Skills for Care, the strategic body for workforce development, has launched a new eLearning course to support Care Certificate assessment.
Created in partnership with Health Education England, the course is designed to support existing Care Certificate assessors – those responsible for making decisions on whether a social care worker has met the standards of the certificate – in refreshing their skills, and for those new to assessing.
The course includes two 25-minute sessions – assessment principles and assessing the Care Certificate in the workplace.
It also contains a support guide for assessors, which includes workplace information needed by the assessor, and reference to key points and resources available to support the delivery and achievement of the Care Certificate
There’s currently no formal requirement for a Care Certificate assessor to achieve a qualification, but the course has been designed to provide candidates with the correct level of skill and knowledge.
“The role of the Care Certificate assessor is fundamental to the Care Certificate being achieved. It’s vital for assessors to have the necessary training and for them to fully understand their role and responsibilities within the process,” Skills for Care said on its website.
To pay for the course, employers can claim £100 from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) for every employee who successfully completes both sessions, and where WDF eligibility criteria has been met.
Employees will need to download and share the certificate with their employer upon completion to enable WDF to be claimed. The available funding should support the workplace supervision and support the assessor needs in their role.
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