What are assessment support materials?

Setting up an RTO can be a mine field. If you are new to the industry just understanding VET lingo and regulatory obligations can seem overwhelming.

Selecting the right resource suppliers to support your training and assessment obligations can be time consuming and confusing. Even if you are an old hat at the VET game, how can you be sure your resource supplier can support your needs?

We are here to help.

We’ve helped thousands of RTOs integrate our training and assessment resources into their accredited training.

We provide a range of extra support information, such as our User Guide and You Tube videos, to ensure our clients feel confident they are using our resources effectively.

Interestingly we are always surprised at the array of terms used to describe the resources that support assessment of accredited training. We hear everything from training resources, RTO training materials, assessment books, assessment tools, learning and assessment support materials, assessment support materials, assessment resources, training assessment material…you get the idea. It’s a long list and they all refer the same thing.

So what is the official term to describe the materials RTOs use to support competency based assessment?

Well, according to the National Skills Standards Council (which is now defunct but for the moment their standards still apply), the official term is Assessment support materials.

Their definition of Assessment support materials is: ‘materials that support the delivery of accredited qualifications as per a Training Package requirement’.

These materials can be categorised as either general assessment resources or assessment tools.

Items general assessment resources might include are:

  • an explanation of the assessment tools available for use
  • example assessment materials
  • a User Guide to explain how the assessment tools should be applied
  • instructions for contextualising assessment tools
  • instructions to assessors with regard to the conduct of practical assessments (observation)
  • information about how third party evidence collection can occur and be used
  • information on adapting and contextualising assessment materials
  • assessment information that must be conveyed to candidates
  • instructions on how holistic assessments can be constructed
  • explanation of the procedures for:
    • incorporating reasonable adjustment in assessment that maintains the integrity of the unit
    • addressing employability skills
    • addressing language, literacy and numeracy requirements consistent with the workplace performance requirements specified in the relevant units of competency

Assessment tools on the other hand, must include instructions on how to use the tools, as well as the actual evidence gathering tools themselves.

For example, an evidence gathering or assessment tool must include:

  • assessment instruments – specific questions or activities, tasks or projects that have been developed as a means of collecting assessment evidence
  • assessment procedures – information or instructions for the participant and/or assessor regarding conditions under which assessment should be conducted and recorded

Assessment tools can include:

  • evidence plans
  • observation and demonstration checklists
  • questions and activities (formative and summative) – oral and written
  • projects/ research projects/ field studies
  • third party evidence collection tools
  • role plays and simulations
  • case studies and scenarios
  • holistic assessments
  • other assessment tasks relevant to the particular subject area

Assessment might also involve:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence
  • demonstration of particular techniques or work activities
  • review of performance evaluations
  • review of reports or proposals submitted to management

smallprint vocational training resources include both general assessment resources and assessment tools. To find out more about how smallprint can support your assessment processes, please call us on 08 8275 9300, or email us at admin@smallprint.com.au.

smallprint vocational training resources are also available for online training at Catapult eLearning, call 08 8275 9380 or email info@catapult-elearning.com for further information.