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Assessment in post-secondary non-tertiary education


6.Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education

6.9Assessment in post-secondary non-tertiary education

Last update: 5 February 2024

In cases where the candidate has reliable documented evidence of competences (e.g. from non-formal settings) the documentation is delivered to the group of assessors. They may recognize a qualification unit or units of the entire qualification based on the evidence. In cases where there is no documented evidence or one cannot verify competences based on the documentation, competence tests will take place.

The competence tests are carried out in an authentic work environment. The VET provider has drafted an individual plan in cooperation with the candidate and employer. The plan focuses on how to make the competence test and how it complies with the qualification criteria.

The test situation is monitored and assessed by a representative of working life and a VET teacher. It is the responsibility of the VET providers to train the assessors and tutors in working life. The training usually consists of the qualification requirements, guidance and assessment and assessment criteria.

The assessors record the results on an assessment sheet, in which the learning outcomes and assessment criteria are described. Additionally, self-assessment by the candidate is carried out. After the competence test the assessors and the candidate review the test situation and give feedback to the candidate. The documented assessment decisions are delivered to the VET provider, which will award the qualification and the certificate.

Please see more in chapter 8.4.