Workplace Competence Assessor – Consultancy & Courses

Workplace Competence Assessor

For Front line managers, supervisors, team leaders, competence assessors

The Workplace Competence Assessor (WCA) course will provide front line managers, supervisors and team leaders with the tools, techniques and skills to evaluate, develop and maintain the ongoing competence of their employees.

WCA is designed to upskill staff who need to assess competencies in the workplace, whether they are existing Competence Assessors or aspiring to be.

The workplace competence assessor course allowed me to understand how to undertake a review of how we manage competency at the moment so that we can see where we can implement these new elements. The training was really useful, and with it being an in-house course it was an advantage as it allowed us to discuss site specific issues.
Lee Wilkinson, L&D Co-ordinator, EDF Energy

About the Course

Employees could be in a training role or work within the science industry and need training to be able to assess workplace competence effectively.

The course has been designed to enable delegates to assess competencies at all levels, rather than complete standard assessments measuring knowledge, giving organisations a clear and accurate picture of the competencies within their organisation. This is especially relevant in regulated environments.

As with all of Cogent’s Process Safety courses, this course will be delivered by an industry experienced delivery partner who is assured to deliver to the recognised standards. Delegates will be challenged to extend their learning and ensure they are able to promote a positive process safety culture.

Course Duration – 2 Days

How is it delivered?

The WCA course is made up into two days training plus two observations:

WCA Day 1: Principles and Practices of Assessment – six hours tuition and four hours private study.

WCA Day 2: Measuring Competence in the Workplace – approximately six hours tuition plus 16 hours of private study looking at how competence can be measured in your workplace.

Followed by two observation visits to ensure the assessor is continuing to meet the standard.

Candidates will need to pass both units within a one year period to meet the requirements of the Competence Workplace Assessor training standard.

The Workplace Competence Assessor training course will be delivered by one of our expert delivery partners who are quality assured through Cogent Skills including, Redcar and Cleveland College.

Regulatory need:

Major hazard organisations require competent staff who have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to undertake critical tasks in such a way as to prevent a major accident or minimise the consequences to people and the environment should one occur.

COMAH Competent Authority, Inspection of Competence Management Systems at COMAH Establishments (Operational Delivery Guide).

What will I learn?

On completing the course participants will:

  • Understand the meaning of competence
  • Know how to plan assessment to meet the requirements of their organisation and the assessed person
  • Identify and collect the required evidence in a valid, authentic and sufficient manner
  • Make competence decisions against the required criteria
  • Ensure that the assessed person understands the purpose, requirements and the process of assessment
  • Provide feedback that affirms competence and identifies additional needs
  • Understand how to maintain the required records
  • Work with others to ensure standardisation of the assessment practice and outcomes
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The workplace competence assessor training was a great course and it has given me the confidence to go out and carry out an assessment! It was a very good positive learning climate, and I now know that the forms are simple and easier to understanding new knowledge.

Amanda Studholme, Health and Safety Manager, Futamura Chemical UK Ltd

As a result of the Workplace Competence Assessor course I now understand how to start the assessment framework for safety critical tasks and will implement this back on site. It was an excellent course and was well delivered.

Ken Ferguson, Health and Safety Manager, Treatt

HSE is keen to support the development and delivery of training and coaching for board members and managers in process safety. It is essential that the momentum on improving competence in process safety management is maintained throughout the sector in order to ensure those involved in managing major hazard risks gain and maintain the knowledge and skills essential to avoid a major accident. We have come a long way since the disastrous events of Buncefield but it would be wrong to think that the task of improving competence has been completed.

Ian Travers, Health and Safety Executive

Prior to attending the WCA course, the depth of the topic was not understood well on our site, and this training has now provided an insight into that depth which I will use in the future on our site. The delivery of the course was really good and all materials were relevant.

John Wragg, Production Technician, Lanxess

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