What is Competency Based Assessment?


Vocational Education and Training (VET) assessment is based on national benchmarks, called competency standards, for the occupation or industry in which an individual is training.  A successful result in VET assessment is recorded as ‘Competent’ according to industry standards. 

The emphasis in VET assessment is on the student’s ability to perform practical tasks and describe/explain how and why tasks are completed in particular ways.  While the emphasis on academic writing in VET courses is different to Higher Education courses, students are expected to have a good standard of literacy for Diploma level qualifications and need to be able to express themselves clearly in written English.