Certification by FFSC indicates the competence of an individual. Competency can be defined as a cluster of related knowledge; skills and attitude that correlates with the performance on the job that can be measured against well accepted standards. The competence is about "performing" and not just knowing.
The performance should meet the National Occupational Standards and be demonstrated in the real work environment. Competence is the sum total of Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSAs) of a person which provide him/ her the ability to handle a specific job effectively and also transfer skills to new situations. Individuals should also be able to learn new skills on their own initiative.
The following important issues will be considered while planning assessment strategy: -
- A variety of Assessment methods should be used to confirm competence.
- The assessment should reflect occupational competence though relevant work activities.
- The Assessment of knowledge should be integrated with assessment of performance, wherever possible.
- Define assessment framework in-line with the National Occupational Standards (NOSs) in consultation with FFSC. Each NOS in the Qualification Pack (QP) will be assigned a relative weightage for assessment based on the criticality of the NOSs.
- Define assessment methodology, which shall recommend questions across all performance criteria items covering both theory and practical/ hands –on assessment for each NOS. Weightages are defined by FFSC for performance criteria items and theory and practical question and the same shall be used by the Assessment Body in consultation with FFSC.
- Institutionalize appropriate procedures for obtaining trainee details from the Training Providers, registration of candidates, collection of assessment fees, and for all the communication so as to effectively conduct the assessment.
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