This Award is Designed For:

   • Individuals who are required to assess against in-house or OPITO standards 
   • It is not suitable for individuals required to assess against National Occupational Standards

   This Award is Appropriate for You if You:

   • Are technically competent in the area you will assess
   • Have access to two candidates with the same discipline 
   • Are willing to carry out assessments and make assessment decisions
   • Are prepared to ask questions as required to clarify understanding of the standard(s) being assessed 
   • Can judge whether the candidate’s performance/responses are acceptable and satisfy the requirements of the standard(s) being assessed 
   • Can correctly complete the assessment paperwork/reports 
   • Can give and write constructive feedback to the candidate on the results of the assessment 
   • Can complete all requirements within 12 months 
   • Have a basic understanding of the English language

  Delegate Pre-requisites 

  There are no formal delegate pre-requisites for attendance on the Competence Assessor Training Programme; although delegates must provide evidence that they have access to a minimum of two candidates undergoing an assessment process in their workplace.

  What the TWO-DAY Classroom Learning Programme covers:

   1. Introduction to Assessment 

  ·         Introduction to competence assessment 
  ·         1.2 Evidence sources 

  2. Planning and Carrying out Assessment 

  ·         2.1 Assessment Planning 
  ·         2.2 Collecting and evaluating evidence and making the assessment decisions 

  3. Feedback and Record Keeping 

  ·         3.1 Recording assessment decisions 
  ·         3.2 Providing Feedback Delegates attending this Competence Assessor training programme will be given a series of explanations and demonstrations that will identify what they are expected to know and do. 

  This will be followed by practical exercises allowing delegates to rehearse their skills, knowledge and understanding of the Competence Assessor role. All practical exercises shall use, wherever possible, the actual paperwork that the delegates are expected to use in their workplace.

  Assessment Requirements 

  Delegates will complete a 60 minute open book written test (in an invigilated environment), at the end of the two day training programme, to test their underpinning knowledge of the theory Learning Outcomes (1-15) of the OPITO Competence Assessor Training Standard.

  Workplace Evidence Requirements

   Delegates are required to gather workplace evidence to achieve the skills-based criteria of the OPITO Competence Assessor Training Standard. They must submit, as a minimum, the assessment-related documentation listed below for two candidates they assess in the workplace:

  a) A minimum of one Assessment Plan for each candidate containing the following information: 

  ·         Who is to be involved in the assessment
  ·         Unit(s)/ Criteria/ Task to be assessed 
  ·         Planned assessment date(s) 
  ·         Assessment method(s) to be used including, as a minimum, observation or simulation and questioning (per candidate)
  ·         Records for each candidate demonstrating that the planned assessments were carried out using appropriate assessment methods
  ·         An assessment record for each candidate demonstrating that the evidence gathered in the assessment is mapped against the relevant Unit(s)/ Criteria/ Task The assessment evidence, generated in the workplace, is to be provided by the delegate or the organisation’s representative to the training provider as soon             as possible but within twelve months of completion of the OPITO Competence Assessor training course.

Classroom Courses

Classroom Courses

ITB Competence Assurance provides high quality classroom training and support to help those who need knowledge and skills towards competence training.
Online Courses

Online Courses

We have transferred the quality and rigour our clients have come to expect from our classroom training into online courses. Our focus is on high quality, easy to follow, user-friendly course materials that can be accessed on any device including tablets and mobile phones.
Competence Management Services

Competence Management Services

Supporting you to create a new CMS framework using industry standards and best practices. Competence management are on going commitments we can help you meet.

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ITB Competence Assurance has been established as a specialist in Assessment, Internal Verification, Competency Audits and Competence Management Consultancy since 2001

When it comes to training, you wont see us offering a large range of different training courses, no, we focus on what we do best             Assessor and Verifier Training

All our Trainers have training qualifications and they are also qualified
Assessors and Internal Verifiers. Our Competence Auditors are qualified to Senior Auditor level and our Competence Management Consultants have many years of experience under their belts

We pride ourselves in providing high-quality customer-focused, flexible, and friendly training and services to industries worldwide -that is what ITB is all about and that is why we are so successful

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Scottish Management Consultancy Acquires ITB Competence Assurance Ltd


Aberdeen based training and management consultancy company, Assurance of Learning, has today confirmed the acquisition of the assessment and competence management company, ITB Competence Assurance Limited.

The deal is set to generate more than £600,000 in sales revenue over 2021 with plans to further expand the business. Assurance of Learning, founded by David Christie in 2014 and reorganised in July 2020, is co-owned by energy industry veterans Duncan Bonner and David Christie and Tijana Berlafa, a hugely experienced Industrial Psychologist. The team of accredited consultants provide tailored training and business improvement services to enhance company performance in areas such as HSEQ, operational efficiency and financial efficiency. The company has since secured contracts in the energy sector working with operators, drilling contractors and oil and gas service companies in the North Sea and international markets. Recent contracts have also included renewables (wind) sector operators, service companies and contractors. In addition to the energy sector, Assurance of Learning also provides consultancy services to other high risk industrial businesses including manufacturing, ship repair and building, engineering services, and the marine and maritime sectors. The recently completed acquisition of ITB Competence Assurance, which was formed in 2001, will add significant but complimentary capability to Assurance of Learning and will enable the company to rapidly expand existing services in addition to acquiring a well-established digital learning platform. With an existing portfolio of classroom, virtual and online based learning; the acquisition meets Assurance of Learning’s ambitions to further digitalise their business.

Whilst the focus of the business is predominantly face-to-face learning, increased international contract wins and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated the need to increase online offerings and capabilities. As part of the acquisition deal, all of ITB’s highly experienced competence specialists will be appointed to Assurance of Learning with plans to expand the team further in the next 12 to 18 months in line with new contracts. The existing Assurance of Learning Senior Management team of Duncan Bonner (Managing Director), David Christie (Training Director) and Tijana Berlafa (Director and Principal Industrial Psychologist) will, with immediate effect, take on similar responsibilities for the ITB Competence Assurance business. Commenting on the deal, Duncan said: “In what is probably the most challenging time we’ve experienced in the business world, we are pleased to have successfully completed the acquisition of ITB Competence Assurance. As an experienced provider of competence training and management services, our plan is to fully integrate the two businesses over the next 8 to 12 weeks and offer a broader range of competence, leadership, and behavioural workshops, in addition to training, coaching, mentoring, and consulting services.

The existing Assurance and ITB teams have highly complementary skill sets and we aim to cross skill as many of these skills as possible to remain competitive and provide real value to both our customers and the existing customer base of ITB.” Jenny Stokes, former owner of ITB, who is planning to retire from the training and business competence sector, said: “Following a decision to retire, I am incredibly happy to be handing over the reins to the hugely experienced team at Assurance of Learning.

I am also pleased that the existing ITB team will be retained in the new business.” The integration of the two businesses is set to be completed by the end of April 2021, with plans to move the operation of both businesses to ITB’s current facilities at Citibase Aberdeen.