Assessment is one of the most critical activities of the skills value chain. The National Skills Policy 2009 mandates NSDC to set up Sector Skills Councils with Affiliation, accreditation, examination and certification as one of the key functions amongst other responsibilities.
The National Skills Policy 2009 further specifics” “Quality Assured Assessment of Learners for ensuring that assessment is based on national standards (competencies) and uses valid and reliable assessment methods”; The Union Government of India has mandated Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) besides other charter, “Participation in Affiliation, Accreditation, Examination and Certification.”
AA should be a legal entity (company or society but not firms, proprietorship or individuals; limited liability partnerships (LLPs) can be allowed)
AA should have a roll / panel of assessors for all sectors
Details of assessors should also be available on its website with state-wise details (assessors’ name, qualifications, experience and photograph along with the details of assessor affiliations with multiple SSCs)
AA should have an expertise to carry out online assessments with state-of-the-art technology deployment
The AAs should have the ability to develop the assessment process and tools for different training courses with ability for continuous improvement
AA should have the ability to maintain assessment process records and details pertaining to candidates registered, tested, passed, centres, assessors, etc, and shall preserve all the records for at least 5 years or till the validity of any scheme (whichever is later) at any point in time and make its online access to SSCs
The agency applying for Pan India or for Specific State operations must empanel assessors relevant to the concerned job role in all the relevant states
Assigned assessors should be able to reach the assessment venue within 24 hours of travel time and have the ability to conduct assessment in regional languages
AA should have a structured mechanism for Governance including a well-defined process for affiliation of assessors either on its payroll or on long-term contracts
AA should have assessment coordination team on its payroll with required capacity and experience to mentor, supervise, plan the assessment strategy and to guide the team of assessors
It should declare its linkages with other stakeholders in skill ecosystem to ensure independence and to avoid any conflict of interest.
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