Quality Assuring the Assessment Process at CMETB

CMETB core offering is to deliver QQI programmes developed to lead to major awards under the Common Awards System (CAS). In addition, CMETB offers a number of non-QQI awards, such as City & Guilds, Pearson, CompTIA, ITEC, CIBTAC, CIDESCO, SEC Trades and ATI amongst others.

QQI Assessment Processes

As part of the QQI assessment plans and processes, learners are provided with briefs appropriate to the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) level, for all assessments they are asked to undertake. These include details of the assessment task at hand, criteria & marking schemes and deadlines where appropriate. It is the learner’s responsibility to complete assessments and demonstrate their achievement of learning.  All learners are expected to sign statements of authenticity with respect to their assessments. Formative and summative feedback, which occurs during and after assessment tasks, are crucial elements of effective teaching and learning within CMETB.

The CMETB assessment process involves an integrated and sequential approach incorporating the following: The integrity of assessment processes is monitored through the Internal Verification and External Authentication Processes, and approved by the respective Results Approval Panel.

Internal verification procedures check that assessments have been carried out in line with quality assurance procedures e.g.  that the correct assessment instruments have been used, learner details and results correctly entered. In addition a sample of learners, marks are checked for each programme.

The External Authentication system is a core element of ensuring the quality and integrity of the assessment processes. It is the role of the External Authenticator to review the IV report to:

Ensure that assessment has been undertaken in a quality assured manner,

To review the learners’ assessments to ensure that they have been assessed in a fair and consistent manner,

To authenticate that the grades given are in line with the national standards for that level.

The Results Approval Panel is an integral part of the assessment process. It provides an opportunity for the management team within a centre to review the results of a given assessment period, identify issues arising out of the assessments, and decide on recommendations for future actions to be taken.

These IV/EA and RAP procedures facilitate the fair and consistent assessment of learners, and support academic decision-making which reflects the interests of learners and the maintenance of quality standards.

Academic Appeals

Learners have the right to appeal their results for QQI awards, should they not agree with the assessment judgement that has been made. The appeals process for all CMETB FET centres has been centralised and is now managed by CMETB’s Director of Quality assurance across each of the 6 QQI assessment periods annually. Learners may have their assessment scripts reviewed by experienced appeals examiners who are independent of their centre. In the event that their appeal is upheld, CMETB informs QQI of the amended grade.

Non-QQI Assessment Processes

Non-QQI assessments are undertaken in line with the quality assurance regulations of the certifying body.

Assessment Regulations

CMETB has adapted a set of common assessment policies and regulations in the advancement toward a centralised Quality Assurance System.  CMETB have recently implemented a collective of quality assured processes and procedures for the fair and consistent assessment of learners. The Quality Assurance Assessment Reference Documents outline process and procedure in the event of the following occurrence(s):


  1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  2. Secure Storage of Assessment
  3. Reasonable Accommodation in Assessment
  4. Examinations; Planning, Conducting and Concluding
  5. Assessment Malpractice
  6. Assessment Submission Deadlines: Short-term Extensions
  7. Assessment Submission Deadlines: Compassionate Consideration in Extenuating Circumstances*
  8. Assessment Result Appeals
  9. Assessment Process Appeals

* Late Submissions Policy in the context of Cavan Institute