Assessor Accreditation

Gaining Assessor Accreditation

Assessor Accreditation is attained by attending an AuctionsPlus Assessor School and completing parallel assessments with an Accredited, Training Endorsed Assessor.

Training Course

The two-day Assessor School gives an overview of the AuctionsPlus selling platform, and enhances skills in objective livestock assessment, selling and marketing of stock, photo and video promotion, handling misdescription claims as well as discussing new market opportunities. Attending a course is a mandatory aspect of the accreditation process. 

Training course materials are designed by, and courses conducted by, AuctionsPlus staff members who have received formal education in the area of Training and Assessment in adult learning. We also engage the services of Level 1 Professional assessors to assist with the presentation of materials – utilising the skills and experience of industry experts to ensure a high-quality training experience.

Parallel Assessments

You need to complete a minimum of FOUR field assessments on a variety of stock categories of stock to be offered on AuctionsPlus. These assessments are to be done in parallel with a suitably experienced Accredited Assessor, and your FINAL assessment is to be completed with a Level 1 Training Endorsed Assessor. 

Please use our Search for an Assessor function to find a Level 1 Assessor in your region. 

These assessments will be entered under the accredited assessor's name with the parallel assessor's name to be included on the assessment where indicated. 

Recommendation

When you have completed the minimum number of parallel assessments and the accredited assessor who trained you believes you are capable of assessing stock on your own, both you and the trainer must submit a form to AuctionsPlus:

Download Assessor Accreditation Recommendation form (to be completed by the trainer)

Download Assessor Accreditation Request form (to be completed by the trainee)

Please return the forms to AuctionsPlus via email, or fax to 02 9262 3244

AuctionsPlus will review the details of parallel assessments as listed, so it is critical to ensure that your name is included as a Parallel Assessor. If it is deemed that you have not completed parallels across a broad enough range of stock, you may be asked to complete further training.

Online Exam

New assessors requesting accreditation will also be required to complete a short online exam. The exam is designed to be a learning tool, most answers can be found within the Operating Conditions and Assessor Manuals. Answers will be reviewed by AuctionsPlus to identify any areas where additional coaching may be required.

Once we determine that you have completed a satisfactory level of training, you will be granted a level A3 Assessor Accreditation.

Click here to search for an accredited assessor in your area. If you are unable to find an assessor, please contact AuctionsPlus.

AuctionsPlus Assessor Training Courses

Location Species Date Cut Off
Jamestown, SA Sheep & Cattle Week commencing 17th February 3rd February, 2020
Dubbo, NSW Sheep & Cattle Week commencing 20th April 6th April, 2020
Wagga Wagga, NSW Sheep & Cattle Week commencing 22nd June 8th June, 2020

**These dates are subject to change**

The cost to attend the AuctionsPlus Assessor Training Course is $1,000 ex GST for two days. 

Please note: Cancellation of attendance to a Training Course after the designated cut-off date will incur a $250 administration fee (ex GST)

If you are interested in attending a course, click here for the application form. If there are no courses currently scheduled in your area, we will keep your application on file and notify you when a course is scheduled.

NSW licence holders who are members of ALPA may be eligible for CPD points

All participants should have been vaccinated for Q-Fever. If your course includes a visit to an abattoir, you may be required to show evidence of Q-Fever vaccinations. Click here for further information about Q-Fever and the inoculation

If you would like further information please contact Alexa Hearn on 0411 074 931.

Maintaining/Increasing Assessor Status

Accreditation, maintaining, increasing and demoting status is at the discretion of AuctionsPlus.

Assessor accreditation levels are reviewed in January and June annually.

Accredited assessors cannot complete parallel assessments to maintain their accreditation. Only assessments lodged and offered on the AuctionsPlus system in the assessor’s own name will count towards maintaining their accreditation.

Sharing of your assessor code, or use of another assessors user code to falsely complete assessments will result in an immediate 6 month suspension.

If an assessor does not complete an assessment in a 12 month period they will be deactivated and will need to reapply for accreditation.

Increasing Assessor Status

The requirements for Assessor Levels have been reviewed in July 2019 and as a result Assessor levels will now focus on each Assessors level of experience and assessment quality. Key measures include;

  • 3 year rolling average for throughput
  • 3 year rolling average for number of assessments
  • 12 month buyer ratings
  • Assessment audit score which includes level of detail in  assessor comments, accuracy, quality of media and % sampled
  • Alignment with AuctionsPlus values
  • Engagement with the AuctionsPlus team (training, arbitration, workshops, development of new modules)
  • Leadership and the contribution to the evolution of the online marketplace
  • Disputes & the handling of issues

The change to Assessor Levels aims to incorporate qualitative measures as much as possible; levels are no longer dictated solely by throughput. Reviews and recommendations conducted by Endorsed Assessors are also considered.

An audit score is produced by reviewing a number of assessments completed in the last 12 months and looks largely at qualitative measures including level of detail in comments, accuracy, quality of media and % sampled. As such, our new requirements for levels are:

  • Level 3
    • All new Assessors are assigned this level
    • Minimum two years and 20 assessments following accreditation
    • Assessors demoted for poor performance
    • Case-by-case determination of requirements to move back to Level 2
    • Cannot conduct Parallel Assessments
  • Level 2
    • Must be recommended by a Level 1 assessor to move from Level 3
    • Buyer feedback considered to move from Level 3
    • Require 1 assessment per year to maintain Level 2
    • Minimum requirement for Audit scores
    • Can conduct parallel assessments, but cannot sign off new assessors
  • Level 1 Accredited
    • Minimum four years following accreditation and at least 60 assessments completed before Level 1 can be attained
    • Demonstrate high level of assessment quality (measured by Audit scores and Buyer feedback)
    • Minimum 5 assessments per year to maintain Level 1 – a minimum number is necessary to audit assessment quality
    • Minimum audit scores required to maintain Level 1
    • Required to sign off/endorse assessors to move up Levels
  • Level 1 Professional
    • Super Assessors and Trainers
There will be regular spot checks and audits on assessors at random to ensure you are adhering to the AuctionsPlus Terms of Operation.

If you have completed the required number of assessments in the previous twelve month period you may be elevated a level, or maintain your level.  

If you have not completed the required number of assessments you may be downgraded.

The management of AuctionsPlus reserves the right to upgrade or downgrade assessors with consideration also given to buyer feedback, any claims of misdescription, and AuctionsPlus evaluation of an Assessor's performance.

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