The purpose of assessment

Outcomes-based assessment is relevant to all fields and is not limited to education, training and development.
There are various reasons for assessment, namely:
 to select and recruit learners for a job,
 to monitor individual performance,
 to determine training needs,
 to assess skills and knowledge,
 to recognise prior learning,
 to assess training programmes,
 to assess the progress of learners on a training programme, and
 to assess a candidate’s competence.
Different assessment methods will be used as appropriate to each situation.