# QCTO Assessment Quality Partner (AQP) principles and values

The following principles and values have been taken into consideration during the development of these criteria and guidelines for becoming an AQP:The following principles and values have been taken into consideration during the development of these criteria and guidelines for becoming an AQP:

External Assessment systems and processes must:

1. be fair, reliable, valid, ethical and transparent;
2. be consistent across time, place, role players and respond to a non-sectoral demand-led model;
3. use methodologies that are fit-for-purpose and reflect a consistent level of higher  cognitive challenge;
4.  avoid tendencies of exclusivity;
5. adhere to the QCTO values which show:
• i. innovation and excellence
• ii. empowerment and recognition
• iii. respect and dignity
• iv.  ethics and integrity
• v.  ownership and accountability
• vi.  authenticity

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