How to get started as a SCOPE Assessor
The data that results from a SCOPEinsight assessment is a valuable resource for our clients because it helps them make well-informed decisions about a particular agribusiness. These decisions can be about the type of technical assistance provided, loan provision, or contracts that an agribusiness will receive. Therefore, data quality and integrity is central to a SCOPE assessment. An integral part of data integrity is to have trained and certified data collectors. We refer to these as SCOPE assessors.
The ideal profile for a SCOPE Assessor
There are two kinds of certifications that we offer: 1. A SCOPE Assessor certification, and 2. A SCOPE Financial Specialist certification. SCOPE Assessors are a pre-requisite to conduct SCOPE Basic, SCOPE Input Retailer, and SCOPE Pro assessments. (The SCOPE Rapid assessment is performed by a data collector, who does not need to be certified.) SCOPE Financial Specialists are necessary for all assessments done with the SCOPE Pro tool. The SCOPE Pro takes a more in depth look at an agribusiness’s financial performance, and therefore the tool itself measures an extra financial dimension. Each type of certification has its own list of minimum requirements. SCOPEinsight assessments collect quantitative as well as qualitative data, and therefore, both hard and soft skills are essential.
The minimum requirements for SCOPE Assessors are as follows:
The minimum requirements for SCOPE Financial Specialists are as follows:
You can download a document with more details on the requirements and considerations for SCOPE Assessors and Financial Specialists here.
The assessor training process
The training programs for both SCOPE Assessors and Financial Specialists are entirely virtual. The e-training courses take about three weeks to complete and are a combination of self-paced study and online, real-time webinars. Assessor candidates will need computer skills, a computer, and internet access to complete the training. The trainings are available in English, French, and Spanish. Assessors can be trained either as part of a specific program or as independent assessors, who can then be selected from our SCOPE certified assessor pool for future projects.
The assessor training consists of eight online modules, each with a test at the end, and three interactive Q&A webinars. The modules are self-paced, but the webinars are real-time and must be scheduled in advance. At the end of the training is a final exam. After passing, assessors are certified for twelve months. If they wish to renew their certification after it expires, there is an easy recertification process.
The schedule for the e-training goes as follows:
You can download a document with more details on the e-training for SCOPE Assessors and Financial Specialists here.
Are you interested in becoming a SCOPE Assessor? Contact us today to begin scheduling your training.Back to news