Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology


Do you want to assess APTs at L3 Diploma level?

Assessor Training Awareness Day: 17th March 2016

11.00am – 16.00pm

AAPT 12 Coldbath Square LONDON EC1R 5HL

Following the implementation this year of the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology and in response to feedback received from those APTs interested in becoming external assessors,  the AAPT are now in a position to offer a third one day training awareness course in Level3 DIP APT External Assessment on Thursday 17th March 2016.

Please complete the application form ASAP (places limited to 30) and return as this training will no doubt once again prove popular.

Practical Assessment Training Day: 28th November 2015

Please note that you will also need be assessed for your own practical skills and a next planned practical assessment day is planned for Saturday 28th November 2015 in Bristol. Contact John Pitchers by email ASAP if you wish to attend this assessment day. This is the day after the Mortuary Managers Study Day III

Note: practical assessment days can also be completed at University Hospital of North Tees, Stockton on Tees at a mutually convenient time if you contact Michelle Lancaster by email 

What does an External Assessor do?

External assessors will start to be utilised to visit trainee APTs on the Level 3 Diploma APT course(s) in their home mortuaries. The role will include assessing the practical elements of the Level3 Dip in following areas:

• Unit APT3.6A:     Assist with post mortem examinations
• Unit APT3.7        Preparation and operation of a mortuary
• Unit APT3.8        Prepare for post mortem examinations
• Unit APT3.9        Team working
• Unit APT3.11      Viewing of the deceased

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 will be 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 and a member of the AAPT
• Completion of the one day External Assessor course AND Practical Assessment Course
• AHCS registered -  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. Registration also covers training & development so is a great indication that an APT is actively participating in this area) 

Please note you do not need to be a mortuary manager / senior APT to be an external assessor, you just need to fit the criteria and be in a position to offer a commitment of 1 or 2 days per year to visit trainees to complete assessment in their workplace and all associated documentation so you will also need excellent verbal and written communication skills.

If you make a commitment to attend the training day, you are making a commitment to becoming an assessor – please do not attend the training if you feel you are unable to commit! 

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