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What is the Process Involved in Achieving a VQ?

Once a candidate has been registered with the awarding organisation, in this case ECITB, they will be ready to begin working towards their VQ. They will then be introduced to the assessor who will offer support and guidance as the candidate progresses through the stages of the qualification. The assessor will firstly introduce the candidate to the other key members of the VQ system. These will include:

  • The Expert Witness Adviser
  • The Internal Quality Assurer
  • The Approved Centre
  • The Centre Co-ordinator
  • The External Quality Assurer
  • The Lead Quality Assurer
  • The Awarding Organisation
  • The Standard Setting Organisation (SSO)
  • The Regulators:
    1. England - Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)
    2. Scotland - Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA Accreditation)
    3. Wales - Qualifications Wales

The assessor will also explain what roles each of these key members will play in assuring the quality of the VQ system. This is vitally important as it helps to ensure that the assessment of qualifications is valid and reliable and that certificates are only awarded to those candidates who do successfully meet the standards required.

Roles of each key member in the VQ system

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