The vital role of NATA's technical assessors
NATA relies heavily on the specialised knowledge and experience of its volunteer technical assessors.
Technical assessors work closely with and provide support to the NATA lead assessor (NATA staff member) during the assessment of facilities.
Many assessors find their work for NATA benefits both themselves and their employer. By volunteering, assessors put something back into their profession through the peer review process.
Employers support the NATA accreditation process by releasing staff to participate as volunteers in assessments. This is especially true as assessments are conducted during business hours. The volunteer work offered to NATA is well recognised within the scientific and technical fraternity as it provides additional professional development opportunities through the exchange of ideas which occurs during assessments.
Individuals are invited to become technical assessors based on their expertise and their aptitude for the role. Generally, invitations are issued following a recommendation by another technical assessor or following an assessment visit to that individual’s facility.
New technical assessors are required to attend a one-day training course within two years of being appointed, which NATA runs regularly throughout the country.
Though assessors are not paid, all their travel and other expenses are met by NATA.