The Professional Role

The Assessor Coach (AC) is a dual professional, using their up-to-date professional knowledge and skills to support vocational and professional development across the formal Education and Training sectors, as well as in any employer setting, and at any level. 

They may, for example, coach and assess apprentices, trainees or new recruits (ranging from young entrants, to new CEOs) in the workplace, commensurate with their own level of experience and qualifications, as required by their employer or their sector.

The Learning Journey

The length of the course is typically 15 months plus the End Point Assessment.

On Programme Learning

This course is delivered through a series of monthly masterclasses using a blended learning model, including independent study and work based assignments to evidence the knowledge, skills and behaviours for this qualification, a sample of which is listed in the table to the right.

Some of this training may be delivered virtually using video calling.

Knowledge Skills Behaviours
  • Access up-to-date and valid information, advice and guidance (IAG)
  • Strategies for inspiring learners, increasing resilience in overcoming barriers and obstacles, and in raising concerns
  • Recording, storing and sharing information that is legally compliant
  • The effective use of active listening, assertiveness and questioning skills to support retention, progress and achievement

  • Facilitate access to relevant, current IAG
  • Anticipate and overcome barriers to progress and inspire achievement, ensuring that learning is inclusive and supports diversity
  • Give timely feedback on progress towards mastery of relevant skills and knowledge 
  • Use effective listening, assertiveness and questioning to support learners’ to engage with their learning plans and with assessment criteria and processes
  • Inspire, motivate and raise learners’ aspirations through their passion for the sector
  • Operate at all times to ethical and legal standards and within professional boundaries
  • Be resilient and adaptable when dealing with challenge and change 
  • Value the importance of Maths, English and ICT skills in the learners’ future economic and social wellbeing


The Assessor Coach may be eligible to progress onto a full teaching role within an education and training provider organisation.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the above, you will need to achieve a level 2 Functional Skills qualification in English and maths if you do not already hold these at GCSE or equivalent. 

Plus you will need to attain a level 1 certificate in Safeguarding.

End Point Assessment

Once you have met all the criteria to pass Gateway, the EPA will consist of:

  • Assessor coach observations
  • A professional discussion