Qualification Expiry Dates

We are very aware of the challenges that coronavirus (COVID-19) is still causing, and RLSS UK remains committed to supporting all of our members, qualification holders, and customers throughout this period.

We understand that renewing qualifications and awards is difficult at this time, but it is worth remembering, everyone will need to be qualified to get back to work as and when required.

For more information about qualification and award extensions please click here

Adaptations to the Administration of Assessments

To facilitate an increased number of assessments when Centres reopen, and to support the requalification of staff and safe operation of facilities, the following adaptations to the administration of assessments have been approved via the VTQ Extraordinary Framework.

These adaptations are designed to reduce the administrative burden on Centres and Assessors whilst maintaining robust assessment standards during this short period only (06/07/2020- 30/11/2020):

1. Theory Assessment Papers

For assessments which include theory Assessment Papers (NPLQ only), the adaptations are:

  • The course trainer may invigilate and mark the theory assessment question papers.
  • Theory assessments may be invigilated at a ratio of 12 candidates to one invigilator (the Trainer or an Assessor)
  • The independent assessor is required to verify the correct marking of each theory assessment question paper and countersign the paperwork before the results are reported to IQL UK via the normal process (Assessment Form or online forms).

2. Four Consecutive Assessment Rule

For qualifications which permit an Assessor to complete a maximum of four consecutive assessments for the same Trainer, this rule will not apply during this period

3. Requirement for CPD for renewal of some qualifications

For qualifications that require CPD hours to allow a candidate to complete a renewal assessment, the period in which CPD hours will be collected has been extended in line with extended qualifications.

For example, if a candidate holds a NPLQ that was due to expire on 10 April 2020, this has been extended to expire on 30 November 2020, CPDs can be collected from 11 April 2018 (when they were awarded the NPLQ) through until 30 November 2020.

All other assessment requirements remain the same.

The ATC/Ps should include information on the course records when these adaptations have been applied. This is required for the auditing process.

This policy expires on 30/11/20.

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