Today has been another milestone for the APT profession as the AAPT hosted an External Assessor Awareness day for those committing to becoming Assessors of the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology.
Training centres will be responsible for employing the use of external assessors directly – in return external assessors will have all reasonable travel costs reimbursed. There are no additional payments associated with this role, much like the IBMS model of external assessment however; as an external assessor you will obviously be entitled to valuable CPD points and have the opportunity to assist in shaping the future role of the APT in a positive way by ensuring mortuary practical standards are high and maintained. It is envisaged each Level3 Dip student will need no more than 1 or possibly 2 days of external assessment.
Assessors are required in every region of the UK and a list of those who have qualified to become assessors will be held centrally by the RSPH and the AAPT for centres to access.
Criteria for becoming an assessor:
• Qualified to current Certificate & Diploma level in APT with minimum 2 year experience at Diploma level
• Completion of this one day External Assessor course
• VRC registered - This can be completed following the course and guidance and support will be offered as part of the training day – (IBMS external assessors must be HCPC registered to assess BMS students - we need to be on par with their standards for credibility. VRC registration also covers training & development so is a great indication that an APT is actively participating in this area)