BECOMING AN ASSESSOR

If a Polar Tourism Guide wants to become a registered PTGA Assessor their first job is to read the Portfolio of Evidence (POE) requirements. They should then arrange a meeting with their manager/Company and establish development opportunities for them to rectify any skill or experience deficiencies. Observing an established Assessor is a very good development option. Assessors need to be highly competent polar tourism guides with a rich history of experience and expertise to pass on to others. The PTGA Review Committee oversees the selection of Assessor candidates through a POE that proves the requirements below.

ASSESSOR PORTFOLIO OF EVIDENCE (POE) REQUIREMENTS

  • >200 days experience (beyond the days required for initial PTQs) in polar regions using the skill sets outlined in the PTQs you plan to assess against.
  • Direct experience and skills to be able to assess in 4 or more PTQs. (please register any PTQs you are planning to assess)
  • Evidence of ability to work at or above the highest PTQ level you will be assessing against. Evidence can be from other regions or associated industries but must include:
    • Logged time.
    • Attestation from two peers in the associated industry, one of whom must be an EL, SPTGuide or Assessor.
  • From here an Assessor candidate can attend a PTGA Assessors Course focussed on specific Assessor skills:
    • Setting assessment tasks and measuring competencies
    • Managing the assessment and feedback processes
    • defining collection of evidence
    • clarifying the use of ‘range’ statements
    • explaining the grievance and appeal processes
    • explaining the reporting required to the PTGA

LEVELS OF ASSESSOR

Senior Assessor
Able to assess anywhere and also run Assessor Training workshops.

Free Range Assessor
Able to assess inside accredited companies and run private assessments or free-lance for different companies.

Company Assessor
Able to assess only within their accredited company and its infrastructure.

GUIDE REVALIDATION PROCESS

Anyone who has achieved PTGuide or SPTGuide status is required to revalidate their award every 3rd year. Guides need to submit a POE of logged time and currency or attestation from any PTGA Guide or Assessor senior to them that they are current in their PTQs.

ASSESSOR REVALIDATION

Assessor status and relevant PTQs are automatically revalidated if you have:

  • Been actively assessing in the last 12 months.
  • If the company you work for has an MOU under the Company and Workplace Model and therefore has a moderation process and PTGA Senior Assessor visits and observes.
  • Attend a PTGA Assessors training course.

Any Assessor who has not assessed in the last three years is required to either observe another Assessor or attend an Assessors Training Course to ensure they are aware of, and using the latest models and administrative procedures.

TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAMS

Any public domain programs we run will be advertised through this area. Currently we have no public domain courses offered. Stay tuned for a PTGA Assessors Accreditation program.