Cheynes Training website and also in the e-Update. Please also note that we will also deliver in-house A2 days for salons who have five or more new assessors.
To view information relating to Standardisation Meetings, the the role of the RTA and the Role of the External Verifier please click on the links below.
|RTA Role Description|
|Role of the External Verifier|
|Programme Standardisation Meetings|