the qualification type this could be face-toface, distance learning, blended learning or
e-learning. After this course of learning, you
would be assessed. This assessment should
either be through an invigilated assessment
paper or the submission of a portfolio of
evidence, which is then independently
moderated. If you have not been assessed
through one of these methods, then your
qualification is not accredited.
Now, what many suppliers offer are
accredited 'programmes'. With an accredited
programme the training materials have been
reviewed and signed off by a competent party
as being sufficient for the course a person is
studying. Here the value of the course is
directly linked to the credibility of the
approving organisation and the process the
individual goes through to gain accreditation.
This is the jump some unscrupulous suppliers
want to make, they are giving you this type of
accreditation, but they want you to think it is
the first I mentioned (where a regulated
qualification is achieved). Just like the
example with my bacon.
So how do you make sure you are getting the
right training for you? There are a few simple
questions you can ask:
• does this give my learners a regulated
• with which awarding organisation?
• how is the exam invigilated or moderated?
What are the new dangers?
Online invigilation has been on the horizon for
a few years now, and will no doubt have a
huge impact in the years to come. There are
two ways of achieving this:
1. Online proctoring - This is the more
credible of the two options. With online
proctoring the candidate's computer would
have features that restrict access to the
internet/applications, and webcams and
microphones would be used to ensure that
coaching is not taking place. Using this
model, the candidate is monitored in real time
from a monitoring station in a separate area.
All of this happens in real time and the
invigilator can 'interact' with the candidate
should suspicions be raised.
This approach allows for issues to be dealt
with at the time of the assessment, in the
same way as would be done with a traditional
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