Your learning will consist of a number of steps, called ‘units of competency’ or ‘competencies’. A competency is the knowledge and skill required to carry out an aspect of your job, or training at the level or standard required.
If you are competent in a task, it means: • You can carry out the task correctly • You understand what the task is about and why you need to do it that was • You know what to do if something goes wrong while you’re doing it • You know how to apply what you’ve learned in one situation to another situation.
We ask you to answer set questions and complete a range of tasks and activities which we assess.
Let’s look at an example: getting a driver’s licence.
Let’s say that I want to get my driver’s licence. I have been taught by my dad and have had lots of practice. I walk into the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), and when my number is called I say that I want my driver’s licence, because I know I can drive. Do you think that the RMS would, at this point, simply give me a licence? I should hope not!
They would use a number of methods that give me the opportunity to prove to them that I am indeed capable of driving:
When assessing your competency for your course we use a number of these methods at different times. Just as with getting your driver’s licence, you need to prove to us that you have the competency required; it is not enough for you to just say that you do (not that we don’t believe you, we just need to make sure before we give you your certificate).
Assessment is an important part of the learning process. It gives you feedback on your progress – letting you know your areas of accomplishment and pointing out if there are any parts of the learning process where you need to do some more work.
The outcome of the assessment of a competency is either Competent or Not Competent. If the assessor decides that you are Not Competent, they will explain that to you and what is needed for you to be assessed as Competent.
You will then have an opportunity to resubmit your assessment.