The D32/33 has been replaced with a qualification known as the A1/A2 assessor qualification.

Assessors holding the D32/33 can still practice assessment although it is advisable that they familiarise them selves with the requirements of the A qualifications.

The criteria required to meet the A unit qualification is similar to that of the D units in the sense that it includes assessment planning, observation and feedback.  The assessors must however carry out the assessments over a wider range of candidates, activities etc than before.

One of the key differences is that the A standards require candidates to be assessed by more than one assessor over a broader range of activities.

What were wrong with the D qualifications for assessment?


The D units were perfectly acceptable for assisting in the learning and development of personnel.  The problem was in the way the assessment was being carried out.  Many candidates were being assessed as competent by only one assessor.  This raised the issue of whether the assessment was valid as it was based on possibly only one decision.

The A units put more emphasis on increasing the number of people involved in the assessment process. This includes assessors, verifiers and witnesses.