Principles of Assessment

As part of the COTY commitment to high-quality adult vocation education, the college strategies and principles of assessment are designed and monitored to ensure that there is reliability, flexibility, validity, and fairness.[i]

Reliability is really about the degree of consistency and accuracy of the assessment outcome. That the evidence presented by the students are consistently interpreted and that the results are comparable, regardless of the assessor conducting the assessment.

Validity ensures that the knowledge and skills assessed have a practical application in the chosen vocation and the relevant industry.  You will be assessed against the unit of competency assessment requirements in real or simulated vocational situations.

Flexibility in assessment is based on the learner’s needs and requirements using a range of assessment methods in context with the units of competency requirements. This includes providing recognition of current competencies (no matter where these skills were learned) and credit transfer for any previous study where applicable.

Fairness ensures that assessments are conducted with careful consideration of the learner’s needs and personal characteristics and making reasonable judgments as required.  You will also have a clear understanding of the assessment process, confirm that you are ready for the assessment and be given the opportunity to challenge the result and be reassessed if necessary.

All our trainers and assessors hold the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and have current and in-depth experience in the field in which they are training.  This means you get the best training, principled assessment and access to trainers with years of on-the-job experience and know-how.

For more information on our training and assessments please talk to your course or student advisor or refer to the COTY Learner’s Handbook.

[i] Principles of Assessment means the principles contained in clause 1.8 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), which includes fairness, flexibility, validity, and reliability.



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