Assessments

Assessments

ASSESSMENTS

Under the Hammer ensures that all assessments and evaluations are done in accordance with the assessment criteria of relevant training packages(s) and in line with Standards for RTOs 2015. The purpose of this procedure is to determine whether a student who is participating in a program of study has acquired the required competencies, essential skills, and essential knowledge to be deemed competent, as per the assessment guidelines of the relevant training and/or qualification package. Under the Hammer will always comply with the Assessment Guidelines contained within the nationally endorsed Training Packages or the assessment requirements specified within accredited courses curriculum documents contained within Under the Hammer scope of registration.

Under the Hammer’s assessment processes will be:

Valid: all assessment methods utilised by Under the Hammer will be current and will assess what they claim to assess. Under the Hammer will utilise the following assessment methods:

– Questions and Answers.
– Multiple Choice Questions.
– Projects.
– Scenarios.
– Case studies.
– Role Plays.

Reliable: all assessments are flexible to the individual learner by:

– Reflecting the learner’s needs.
– Assessing competencies held by the learner no matter how or where they have been acquired.
– Drawing from a range of assessment methods and using those that are appropriate to the context, the unit of competency and associated assessment requirements, and the individual.

Fair: all assessment procedures utilised by Under the Hammer will be fair and they will not place participants at a disadvantage.

Evidence presented for assessment is consistently interpreted and assessment results are comparable irrespective of the assessor conducting the assessment.

Flexible:  Under the Hammer’s assessments are flexible to the individual learner by:

– Reflecting the learner’s needs.
– Assessing competencies held by the learner no matter how or where they have been acquired.
– Drawing from a range of assessment methods and using those that are appropriate to the context, the unit of competency and associated assessment requirements, and the individual.

Rules of Evidence

Validity: The assessor assured that the learner has the skills, knowledge, and attributes as described in the module or unit of competency and associated assessment requirements.

Sufficiency: The assessor is assured that the quality, quantity, and relevance of the assessment evidence enables a judgment to be made of a learner’s competency.

Authenticity: The assessor is assured that the evidence presented for assessment is the learner’s own work.

Currency: The assessor is assured that the assessment evidence demonstrates current competency.  This requires the assessment evidence to be from the present or the very recent past.

Assessments are conducted by experienced and suitably qualified trainers/Assessors that have the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and the full assessor skill set.

Under the Hammer will deliver and assess all qualifications on its scope of registration in accordance with the delivery and assessment strategies in place for each qualification or accredited course. Our assessment process is equitable for all participants and will consider the cultural, linguistic, and other individual needs in relation to assessment tasks.  All participants will be informed of the assessments to be conducted throughout the program. Students will be provided with specific detail on what is being assessed, how it is being assessed, when an assessment is to be conducted, the timeframe for completing the assessment, and how they will be graded. Students will be provided with feedback about their performance at regular intervals throughout the program and feedback on any assessment item completed.

All assessments are marked as either ‘Competent’ or ‘Not Yet Competent’. In a situation of an assessment being marked as ‘Not Yet Competent’ students have two (opportunities to successfully complete each assessment). If any participant in a program is dissatisfied with the results of their assessment, they have the right to appeal the results.

Under the Hammer will undertake a regular review of its assessment systems and procedures and the outcomes of assessment to ensure that they are appropriate and current and in line with the requirements of the relevant industry groups. This review and moderation process is essential in maintaining the integrity of Under the Hammer’s assessment system.

All learners enrolled must successfully achieve competency in all units included in every stage of their course to obtain their appropriate certification.