If you were scouting around on our site back in early January or have subscribed to our assessor training mailing list, then you may have seen the post that we did about becoming an IQA earlier in the year. If not, then it may be worth just having a quick read of our ‘Is Becoming an IQA for you?‘.
We mentioned that we would be following up on that post with another focusing on the benefits of gaining an IQA qualification. Well, here it is!
The three main benefits we will be looking at are:
It is common knowledge that the more highly qualified you are, the more you can potentially earn.
On average, Internal Quality Assurers earn in the region of £23,000 – £35,000 pa. Experienced assessors that take the next step up to become IQAs can become much more valuable to the company which they work for. Because they will then be competent to cover two different roles within the organisation. So, they will generally be offered a pay rise once they have completed their IQA course.
Any qualified assessors will/should be well aware of the importance of CPD within their role.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with CPD and what it is all about; Continuing Professional Development refers to any further learning/training that you receive, whether it be accredited or not, with the view to developing new and existing knowledge and skills.
If you are currently working within an assessing role and enjoying it, then you may not want to take on the role of an IQA. However, just completing the theory-based IQA qualification; Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Principles and Practice, could make you an even better assessor (as you will go on to find out in the next section). Because of this, the Level 4 Award makes for an absolutely perfect CPD course.
Furthermore, as the Level 4 Award mentioned above is a completely theory-based qualification, you can even complete the entire course online. This makes it an ideal CPD course for assessors who spend the majority of their days out and about visiting learners.
The Quality Assurance Perspective
Regardless of whether or not you are looking at becoming an IQA, completing an IQA course can help you to become a more highly-skilled assessor. Just by completing the theory-based IQA qualification, you can gain an understanding of how assessment is quality assured. And if you know how to ensure that learners receive high-quality assessments, then you can be the one to put those quality assessments into practice.
It can be hugely beneficial for assessors to be able to look at assessments from a quality assurance perspective. If you are able to do this then you can identify areas of your own assessment practice that requires improvement.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways in which any experienced assessors can benefit from gaining an IQA qualification.
If you are interested in the prospect of completing an Internal Quality Assurance course then you will certainly want to keep a look out for our upcoming IQA site.