How do I become an assessor?
Posted by Marty Bibby on 22 May 2014 12:52 PM

E Test - An assessor can be selected from within the Branch or outside the Branch. There are no specific requirements in terms of who you should select for these tests, but obviously they should be familiar with the levels required for the test they are assessing, and the level above and below that test. It is recommended that new examiners begin with the lowest test and work their way upwards as their experience grows. If you instruct at a Centre and would like to become an assessorlocally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some exams at the various levels that you would like to work. E test in Centres, this may be assessed in-house.

D Test - An assessor can be selected from within the Branch but preferably from outside the Branch for best practice. There are no specific requirements in terms of who you should select for these tests, but obviously they should be familiar with the levels required for the test they are assessing, and the level above and below that test. It is recommended that new assessors begin with the lowest test and work their way upwards as their experience grows. If you instruct at a Centre and would like to become an assessor locally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some exams at the various levels that you would like to work. For D to C test in your Centre, please invite an examiner from your local Branch for the Members’ test.  From 2017, new assessors at this level will be required to have attended an Assessor Training Workshop, and it is recommended that following the workshop, they should then shadow an experienced assessor at least once, and then co-assess with an experienced assessor before assessing independently.  If assessing independently, assessors will be expected to fulfil the requirements of a fully accredited coach: up to date CPD, DBS/PVG/Access NI, Safeguarding and First Aid and have a copy of the Instructors folder.  

D+ Test - An assessor can be selected from within the Branch but preferably from outside the Branch for best practice. There are no specific requirements in terms of who you should select for these tests, but obviously they should be familiar with the levels required for the test they are assessing, and the level above and below that test. It is recommended that new assessors begin with the lowest test and work their way upwards as their experience grows. If you instruct at a Centre and would like to become an examiner locally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some exams at the various levels that you would like to work. For D to C test in your Centre, please invite an examiner from your local Branch for the Members’ test.  From 2017, new assessors at this level will be required to have attended an Assessor Training Workshop, and it is recommended that following the workshop, they should then shadow an experienced assessor at least once, and then co-assess with an experienced assessor before assessing independently.  If assessing independently, assessors will be expected to fulfil the requirements of a fully accredited coach: up to date CPD, DBS/PVG/Access NI, Safeguarding and First Aid and have a copy of the Instructors folder.  

Road Rider Test - Two assessors will be required. A riding examiner who is at least a C test assessor and an experienced driver and a road safety assessor who is a Pony Club assessor, an experienced driver and has studied The Pony Club Road Rider DVD and Junior Road Rider book.

C Test - Assessors should be more experienced but again, DC’s can select whoever they feel is suitable for this,  but they should be from outside the Branch for best practice. If you instruct at a Centre and would like to become an assessor locally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some exams at the various levels that you would like to work. For D to C test, please invite an examiner from your local Branch for the Members’ test.  From 2017, new assessors at this level will be required to have attended an Assessor Training Workshop (C and C+ Test workshops will be available by 2016), and it is recommended that following the workshop, they should then shadow an experienced assessor at least once, and then co-assess with an experienced assessor before assessing independently.  If assessing independently, assessors will be expected to fulfil the requirements of a fully accredited coach: up to date CPD, DBS/PVG/Access NI, Safeguarding and First Aid and have a copy of the Instructors folder.  

C+ Test - Two assessors are recommended; one of whom must be a B test assessor, and one must be external to the Branch (The area rep will be able to help find you a suitable person) in some cases, one assessor can be used for C+. But they must then be a B Test assessor and external to the Branch. If you instruct at a Centre and would like to become an assessor locally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some tests at the various levels that you would like to work. For C+ test at Centres, please invite assessors from your local Branch for the Members’ test, one of them must be a B test assessor, the area rep or Centre Co-ordinator will be able to help find you a suitable person.  From 2017, new assessors at this level will be required to have attended an Assessor Training Workshop (C and C+ Test workshops will be available by 2016), and it is recommended that following the workshop, they should then shadow an experienced assessor at least once, and then co-assess with an experienced assessor before assessing independently.  If assessing independently, assessors will be expected to fulfil the requirements of a fully accredited coach: up to date CPD, DBS/PVG/Access NI, Safeguarding and First Aid and have a copy of the Instructors folder.  

B Test - The area rep will be responsible for the creation and maintenance of the panel of well-qualified experienced examiners in the area. Their names must be submitted to The Pony Club Office. Examiners must be selected from this approved list. All ‘B’ Examiners must attend a study day every two years if they wish to remain on the panel. New ‘B’ test examiners should probation at a minimum of two ‘B’ tests before they can be approved by the area rep and join the ‘B’ test panel.

Lungeing Test - Assessed by an AH Test examiner.

AH Test - Four assessors , taken from the ‘AH test assessors panel’ will assess a maximum of eight candidates at each test. An additional ‘AH’ Chief assessor may be present, sent from The Pony Club Office to ensure uniformity of the standard of assessment. New ‘AH’ assessors should probation a minimum of three ‘AH’ tests before they can be approved by the Area Rep and Chief Assessor and join the ‘AH’ test panel.

A Test - Three assessors , taken from the ‘A’ test assessors panel, will assess a maximum of eight candidates at each test. An addition ‘A’ test panel assessor may be present, sent from The Pony Club Office to ensure uniformity of the standard of assessment.

Related Links:

The Pony Club Efficiency Tests

The Pony Club Coaching Resources

Assessor Training Workshops

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