Assessor Coach Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard

Assessor Coach Apprenticeships

Assessor Coach Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard

The Assessor Coach role has emerged within the Education and Training Sector (ETS), over the last 30 years, originally as a result of the implementation of vocational (competence-based) qualifications (notably NVQs) and formalised work-based education and training. The AC is a dual professional, using their up-to-date professional knowledge and skills to support vocational and professional development across the formal ETS 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.  They coach and assess vocational learners, usually on a one-to-one basis, in a range of learning environments.  Coaching skills involve complex communication techniques to actively listen, provide feedback and engage learners in planning their individualised learning programme. These skills are also integral to assessing learners’ competence in relation to work-related/industry standards and life skills. 

Assessor Coach’s work co-operatively with other ETS or professionals (such as teachers, human resource professionals and mentors/supervisors in the workplace) in supporting the learner’s development of vocational competence and the wider skills that relate to employability and professionalism. 

Within the sector, ‘coaching’ is seen as a more complex set of interpersonal skills, compared with ‘mentoring’.  It is more learner-centred, exploring the learner’s understanding and needs rather than simply giving advice. (See the Level 3 Learning Mentor Standard for further clarification about these two different roles.)


Minimum of 18 months plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Progression Route

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


• Level 4 Assessor Coach
• Maths Functional Skills*
• English Functional Skills*
*If required

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