Vacancy for Assessors – Accelerated and Professional Recognition Route in Coaching Psychology

The BPS is seeking to appoint a number of Chartered Coaching Psychologists to join our team of assessors for the Accelerated and Professional Recognition Routes in Coaching Psychology.

Overview of the Route

The BPS provides professional recognition routes (PRRs) to Chartered membership as a coaching psychologist, which enables individuals to be evaluated against the BPS Level 8 coaching psychology standards, which were developed and approved in 2021.

The current PRRs comprise:

  • Accelerated route (closes to new applicants 31 December 2024)
  • Full Professional Recognition Route (PRR)

Applications to the routes are through submission and assessment of a portfolio of evidence, and engagement in an oral examination.

Submissions and assessments are completed through our Virtual Learning Environment, BPS Learn.

Oral examinations are held remotely.

Overview of the Role

The role of assessor involves marking allocated submissions against a set of marking criteria, in line with the society’s coaching standards, and producing assessment reports by set deadlines.

Submissions are typically received from candidates on a quarterly basis in March, June, September and December.

Role Description

  • To assess submissions in the required format against marking criteria provided, ensuring standards are maintained at all times.
  • To assess competence through written submissions and a Professional Conversation
  • To provide detailed feedback by set deadlines.
  • To make assessment decisions that are robust, fair and equitable.
  • Where necessary, engage in the assessment arbitration process and / or quality assurance procedures, including provision of all relevant information to the Chief Assessor in order to allow for a fully informed and unbiased final assessment decision to be made. For example; moderation meetings and peer discussions.
  • To attend assessment standardisation events as required.
  • To engage with and successfully complete assessor training as required.
  • To complete the annual appraisal / quality assurance procedures and positively engage with Chief Assessor’s feedback.
  • To ensure that own specialist knowledge remains current.
  • To comply with all relevant codes and policies.

Person Specification

  • Hold the status of Chartered Coaching Psychologist.
  • Knowledge and understanding of assessment processes.
  • Ability to assess against a set of standards.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Level 8 Standards for the recognition of individuals in Coaching Psychology.
  • A member of the Division of Coaching Psychology (DoCP)

Personal Qualities

  • Ability to work independently and within a team.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.

Assessors must attend an induction session and training events/sessions for assessors (approximately once a year).

Please note that this is a paid position (per candidate assessment) and the successful candidate will be issued with a Contract for Services.

If you need any further information, please contact [email protected].

How to Apply

The British Psychological Society is committed to a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of your background or circumstances.

To apply, please complete a Statement of Interest form and send a copy of your CV to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 29 February 2024.

Interviews are expected to take place the week beginning 11 March 2024, via Zoom.