Certificate in Educational Assessment

Whether you’re new to working in assessment, want to refresh your understanding of the key principles of assessment or starting on your journey to becoming a Chartered Educational Assessor, the CIEA Certificate in Educational Assessment qualification will support you in gaining knowledge and understanding in the key principles of educational assessment. Through coming to understand these principles and the issues and debates around assessment practice, you will reflect on and develop your assessment understanding and develop a greater awareness of their implications in your own work situation.

About the course

This interactive online course includes video content, links to resources, group activities and reading suggestions. You will be required to participate in forum discussions with fellow students and complete a post-course task in order to achieve the CIEA Certificate in Educational Assessment and progress to the next stage of the Chartered Educational Assessor training.

Areas covered in the course:

  • Learning taxonomies (Bloom’s and SOLO)
  • What is assessment?
  • Purposes of assessment
  • Learning and assessment
  • Uses of assessment
  • Making a good assessment
  • Standards and comparability

Find out more about the course structure and outline.

Course leaders Marianne Talbot and Newman Burdett will be available to respond to queries throughout the course.


In certain circumstances applicants may believe they have sufficient knowledge, understanding and experience in assessment to warrant an exemption from the Certificate in Educational Assessment, Stage One of the Chartered Educational Assessor Programme. If you would like to apply for an exemption please could we ask you to provide evidence of your experience and request that you complete the short task in the proforma below and submit it to administratorciea@herts.ac.uk.

Download the Certificate in Educational Assessment exemption proforma.