Designing Assessment Materials

AMS specialises in offering Assessment Design training courses via distance learning and workshops for tertiary education organisations and secondary schools. We also work to develop assessment designers through our executive 1-on-1 assessor coaching, on job learning and assessment in your workplace or organisation.

Our aim is to train assessment designers for your organisation to meet your needs within the context of your learners and learning environment leading to the achievement of NZQA Unit Standard 11552.

Assessment Design Course Options

Our assessment design training is for tutors, teachers, or workplace assessors who hold Unit Standard 4098 and are in a position to move into developing new assessment materials or modify existing materials. We tend to offer this course to the organisations who have had also completed the 4098 Assessor Training courses.

Course Overview

Our one-day assessment design course leads on from the 4098 assessor training course and experience with assessing candidates against unit standards and takes assessors through the process of designing assessment material.

This generally includes for:

  • NZQA Providers or Schools: common assessment tasks and assessment schedules
  • ITOs: assessor guides and evidence and judgement guides/schedules

You will develop assessments that meet the requirements and context of your learners, organisation, industry training organisation and/or standard setting body in an interactive workshop.

Assessment designers then follow the organisation or widely accepted provider assessment schedule or evidence and judgement guide format to prepare evidence and judgement statements that directs assessors to making consistent, fair assessment decisions based on sufficient and current evidence.

Assessment designers or writers who hold Unit Standard 11552 can:

  • Design assessments or guides for learners or trainees in the context and environment of your organisation or training course
  • Modify existing assessments that do not pass internal or external pre-assessment moderation or that need to be updated to a new version of the standard
  • Develop assessment tasks or specific questions, scenarios for their specific course or candidates
  • Submit their assessment materials for pre assessment moderation for approval prior to use within your organisation

Course Assessment & Requirements

Candidate designers will apply the knowledge, skills and process to their organisation for two assessments that need to meet your internal quality assurance and moderation requirements. This evidence will then be compiled to produce a portfolio of evidence for assessment against Unit Standard 11552.

The two sets of assessment material must be approved as meeting internal or external moderation requirements and you must seek out and consider stakeholder input, e.g. a learner or an assessor.

One or both of these requirements may take time to process, so allow for these timeframes after assessment design and course completion.

Attendance Capacity

General Public

Limited number of public courses are available. Contact us to register your interest.


Six or more participants.

Scheduled Course Locations

Please note that courses are available at a number of AMS Group branch locations, these are listed below. If there are no course locations shown below, courses can be arranged to be delivered at your place of work. Contact us to  find out more about our on-site training options available for this course or enquire below.