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Technical Assessors

NATA assessments are first and foremost a peer review process.  As such, NATA relies heavily on the specialised knowledge and experience of its volunteer technical assessors.

The volunteer work offered to NATA is well recognised within the scientific and technical fraternity and the support offered by organisations in making their staff available to NATA as volunteers is acknowledged. In some cases, participation in technical assessments is recognised under continuing professional development (CPD) schemes.

Technical assessors work under the direction of the NATA lead assessor (NATA staff member) during the assessment of facilities. They provide support by reviewing activities performed by the facility and offering their feedback to the lead assessor. As well as participating in on-site assessments, technical assessors may be asked to provide follow up advice and guidance to NATA on post assessment activities, such as reviewing a facility’s response to assessment findings.

The vast majority of technical assessors work in NATA accredited facilities, or are individuals who are well recognised by the profession in their field of expertise including those from academia.

Technical assessors are drawn from individuals who display the following qualities:

  • professional expertise and experience;
  • knowledge of testing, calibration, inspection or related activities which NATA accredits;
  • understanding of management systems;
  • analytical approach and an ability to critically evaluate;
  • ability to work as a team member;
  • communication skills and commitment to the accreditation process.

Once accepting an invitation to become a technical assessor, individuals participate in a training course delivered by NATA.

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