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Assessment Overview

...information for candidates seeking a formal qualification...

Gaining a qualification

ToP Global Institute for Facilitative Leadership (ToP GIFL) offers nationally accredited training under the Australian Qualifications Framework for the awards of:
  • 10443NAT Diploma of Facilitative Management
  • 10444NAT Graduate Diploma of Facilitative Leadership
This training is available across Australia and internationally.

Units of competency are different for each award, and assessment for the Graduate Diploma requires more project work to be undertaken at a higher level than for the Diploma.

Competency means: being able to perform a task to a pre-defined industry standard consistently and repeatedly.

Those who are assessed as meeting the requirements of one unit or multiple units of competency will be provided with a Statement of Attainment for completed units.

Those who complete all required units and assessments will be provided with the relevant award.

Assessment activities

Assessment processes may comprise activities and exercises based on actual and/or simulated scenarios.

Assessment may be conducted holistically on multiple units of competency to enable candidates to demonstrate integration of learning across their practice and development. This is preferred for the Graduate Diploma, and recommended also for the Diploma.

Portfolio of evidence

Assessment processes require a Portfolio of Evidence to demonstrate competence in application of learning. This generally needs to be submitted within 90 days after you begin the assessment process.

The portfolio can be submitted electronically or in hard copy, and requires a covering email or letter stating that the applicant is the author of written work being submitted.

Participants are advised to commence assembling evidence prior to beginning the formal assessment process to ensure robust documentation and multiple sources of evidence.

The portfolio is likely to include a mix of:
  • Presentation of understanding - written or oral (interview or recorded).
  • Documentation of a full cycle of facilitated process: a plan/design, implementation, outputs, feedback/evaluation, and reflective learning.
  • Observation of performance (live or video).
  • Testimonials from participants, peers, colleagues, manager or clients.
  • Reflections by the applicant, explaining rationale for choices made, and demonstrating learning and changes made in practice.

Assessment panel

The evidence is reviewed and marked by a panel of assessors (usually two) who are qualified and experienced to undertake the role of an Assessor of a Nationally Recognised Qualification.

The assessor panel will generally include one of the trainers of the applicant plus an independent person. This serves to counteract any potential bias on the part of the trainer.

The assessors mark the submission against established performance criteria and each independently decides whether or not the applicant meets all of the requirements for the units of competency being assessed.

if the assessors have differing views, they may have a conversation with the applicant and may specify additional evidence required to address any perceived gap.

In competency based training no-one fails, everyone passes, although more than one step or attempt may be required.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior learning (RPL) is available to those who have previously completed ToP FLP Modules as non-vocational training e.g. prior to availability of these awards.

The RPL process comprises:
  • completion of an application form
  • assembling evidence
  • submission of evidence; and
  • assessment.
A Portfolio of Evidence should be compiled (as described above), to include certificates of attendance at Modules, and work examples not more than 3 years old.

Assessment may include an interview between the assessors and the applicant and/or a request for additional information, leading to a decision by the assessment panel.

Completion of requirements

Applicants who are assessed as completing all the requirements will be awarded the qualification.

Learners can anticipate (on average) volumes of learning of 1010 hours for the Diploma or 1370 hours for the Graduate Diploma.

Please also refer to the Participant Handbook.