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Conduct Moderation of Outcomes-based Assessments (Moderator) Course



Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 115759)

Moderators are an integral part of the internal quality system. They provide guidelines on how assessment practices can be improved in their capacity as advisors to promote assessment practices and contribute towards the development of assessors. Moderators advise will enhance the development and maintenance of quality management systems that are in line with Educational Training and Quality Assurance (ETQA) requirements

Those who have achieved this course will be able to moderate assessments in terms of the relevant outcome statements and quality assurance requirements. The candidate-moderator will be able to use the prescribed Quality Assurance procedures in a fair, valid, reliable and practicable manner that is free of all bias and discrimination, paying particular attention to the three groups targeted for redress: race, gender and disability.

In particular, people credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of moderation within the context of an outcomes-based assessment system,
  • Plan and prepare for moderation,
  • Conduct moderation,
  • Advise and support assessors,
  • Report, record and administer moderation, and
  • Review moderation systems and processes.

COURSE DURATION: 5 Weeks Maximum Part time or 5 days full time.



Quality Assured Partner: ETDP-SETA

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Moderator Learning Outcomes

This course is for people who conduct internal or external moderation of outcomes-based assessments. The assessments could be in terms of outcomes defined in a number of documents, including but not limited to unit standards, exit level outcomes, assessment standards, curriculum statements and qualifications. This programme will contribute towards the achievement of a variety of qualifications particularly within the field of Education Training and Development Practices and Human Resource Development. The area of focus of this programme will be;

Understand Moderation

  • The Skills Development Framework
  • The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
  • The National Qualifications Framework
  • Changes to the NQF landscape

Outcomes-based education and training (OBET)

  • What Is An Outcome
  • Principles Of Outcomes-Based Education And Training
  • 3 Pillars Of Outcomes Based Education
  • Recognition Of Prior Learning (RPL)


  • Applied Competence Is
  • Demonstrating Competence
  • Assessment Categories
  • Assessment Instruments
  • Criteria For Selection Of An Assessment Method/Instrument
  • Role players in the assessment process
  • The Overall Assessment Process


  • What is the purpose of moderation
  • Internal Moderation
  • External Moderation (Verification)

Plan And Prepare For Moderation

  • Requirements For An Assessment And Moderation System
  • Assessment policies
  • Assessment system
  • Establishing a Moderation System

Methods of Moderation

  • Moderation instruments or tools
  • Pair Activity

Planning for Moderation

  • Planning Your Sample
  • Record your plan

Conduct Moderation

  • Conducting the Moderation
  • Implementing moderation
  • Moderation steps
  • Group activity

Quality Assurance

  • Monitoring Assessment Practice
  • Confirming Assessment Decisions
  • Deal With Conflict Situations
  • Moderating Assessment Methods
  • Moderating Assessment Instruments
  • Checking the Quality of Evidence
  • Checking Supplementary Evidence
  • Moderating the Assessment Process
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
  • Services and support to learners/candidates

Advise And Support Assessors

  • Introduction
  • Continuing Support and Advice
  • Group Meetings
  • Group Discussion

Administer Moderation

  • The Importance of Records
  • Types of Moderation Records
  • Storing Assessment and Moderation Records

Review Moderation Systems

  • The Impact of Regular Review
  • Best practices

What makes a good Moderator?

  • Strong verbal skills.
  • Interact with people.
  • Must have the ability to be open and unbiased.
  • Flexible and reliable.
  • Ability to create trust.
  • Enthusiastic with high energy levels.

Do Moderators need to be registered?

Absolutely YES. It will be to your benefit, once you have received your Statement of Results from ETDP-SETA and a certificate of competence you can register with the relevant SETA’s. Once registered you will receive a unique registration number as proof of registration.

Benefits of being a registered Moderator?

  • Employability prospect.
  • Work for your self as a freelance moderator.
  • Employability in a company as an internal Moderator.
  • Improve your training skills and much more benefits.
  • Personal development.

Entry level requirements into this programme?

It is further assumed that the person has evaluative expertise within the field in which they are moderating assessments. Must have Assessor course completed and Statement of Results (SOR) from relevant Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA)

  • Certified copy of you ID document
  • School Grade 12 or tertiary qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Certified copy of your Assessor certificate
  • Certified copy of your ETDP-SETA Statement of Results (SOR)

Online technical requirements

The system requirements for the Moodle user are modest. All you really need is a solid, reliable internet connection and a modern web browser which can be downloaded within our eLearning platform.

Operating system

  • Windows: Windows vista or higher.
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X or higher.
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