Professional Development Assessment Service

The Institute offers experienced practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their competence against the CILT Qualifications Standards, based on accreditation of prior learning and/or assessment and verification in the workplace. This contributes to individual personal development opportunities and enables individuals to gain a professional qualification from the Institute.

What is the PDA Service?
The Institute's Professional Development Assessment Service (PDAS) offers experienced practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their competence against the Institute's logistics qualifications and standards, based on accreditation of prior learning and/or assessment and verification in the workplace.

PDAS is operated on behalf of the Institute by an approved professional assessment centre. Its personnel are well-known to the Institute.

Why is PDAS important to me?
It contributes to individual personal development opportunities and enables individuals to gain a professional qualification from the Institute, plus accreditation for existing skills and knowledge.

Who is it for?
It is for Candidates who:

Are not members of the Institute;
Apply for membership but have no formal recognition for existing knowledge and/or skills;
Have professional experience in logistics & transport, but have not gained qualifications; and
Can demonstrate a track record of learning through attendance on accredited courses

How does PDAS work?
When candidates enrol they are sent Introductory Notes and, following registration, Guidance Materials, to enable them to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the PDAS.

An Assessor is allocated to the candidate and the Assessor contacts them directly to arrange the Initial Competence Analysis (ICA) - see below.

On completion of the ICA, an Induction will take place outlining the assessment process and what is required of the candidate in preparing for assessment.

What is the Initial Competence Analysis (ICA)?
ICA consists of four stages:

Stage 1 - the Self-Assessment Questionnaire that sets out a range of task-based competence criteria for logistics activities matched to the criteria within CILT (UK) qualifications. The candidate completes the questionnaire and a comparison of the responses against benchmark criteria establishes a skills profile and identifies any performance gaps.

Stage 2 - Assessor Moderation that highlights any inconsistencies or apparent misinterpretations, prior to a one-to-one meeting between the Assessor and the candidate.

Stage 3 - the ICA Report which shows:

Overall level of competence;
Areas where evidence can be generated;
Areas where prior learning and experience is indicated;
Any activities not currently undertaken; and
List of competence shortfalls/gaps

Stage 4 - a Personal Development plan is produced identifying:

Proposals for dealing with shortfalls/gaps, including identification of solutions to give the individual the opportunity to get the necessary evidence; and
Training and development needs with identification of the options for meeting them.