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Where does Foundation Skills fit into the Assessment Validation Process?

19 July 2017

This webinar is designed for VET practitioners, to offer ideas to cover foundation skill requirements in assessment validation. Assessment validation aims to ensure that our assessment materials, tasks and procedures enable candidates to demonstrate observable behaviours to the “acceptable level” (Standards for RTOs). But how do we work out what ‘acceptable levels’ are, in terms of foundation skills? And how do we ensure our assessment materials, tasks and procedures assess foundation skills to this ‘acceptable level’?  

In this webinar endeavour to answer these questions. We’ll explain how foundation skills relate to the validation process and offer suggestions to ensure validation criteria sufficiently covers foundation skills.

Key topics covered within the webinar

  • Why we must cover foundation skills when validating assessment
  • How to align assessment tasks with ACSF and CSfW performance descriptions
  • How to check that your assessment task is valid and reliable, in terms of foundation skills
  • How to use the ACSF/CSfW descriptions in assessment marking guides
  • Who should validate

This event is a pre-approved professional development opportunity offering 25 Right Way Professional Development Points.

Who should attend

  • RTO/Compliance Manager
  • Trainer/Assessor
  • Head of Faculty/Dept/Area Manager
  • Consultant
  • Other

What to expect

Presented by Ann Leske and Chemene Sinson, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • PowerPoint
  • Recording of the webinar (three month access)
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Chemene Sinson


Chemene Sinson is a learning and development consultant who specialises in TAE qualifications and other non-accredited programs.  She has extensive experience designing, delivering and assessing TAE Certificate IV and Diploma programs for private, community, government and industry-based RTOs.  She has written a suite of learning and assessment materials for the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment purchased by more than 100 RTOs to date.  In recent years she has focused her own professional development on language, literacy and numeracy development through VET and has teamed up with Ann Leske to form a joint LLN and VET development initiative.

Ann Leske

Ann Leske has been involved in education and training for 18 years as an Adult Language Literacy and Numeracy teacher, project manager, researcher, and consultant. Enabling learners to successfully build foundation skills, complete courses, or progress to further adult education or training opportunities is central to her professional focus. Innovative approaches to program designs achieved state and national recognition; published outcomes have influenced others and provided new approaches. Ann leads professional development and consultations across Australia which enable workplaces, RTOs, and teachers to obtain LLN insight and confidently approach LLN delivery.

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter before the session, please email


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