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How do I Study and what is involved?

The College uses a number of methods to assess students learning, depending on the material being studied, and the requirements set out by the Skills Organization and NZQA.

All learning currently starts with the provision of a study guide or online study material, accessible via an online dashboard which is set up when you create an account with the College. On acceptance of your enrolment this dashboard will be made available to you and provide access to the following

  • Learning Plan
  • Study Guides
  • Assessment Material
  • On line chat
  • Quiz assessments
  • Personal details 
  • Enrolment information
  • Online videos and recorded webinars
  • CPD planning tool


NZQA Qualification Assessment

The assessment document available on your dashboard will include the following forms, all of which are required to be completed and submitted prior to assessment.

  • The Student declaration form - to declare the work completed is your own
  • The verification declaration form - for completion by your verifier (see below)
  • The assessment decision form - shows what the assessor uses to mark your work
  • The assessment questions or tasks for you to answer 

On completion of the above documents you will be able to upload your completed work using the chat function or email us your work. You will need to mark the unit standard as submitted for assessment in the dashboard when you are ready.

On receipt of your work and supporting documents the assessor will use their professional judgement as a qualified assessor and subject matter expert to evaluate your assessment ensuring that it is:

  • Valid:  meets the outcomes and evidence requirements of the unit standard being assessed.
  • Fair:  a fair representation of what you can do and or know against the outcomes of the unit standard
  • Authentic:  it must be your own work  in your own words and must not be copied from any course materials or other text
  • Sufficient:  answers must be full and complete enough for the Assessor to judge competency
  • Consistent:  answers are consistent with this assessor guidelines and national consistency requirements

Once assessed the assessor will either request additional information if further evidence is required to support your answers. Some discussion with the assessor may be required to facilitate additional learning or clarify an answer.

You will have 2 opportunities to provide additional information in respect of an assessment. The Assessor will provide some feedback to assist your further evidence. If your answers are still incorrect then you will be given the opportunity for further study, and additional reassessments will be offered at assessment cost.

On completion the assessor will complete the Assessment Decision Form, including any feedback and return the result to you within 10 working days of receipt by the assessor of your assessment.

Your results will be recorded either as competent or not yet competent, and we will update your NZQA record of learning. A certificate will also be issued for each Module of learning or on completion of a full qualification.

Certificates are not issued for each individual unit standard.

Please retain a copy of your assessment and assessment result.

 


NZQA Qualifications

 

For NZQA Qualifications assessment material is requested using a number of methods as follows:

Written Material

A large number of our unit standards are assessed by submitting written material for an assessor to mark

The assessment document is provided as a pdf or writable word document for your completion. Included in the document are any specific instructions relating to the work that is required, and any case study information that may be refereed to.

Completion of the written questions can be either handwritten in legible handwriting or typed on a separate word document or similar, with clear identification as to each answers for each question. 

Multi Choice Questions

In same cases multi choice, multi select or matching phrase questions are used to allow for quick fire answers. These questions can be included in written assessment questions, and treated the same by assessors, or increasingly available as an online quiz.

Quiz questions are available from the online dashboard under the quiz tab of the unit standard being studied. The instructions will show the pass rate required. You will be able to start the quiz and access questions a maximum of 3 times (this is in the event of internet connection failure) Once an answer has been given it will be saved as you move onto the next question. You will not be given an opportunity to change an answered question, so go carefully.

For NZQA qualifications quiz pass rates require 80% completion as well as a brief discussion with the tutor in respect of any incorrectly answered questions to ensure students knowledge is complete.

Evidence Based  

Some unit standards are assessed using workplace evidence or documents from actual or pretend clients to simulate the workplace environment.

This method of evidence allows the student to provide proof that their learning can be put into practise on a day to day basis.

The evidence you submit must comply with any policies & procedures of your organisation; codes of practice of relevant processional bodies or; any relevant legislative and regulatory requirements.

Where client files are used as evidence they must not contain any identifiable information that would link the submitted evidence to an individual. 

Verification of work is required (see below) and assessors will view the work in the same manner as above.

The Skills Organisation

The Financial Advice Strand of the New Zealand Certificate In Financial Services Level 5 is considered a key component to the current Financial Services Regulation, and for this reason the assessment is Unit standards 25650,51,52,53 and 26360 are assessed by the Skills Organisation. Find out more here.....

 


PIQ Qualification Assessments

PIQ Qualifications are made up of multiple learning modules which include course material or workshop attendance.

The assessment process here is less formal, and the components are intended to provide short specific learning for content that is relevant on a day to day basis.

Study guides are accessed via online dashboard as described above.   

Written Answers

A large number of our unit standards are assessed by submitting written material for an assessor to mark.

The assessment document is provided as a pdf or writable word document for your completion. Included in the document are any specific instructions relating to the work that is required, and any case study information that may be refered to.

Completion of the written questions can be either handwritten in legible handwriting or typed on a separate word document or similar, with clear identification as to each answers for each question. 

You will be required to complete a student declaration form to say the work is your own, however a verifer is not required.

Quiz Assessment

In same cases multi choice, multi select or matching phrase questions are used to allow for quick fire answers. These questions can be included in written assessment questions, and treated the same by assessors, or increasingly available as an online quiz.

Quiz questions are available from the online dashboard under the quiz tab of the unit standard being studied. The instructions will show the pass rate required. You will be able to start the quiz and access questions a maximum of 3 times (this is in the event of internet connection failure) Once an answer has been given it will be saved as you move onto the next question. You will not be given an opportunity to change an answered question, so go carefully.

For NZQA qualifications quiz pass rates require 80% completion as well as a brief discussion with the tutor in respect of any incorrectly answered questions to ensure students knowledge is complete.

Workshops

Workshops and recorded webinars have mixed assessment methods, which may include a brief case study for emailed submission, or a short 4-5 question multi choice set of questions.

 


A word about verification

You need to ask someone in your workplace, preferably a manager or supervisor, who is familiar with your work to verify that you have carried out the assessment tasks correctly and that you have applied your learning to your day to day work.

The verifier could be:

  • a current or previous supervisor, manager, mentor or professional colleague
  • a member of a professional body.

The verifier must not be:

  • a member of your family unless they are also part of your family business
  • an employee unless they hold the Level 5 qualification or equivalent.
Your verifier will be asked the following declaration:
 
I confirm that i am familiar with the student and their work and agree to act as their Verifier. I have checked the completed Tasks and can attest to their authenticity:

I can verify that the tasks for unit standard(s) have been completed by:

(Student name ) ……………………………………………………………………. and is their own work.

I give my permission for my contact information to be passed to the Skills Organisation should further verification of the student’s work be necessary

 


Appeals of Assessment Results

The appeal of assessment results is different from lodging complaints and reassessment. You must complete an Assessment Appeal form (Form 7.3). All correspondence must be communicated in writing to the Academic Manager of Professional IQ College. To ensure objectivity and lack of bias, an independent assessor will be used to investigate the appeal. 

 

 

 

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