How to become a County Assessor
County Assessors are appointed by Counties through the same process as any other adult appointment, including personal enquiry checks and validating module 1 of The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme. To be considered as a County Assessor, or for review of a role as County Assessor, you need to fulfil the following criteria:
1. Technical knowledge – Hold the level of qualification, or equivalent or higher, as laid down for each activity County Assessor Qualifications table. This needs to remain current throughout your time as an assessor.
2. Assessment skills – Validate the activity assessor’s version of module 25 of The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme.
3. Remain up to date – Have attended at least two days of technical updates within the last five years at the point of your appointment review.
County Assessor role
In addition to the main task of carrying out assessment of members for activity permits, there are a few other requirements of the role:
Attend assessor meetings
Each County, and sometimes multiple Counties, will run assessor meetings for assessors to get together and discuss assessments that they have carried out. These are important to provide peer support to other assessors and to ensure that all assessors are assessing to the same standard. These discussions are to help the ongoing synchronisation of standards between assessors and do not affect the decisions that have already been made on the assessments discussed. Ideally these discussions will include assessors from the same activity, but there are also benefits from discussions with assessors from similar activities.
Have assessments reviewed
Every assessment carried out by a County Assessor needs to be seen / reviewed by more than one assessor. Where these happen through assessment courses or shadowing they will automatically have been seen by multiple assessors, but where this isn’t the case you will need to take details of assessments that you have carried out to an assessor meeting for discussion. You should still provide the recommendation for a permit to the applicant straight after the assessment, there is no need to wait until after an assessor meeting has taken place.
To ensure that your standards of assessing are the same as other assessors and to pick up ideas and good practice, it is important that you see others assessing. Ideally this will be through working on assessments and assessment courses with other assessors, but where this is not possible it is important that you take the time to shadow other assessors carrying out assessments.
Work with other Counties
As the activity permit scheme is a national scheme, it is important that you work with more than members from your own County. Ideally this will be through working on assessments and assessment courses with assessors from other Counties, but there is also benefit to be gained from attending assessor meeting and assessor workshops with assessors from different parts of the UK.