EngTech assessor

EngTech assessors serve on a panel to review applications for EngTech registration, taking into consideration the Engineering Council standard for Engineering Technician competence.

Primary focus:

Stage two:

To serve individually or on a panel, usually made up of two assessors and one moderator/registrar, to evaluate written submissions from applicants.
The panel considers the evidence which is used to decide whether the application should be approved, or proceed to a work-based assessment, or interview if felt necessary.

Where a work-based assessment is required:

The role of the assessor is to review those applicants not successful at stage two and where a work-based assessment has been recommended and agreed by the moderator/registrar. 
Assessors who have the time to undertake work based assessments will consider all evidence provided at stages one and two, and then perform a work-based assessment which will involve observing the applicant within their work environment.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Stage two:

  • The role of the assessor is to identify whether the applicant has applied for the correct category of registration, and to assess deficits in experience or underpinning knowledge and understanding;
  • The assessor is asked to give an expert judgment on the competence and underpinning knowledge and understanding of the candidate, as revealed by the written submission;
  • Deficiencies in the application should be identified, with reference to the relevant Engineering Council learning outcomes and competence statement, and, where appropriate, suggestions should be made as to how these can be rectified;
  • The panel takes into consideration all the available information: the application form, the reports from the candidate's supporters, to reach a decision on whether to accept, decline, request further information, interview  or request a work-based assessment of the candidate;
  • In the event of disagreement between the panel, the final decision rests with the moderator/registrar.

Where a work-based assessment is required:

  • A work-based assessment is carried out and the assessor will file a report with the panel to supplement their information;
  • The panel should aim to achieve a consensus on whether to accept or decline the candidate, based on the merits of the application, but in the event of disagreement the final decision rests with the registrar;
  • Adhere to the IET's data protection policy for volunteers.

General:

  • The assessment registration panels are not standing committees; they are formed as necessary for the purpose of dealing with a particular case. Normally, the panel should consist of a moderator/registrar and two or three assessors;
  • For any particular applicant, to form the panel, the registration co-ordinator will identify an appropriate moderator/registrar and team of assessors, as best-fit for the particular purpose and reasonableness of demand on the time of those involved. The registrar shall agree the team of assessors with the registration co-ordinator.

Appointment method:

  • The registration and standards committee delegates responsibility for the appointment of assessors to the registration group;
  • Nominations are received from existing assessors, committee members, staff, and through self nomination;
  • CVs are reviewed by a panel formed of at least three members of the registration group, and approved if agreed.

Period of appointment:

  • Initial three year term;
  • Possible reappointment for another three years, if appropriate.

Training:

  • Newly appointed assessors attend a registration workshop organised by the IET;
  • Additional training may be given in undertaking a work based assessment; if required.

Person specification:

  • An assessor must be a registered IET member;
  • Have an up-to-date working knowledge of the Engineering Technician sector, relevant disciplines and current technology pertaining to technicians working in this field;
  • Wherever possible, they should have had experience of registration, preferably in an active role on a committee or group, or as an interviewer, mentor or industry representative, or the monitoring and training of Engineering Technicians.