As you may know, here at Brooks and Kirk we offer more than just Assessor courses. We also offer courses in Internal Quality Assurance (IQA). These courses act as the step-up from the Assessor courses; so if you’re looking to take your Assessor career even further, becoming an Internal Quality Assurer might be the perfect thing for you.
What is the role of an Internal Quality Assurer?
All training providers must have an Internal Quality Assurer on their team. Quality Assurance takes place to make sure that the training provider is running at the best they can be.
Each centre’s IQA will be responsible for quality-checking decisions made by the centre’s Assessors. This is to ensure these decisions and the Assessors’ practices, are maintaining the centre’s standards. Just some of the tasks that an IQA will undertake include:
- Making sure all Assessors are appropriately trained, qualified, and carrying out their roles efficiently;
- Monitoring the centre’s assessment practice and procedures by carrying out sampling activities, such as;
- Reviewing learners at different stages of the programme delivery and assessment process
- Evaluating the effectiveness of assessment planning
- Making sure assessment decisions are consistent and standardised
- Making sure that the centre’s equality and diversity policy is implemented;
- Conducting a minimum of two standardisation meetings per year.
If quality assurance isn’t happening, then there are risks to the accuracy, consistency, and fairness of training and assessment practice. Therefore, this can cause a significant disadvantage to learners.
How do I become an Internal Quality Assurer?
So, there are currently 3 IQA Qualifications available; however, only 2 of them qualify you to Quality Assure.
First of all, starting with the most basic of all the IQA Qualifications, this course does not actually qualify you to internally quality assure assessment. But, it does provide you with the knowledge behind IQA. This makes this award a great form of CPD (Continuing Professional Development), especially for Managers. By completing this qualification, you will know:
- The context and principles of Internal Quality Assurance;
- How to plan the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment;
- Techniques for monitoring, maintaining and improving the quality of assessment internally;
- How to manage information in accordance with legal and good practice requirements for the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment.
For more information on this course, please see our Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice page.
Now, moving onto this next qualification, this is the equivalent to the old Internal Verifiers qualification. It qualifies you to make quality assurance of assessments and assessment decisions, but it doesn’t qualify you to be the Lead IQA of your training provider. By completing this qualification, you will know and be able to:
- Plan the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment;
- Maintain legal and good practice requirements when internally monitoring and maintaining the quality of assessment;
- Manage information relevant to the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment;
- Internally evaluate, maintain and improve the quality of assessment.
If you think this is the right course for you, we have more information our Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice page.
Finally, the most highly regarded IQA qualification; the Lead IQA. This is the ideal qualification for you if you wish to be the Lead IQA of your training provider, as it provides you with all the skills necessary to not only Quality Assure qualifications, but lead and manage the wh0le quality assurance process. By completing this qualification, you will know and be able to:
- Quality Assure qualifications;
- Manage the Internal Quality Assurance processes for a training centre;
- Manage other IQAs;
- Develop and write Internal Quality Assurance policies and procedures;
- Manage External Quality Assurance (EQA) visits.
In the long run, this is the course we would recommend the most. So if becoming a Lead IQA is the path you want to go down, take a look at our Level 3 Certificate in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice page.
All things considered, there is one more thing you need to know. You must be a qualified Assessor in order to become an Internal Quality Assurer. There are rare situations in which a person has their IQA qualification without their Assessor qualification; but as we’ve mentioned, a big part of quality assurance involves the Assessors in your team. How can you quality assure what they are doing, if you aren’t sure yourself?
If you do need the Assessor qualification, you’re in luck; we at Brooks and Kirk offer the Assessor course too.