Becoming a Certified Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation means that you are qualified to work on specific National Qualifications aligned interventions. It means you have both knowledge  of how to execute compliant training delivery and knowledge of a qualification’s specific subject requirements.

Whilst facilitators are not currently required to be certified, Assessor and Moderator accreditation has become increasingly important for those in the Education and Training sector.

Competition among Facilitators

There are still facilitators who believe what they have to offer is so unique and progressive, that a formalisation of their facilitation skills are not required. In fields such as software development, this may be true.

This will eventually change as more opportunity for the formalisation of the facilitation role increases and becomes a requirement.

In addition, there are many who don’t want to practice but prefer contributing to development by training and improving the field. As a result, with facilitator numbers increasing, in order for them to be competitive in the job market, more are moving towards certification.

How to Become Certified

In order to become a SETA accredited assessor and / or moderator you need the following

Assessor / Moderator Certification (ETDP  SETA) + Certification for an Area of Specialisation (Any SETA)

This means that:

  1. You understand how to apply assessment and moderation in a learning environment
  2. You understand how to apply assessment and moderation for a particular qualification and ensure an industry relevant learning experience.

Follow these two steps for Accreditation

  1. Complete ETDP assessor and moderator training
  2. Submit your CV and certificates to the SETA that is the custodian of the qualifications you wish to assess and moderate on (For example business administration is with SSETA, IT with MICTSETA etc.)
    1. Tip: Organize your CV into sections that clearly link to the specific outcomes or exit level outcomes of the qualifications you want to be certified for.

Assessor and Moderation Roles

Simply put, these roles encompass the following:

Assessor: assesses learners to ensure learning outcomes have been achieved and the programme has supported a holistic learning experience.

Moderator: Ensures that all factors of the learning value chain from ‘selection of learners’ to ‘summative assessment’ have followed a principled system in order to ensure valid certification.

Note: You cannot become a moderator without having achieved the assessor certification.

Area of Specialisation and Recognition of Prior Learning

Many ask ‘I have job specific experience and have been training people in my field for years. Must I really go and do a degree and then do ETDP SETA training?!’

Answer: Nope.

Although it’s ideal to have a degree in order to determine an area of  ‘specialisation’ – if you have work experience you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

How to embark on RPL:

  1. Identify the specific qualification / field that you want to be certified for. If it’s Marketing, select a marketing qualification.
  2. Find a training provider for the qualification, here are some options to try out:

What to Study to Become A Certified Assessor and Moderator

These are three standard unit standards you can be assessed against in order to receive an ETDP verifiable certificate. Find ETDP Accredited training providers offering these unit standards.

Details  Become a Facilitator Become an Assessor Become a Moderator
SAQA Unit Standard Facilitate Learning Using a Variety of Given Methodologies Conduct Outcomes-Based Assessments Moderate Outcomes-Based Assessments
U/S. I.D. 117871 115753 115759
NQF Level 5 5 6
Credits 10 15 10
Purpose This unit standard will provide recognition for those who facilitate or intend to facilitate learning using a variety of given methodologies. Formal recognition will enhance their employability and also provide a means to identify competent learning facilitators. This generic assessor course is for those who assess people for their achievement of learning outcomes in terms of specified criteria using pre-designed assessment instruments. This unit standard is for people who conduct internal or external moderation of outcomes-based assessments.
Learning Outcomes


The qualifying learner will be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for facilitation;
  • Facilitate learning; and
  • Evaluate learning and facilitation.
The qualifying learner will be able to:

  • Carry out assessments in a fair, valid, reliable and practicable manner;
  • Demonstrate understanding of outcomes-based assessment;
  • Prepare for assessments;
  • Conduct assessments;
  • Provide feedback on assessments; and
  • Review assessments.
The qualifying learner will be able to:

  • Moderate assessments in terms of the relevant outcome statements and quality assurance requirements;
  • Use the prescribed QA procedures in a fair, valid, reliable and practicable manner;
  • Demonstrate understanding of moderation within the context of an OBE assessment system;
  • Plan and prepare for moderation;
  • Conduct moderation;
  • Advise and support assessors;
  • Report, record and administer moderation; and
  • Review moderation systems and processes.
Target Groups Individuals who facilitate at work place,  or independent training providers. Individuals who are responsible for assessing delegates’ achievements at work place, or independent training providers and/or assessment centres. Individuals who are responsible for moderating the OBE assessment practices at work place, or independent training providers and/or assessment centres.
Entry Requirements Candidate-facilitators need to be competent in the learning area in which training will be provided. No previous assessment experience is necessary, although, candidate-assessors should have evaluative expertise within the area of learning in which they intend to assess.  Candidate-moderators should have previous assessment experience and recognition for the unit standard 115753 – “Conduct OBE Assessments” as well as evaluative expertise within the field in which they are moderating assessments

Why Facilitators have been allowed to operate without Certification

Two possible ideas contributed towards the lack of formal requirements for facilitators.

  1. When South Africa’s new sector based training system emerged, it soon became clear that many sectors lacking formal qualifications would benefit from having them in place.

The Craft and Live Event Technology sectors are examples of this practice.

  • Craft skill and knowledge was usually handed down from one generation to another
  • Those entering the field of live event technology in the hopes of one day becoming a technician – had to work their way from simple menial tasks such as loading equipment, for indeterminate time periods. No suitable qualifications meant they could remain in these low paying, often casual positions for many years.

If these informal facilitators were only allowed to impart skills and knowledge once certified, learning and development would have slowed. Training in relevant industry skills had to be delivered by these subject experts, whether a crafter or a technician. Although we still sometimes see a separation of the facilitator and assessor role, it’s decreasing.

Although we still sometimes see a separation of the facilitator and assessor role, it’s decreasing.

2. A second idea relating to a lack of pressure for separate facilitator certification is that if you understand how to assess correctly, by default, you should understand how to construct a reliable learning experience to meet assessment criteria and exit level outcomes.

As we know, this isn’t always true and there are those with a facilitator flair that others lack. Often the more flamboyant facilitator prefers to drive the learning experience without having to assess – sometimes seen as an onerous task.

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Comments (39)

  1. Kindly provide me with the list of SETA’s to choose from.
    Also the application to be a training provider/facilitator.


  2. Hi
    I’m a qualified teacher.
    Would you please give me more info on how to become a qualified facilitator, assessor and moderator in my teaching field.

    Thank You

  3. Ntombizanele Jack

    I am interested in having a qualification as an facilitator.assessesor,moderator.
    Currently I have 20 years work as Assistant probation officer experience and do facilitation work.

  4. Johan MOLLER

    Good day i just want to find out the procedure to register as a Facilitator ,Assessor and Moderator wtih ETDP , if completed my studies in all 3 fields

    Johan Moller

  5. Mzwandile Mncane

    Hi , Ive studied my Teachers Diploma and later enrolled with Facilitation and Assessment, now I want to know the combination of the 3 Qualifications is Equivalent to what in South Africa with SETA and other Accreditors ?

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