What is this programme about?
Accreditation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Adult Education courses is a way of ensuring content is delivered and skills are acquired and developed at a consistent level. However, many trainers, assessors, and curriculum developers struggle when tasked with designing a suitable Assessment Plan, whether because of lack of training or difficulties designing real assessments for actual use. Accredited Assessment Plans provide the assurance that an individual who has completed a training session or qualification has the knowledge and capabilities related to that course at an appropriate level. This accreditation, within either the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) framework or the Skills Framework (SFw), comes from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and requires a rigorous approach to assessment with regard to training outcomes.
Learn how to design innovative competency-based assessments which satisfy the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence which address SSG’s course accreditation requirements. By exploring and discussing the nature and requirements of assessment, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to design an Assessment Plan which contains all of the necessary tools and instructions for gathering and interpreting evidence as required for SSG accreditation.
In this interactive three-hour workshop, you will be walked through the step-by-step guide:
- What is an assessment tool?
- The principles of assessment
- The rules of evidence
- The context of SSG course accreditation/approval/proposal requirements
- Four steps to quality assessment tools
Step 1 – Clarifying the evidence requirements
- Picturing competence
- Examining the benchmarks
- Confirming the evidence requirements
- Identifying your candidates
Step 2 – Select appropriate assessment methods
- How will you gather the evidence?
- Considering your candidates’ needs
- Who will collect the evidence?
- Where will you gather the evidence?
- When will you gather the evidence?
Step 3 – Design and develop assessment tools
- Fit for purpose
- Instructions for candidates and assessors
- Tools for direct observation
- Tools for structured assessment activities
- Tools for questioning
- Self‑evaluation tools
- Knowledge‑based tests
- Tools for evidence compiled by the candidates
- Tools for reviewing products
- Tools for third‑party feedback
Step 4 – Test, refine and review your tools
Through a mixture of discussions and case studies, you will explore this approach in order to better understand the nature of assessment as it relates to SSG accreditation. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the facilitator, Mr Ives Tay, who previously led WSQ Course Accreditation teams in WDA (now SSG) before moving on to consult for Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) on WSQ matters, including development of curriculum and quality audit preparation.