DEFINITION: A form of evidence gathering that involves the candidate in completing or dealing with a task, activity or problem in an off-the-job situation that replicates the workplace context. Simulations vary from recreating realistic workplace situations such as in the use of flight simulators, through the creation of role-plays based on workplace scenarios to the reconstruction of a business situation on a spreadsheet. In developing simulations, the emphasis is not so much on reproducing the external circumstance but on creating situations in which candidates are able to demonstrate:

  • technical skills
  • underpinning knowledge
  • generic skills such as decision making and problem solving
  • workplace practices such as effective communication.

SOURCE: IBSA Council Ldt (2015). VET Glossary. Part of a suite of support materials for the TAE Training and Education Training Package, 4th edition.


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