Etutor Alliance encourages the participation of expert witnesses during your learning journey. Expert witnesses may be used where there are no occupationally competent assessors for certain specialist fields. They may also be used to minimise intrusion in the workplace. Expert witnesses can also be used as a part of a range of assessment methods to strengthen evidence of competency. All evidence from experts will be verified during quality assurance. At times awarding body approval might also be required before an expert can be used.
An expert witness must:
– Have a working knowledge of the RQF units for which they are providing witness testimony;
– Be occupationally competent in their area of expertise;
– Have either a qualification that includes assessment of workplace performance or a professional work role that involves evaluating the everyday practice of staff.
|Using expert witnesses
The expert should complete our expert witness occupational competency declaration or state, their job role, contact number, email address, experience and qualifications. They will also need to state their relationship with the learner in order to declare any conflict of interest. The expert might be required to provide proof of their qualifications where specialist skills are required.
When the use of experts is required, they have to be acknowledged and included as part of the assessment strategy
Expert Witnesses Evidence Formart
When there is no Occupational Declaration
Quality of evidence
The evidence from experts should be authentic, reliable, sufficient and current. There should be clear identification of dates regarding the events or activities witnessed. The evidence should not be generic but a record of what is being witnessed at a particular time. For example, the following will not be acceptable:
Unfortunately the above is not evidence. The witness has not provided a time frame for their observation. They have simply generalised and also gave an assessment decision regarding competency. The following record below is, however, better and fit for purpose.