Step 5: Assessing the evidence

Once all of the evidence is collected from the various sources (documentary evidence provided by the applicant, competency conversation, workplace observation, demonstration, simulation, etc.) you need to make a judgement about the applicant's competence based on that evidence. You may also need to make judgements about the alignment of the applicant's evidence with the course or training package qualification. This alignment process should be documented so that it is clear how that determination was made.

You will need to review all of the evidence gathered in order to make an informed decision. For example, as part of an Skills Recognition assessment for a unit of competency the applicant may have:

  • engaged with you in a detailed conversation about their work skills
  • completed a practical task in the workplace or under simulated conditions
  • provided a third party report from their current supervisor, which you have subsequently verified
  • presented a valid certificate for completion for a course that provides further supporting evidence of competence in the required skills and knowledge of that unit.

Making a decision will involve:

  • checking evidence quality (using the rules of evidence)
  • judging how well the applicant performed according to the standard expected
  • synthesising evidence from multiple sources

If you decide that there are any units of competency for which there is insufficient evidence, you may ask the applicant for further detail. Alternatively, you may decide to advise gap training for specific elements or units, or full training if necessary.