Quality of your Evidence

You need to ensure that your work reflects the QCF Level Descriptors highlighted on the next page. You also need to ensure your evidence meets the following criteria:

• Relevancy

• Sufficiency

• Authenticity

• Confidentiality

• Currency

• Plagiarism

• Harvard Referencing

Apart from the evidence that you are asked to produce to give details of the company that you work for and the people you work with, each piece of evidence must be relevant to specific elements and performance criteria. If you are unable to explain why a piece of evidence is relevant to the element then that piece should not be included.


Candidates often overwhelm their assessor with large amounts of evidence. This only serves to confuse the assessor who prefers clear, concise examples, which specifically demonstrates the candidate’s competence. It is important to avoid duplicating evidence, which meet the same performance criteria or range unless directed to do so by the assessment guide. When a piece of written evidence is long and bulky, a summary of it should be included or the key points identified with a highlighter pen.


Your assessor will need to be satisfied that the evidence you present is actually your work. Wherever possible, you should submit evidence that can be readily attributed to you e.g. a certificate with your name on, minutes of meetings where your competence is mentioned, letters you have signed, official records bearing your name etc. Witness testimony can also be used to authenticate specific pieces of evidence and can also be used to authenticate personal reports.


You should always check your evidence to ensue that it is not confidential. Some documents may be submitted with confidential information blanked out provided that the documents are still relevant. Where evidence cannot be included because it is of a confidential nature, a witness testimony can be used to testify that the evidence was produced and demonstrated competence.


It is advisable to submit recent evidence wherever possible. All evidence should be dated.


You are reminded that all work you submit should not be plagiarised. You will need to acknowledge any sources you use. You should ideally use Harvard Referencing.