SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor

Individuals that can demonstrate evidence of their experience in assessing the skills and competencies of others may be formally accredited as a skills and competency assessor.

SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor

NOTE: This offering is in preparation for and currently not in general use - this is available for pilot with a large end user organisation in October/November 2021, it will then be made more widely available.

While initiating this and establishing schemes:
 - we will take small numbers of application and only by prior agreement
 - priority will be given to the pilot  organisation and to existing SFIA accredited practitioners and consultants within partner organisations operating assessment schemes

Introduction

The industry has always needed effective ways of assessing and diagnosing professional skills and competencies. Since its launch, SFIA has been used extensively and successfully for this purpose. 

Interest in formal and rigorous assessment of skills and competency using SFIA has increased. To support this the SFIA Foundation is introducing an accreditation scheme for individuals performing SFIA skills and competency assessments.

Note: The individual Accredited Assessors must operate within a scheme accredited by the SFIA Foundation in order to use the SFIA logo within any assessment credential. Assessors may, of course, operate internally assessing the workforce within an organisation for the internal benefit of that organisation.

Summary of the Accreditation

This accreditation may be  

  • achieved as a stand-alone process, or 
  • added to any accreditation of SFIA Practitioner or SFIA Consultant. 

Note: This accreditation is for the specific application of the SFIA Framework for the conduct of a skills or competency assessment of an individual.

The requirements for accreditation as a SFIA Skills Assessor are summarised below:

  • Demonstrated understanding and familiarity with the SFIA Framework
  • Evidence of operating at SFIA Level 4 as a minimum
  • Demonstrated understanding of the different purposes and types of assessment
    (The SFIA guidance as a minimum)
  • SFIA Accredited Assessor Training or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience of applying and using the SFIA framework
  • Evidence of Competence Assessment (LEDA) at Level 4 and Level 3
  • Evidence conducting assessments within an assessment framework
    (With policies and processes in place to support assessment practices)
  • Completion of N SFIA skills and competency assessments
    (Candidates remain 'provisional' until this has been met)

The value of recent experience

To be accredited you will need to demonstrate 

  • up-to-date familiarity with the SFIA Framework 
  • continued and recent experience of performing skills assessments. 

To retain their accreditation as a SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor the individual must 

  • conduct a minimum number of assessments each year 
  • confirm they are familiar with the current release of SFIA assessment guidance and both the current release of the SFIA Framework and any previous releases used. 
  • Confirm that they have read and agree to work to the rules of practice  
  • report key assessment data to the SFIA Foundation either individually or through a licensed partner organisation. 

Application

Application for SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor should be made by providing the evidence below. An application may be made stand-alone or as part of a standard Practitioner or Consultant application. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that they meet the requirements for accreditation. Success in an application is more likely if evidence to demonstrate experience is readily available and clear to the assessor. 

An application should consist of: 

  • A completed application form detailing experience in SFIA Skills assessments 
  • A detailed career history or CV* 
  • Details of the assessments performed 
  • References 
  • Evidence of successful completion of appropriate level of SFIA training (or equivalent) 

SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor - Role Description

Introduction

This role is at SFIA Level 4 or above.  A SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor role performs assessments using the SFIA Framework and so must demonstrate actual practice of carrying out assessments (not just the management of assessments).

Supporting documents...

  • A SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor generic profile may be found here
  • A SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor application form may be found here
    (Guidance is included on the application form)
  • The SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor rules of conduct many be found here

Note: An individual may, of course, have SFIA responsibilities beyond the SFIA Accredited Assessor role as the scope of SFIA activities within an organisation can be very broad, however experience of conducting assessments is necessary for accreditation in this role.

Mandatory Requirements

This role has the following requirements. It is up to the applicant to provide evidence that these requirements are met: 

  • Understanding SFIA and assessment using SFIA 
    (Typically, from Accredited SFIA Training. Practitioner course plus Assessor course) 
    (Confirmation, that the SFIA guidance has been read and understood) 
  • Experience of conducting SFIA Assessments. 
    (Specifically, Competency Assessment at Level 4 and Level 3) 
    (Number and type of Assessments performed) 
  • Confirmation that an applicant will comply with assessment requirements and practice. 
  • Confirmation that an applicant will comply with an assessment rules of conduct. 

Your application should provide evidence that demonstrates experience relating to: 

  • human capital management 
  • hands-on involvement in skills activities 
  • appreciation of the HR issues relating to skills assessment 
  • IT industry knowledge 
  • any relevant qualifications

It is necessary that assessors can exercise sound judgement and act with high degrees of personal integrity. 

*The CV should provide a general picture of the applicant's background and should include evidence of autonomy and influence in wider HR and IT related areas. 

Note: Your application will be assessed on your experience of assessment and so should be a model of what you would expect to see yourself in assessing others.
We strongly recommend that you read our guidance for applicants and make it easy for the assessor to find your evidence, to avoid disappointment.

Desirable Characteristics

It is desirable that individuals have both HR related and people management experience such as recruitment, appraisal or professional development experience. Familiarity of how IT organisations operate and the characteristics of technology and business focussed knowledge workers would be advantageous.

SFIA Levels of Responsibility

It is a mandatory requirement that a SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor is able to demonstrate that they have operated, as a minimum, at the levels below for the Generic Attributes:

  • Autonomy Level 4
  • Influence Level 4
  • Complexity Level 4
  • Knowledge level 4
  • Business Skills Level 4

Professional Skills

The scope of SFIA related work may be very broad but for the context of the SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor it is necessary to demonstrate evidence of performing a number of professional skills including Competency Assessment at level 4.  

A minimum of 3 professional skills must be demonstrated, Competency Assessment is mandatory. (The SFIA Accredited Assessor Generic Profile lists a number of professional skills that are the most likely to be able to be demonstrated). This is summarised below: 

  1. Competency Assessment (LEDA) at Level 4 - Mandatory
  2. At least two other SFIA Professional skills at level 4
  3. While not essential, Professional Development (PDSV) at Level 4 would add weight to any application.

How to apply

To apply for accreditation you will need to be assessed:

  1. Attend an official SFIA Accredited Training Course run by an accredited SFIA Training Provider
    This must cover both the equivalent of SFIA Practitioner Level Training and also SFIA Assessor Training
  2. Complete the accredited assessor application form
  3. Submit an up-to-date CV. This documentation must be submitted personally by the applicant.
  4. Send the application form and your CV for evaluation to our Business Administrator
  5. We will send you an invoice for the evaluation fee. See our payment details here: how to pay us

Note that the accreditation is for an individual and therefore must be made by you personally or, if through your employer, with confirmation by you that the information and evidence is your own.

When the assessment has been completed, you will receive a reply telling you if your application has been accepted. If you have already attended an official accredited training SFIA Training Course covering both the Practitioner Syllabus and Assessor Syllabus, you will be accredited immediately. Otherwise your accreditation will wait until you have attended the courses.

If your application is successful, you will need to pay the annual Accredited Assessor fee as defined in our General Terms and Conditions.

If the application is not accepted, the Foundation will not review further applications from you until at least 6 months have elapsed.

To remain a SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor you will need to continue to pay the annual fee as defined in the General Terms and Conditions and in addition make an annual return of the assessments made during the 12 months (should this be quarterly?).

Reinstate a lapsed SFIA Accredited Skills Assessor Accreditation

For those wishing to reinstate their SFIA Accredited Assessor accreditation after a period of absence the following will apply: 

  1. If more than 2 years from last expiry, a complete, new, application is required
  2. If less than 12 months form last expiry then fees should be paid from last expiry
  3. If between 1 year and 2 yeas since last expiry, then reinstatement is from the date applied.
    This should not be used routinely to re
    gularly avoid paying fees nor extend a reaccreditation period - it will not be allowed more than once.

Please note: there is no guarantee that a re-application will be successful if the criteria for Accreditation has changed since the original accreditation or currency cannot be demonstrated.