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Observation Checklists - Getting the Criteria Right

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Portal circle imageDevelop understanding about what constitutes Observable Performance

Observation checklists are sophisticated assessment instruments.  When used correctly, they provide insightful data that gives a picture of both learner achievement and areas for improvement.

Accurately recording performance against the competency criteria is both a skill and an art that can’t be copied and pasted.

Join Melissa Palmer for this practical webinar and learn how to construct effective, efficient observation checklists. You will build capability in extracting assessment criteria from units of competency, and develop understanding about what constitutes observable performance.


Webinar details

Date: Tuesday 23 July 2024

Time: 12.30pm AEST (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)

Duration: 1 hour

Investment: $59.00 inc GST.

10% discount! for VET PD Series subscribers - Use your Voucher Code when registering!


What participants' said previously when this topic ran

It was quick, informative & used good examples
Melissa's great coverage of the content. Well spoken & easy to understand.
The order in which Melissa states she starts with Condition & PE was great
Taking a step by step approach to Observation Checklists



These sessions are for VET teachers, trainers and educators; assessors and managers


Topics Covered

  • Why cut-and-pasting performance criteria and performance evidence from the unit is unacceptable
  • Deciding what you have to ‘see’ vs other evidence you might use
  • Interpreting components of the unit into observable criteria
  • Mapping to criteria (not tasks)
  • Knowledge that can be ‘observed’
  • Ticks, crosses and comments
  • Photos and recorded audio-visual evidence


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session, participants will have an understanding of:

  • Understanding of what “observable” means
  • Clarity around what must be seen vs what may not need to be seen
  • Strategies for interpreting unit requirements into assessment criteria
  • Practical examples of effective and ineffective checklists



Presenter ImageMelissa Palmer

With 15 years in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, Melissa has experienced all sides of the including design, development, teaching and assessing both online and in a traditional classroom. Her experience spans both TAFE and private training organisations. Melissa’s toolbox includes high level assessment and content design, managing e-learning projects and quality assurance to name but a few. Self-confessed creative geek, Melissa brings fun, focus and the ability to think outside what is commonly referred to as ‘normal’ regarding assessments. Her passion and knowledge around ensuring compliance is second to none.


A Statement of Attendance is issued on completion of live event activities.

Note the video recording of the live event will be available to all participants within 7 days after the event, for limited viewing of 30 days.



  • Plan and Design Assessment
    • Determine the focus of the assessment tool
    • Design the assessment tool
  • Conduct Assessment
    • Collect evidence in accordance with the assessment plan
    • Gather quality evidence



The following statements are received when the course is completed:

VDC - Certificate of Attendance
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