The Benefits of Completing Your IQA Qualification
IQA (Internal Quality Assurance) is an essential aspect of the education and training sector. Becoming an Assessor will give you many job prospects, but if you are looking for more career progression, an IQA may be the perfect role for you. There are three main benefits of becoming an IQA which we will run through in more detail throughout this blog.
Better Job Prospects
Completing an IQA qualification can improve your chances of finding a job in the education and training sector. Employers prefer to hire individuals who have the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out internal quality assurance. An IQA qualification demonstrates that you are equipped with the relevant competencies and can contribute to improving the quality of teaching and learning.
An IQA qualification can also boost your confidence in your abilities. It gives you a clear understanding of your role and responsibilities as an internal quality assurer. You will be able to identify and address any issues that may arise during assessment and training delivery. This can help you to feel more confident in your ability to provide high-quality support to colleagues.
The average salary of an assessor is around £27,000, so for a more qualified person looking to become an IQA you are looking at a salary in the region of £23,000 – £35,000. Not only will you receive more money at the end of the month, but IQAs can become more valuable within the company.
By having this extra qualification you will be able to cover two different roles within the organisation; saving the business money in the long run. You may well be offered a pay rise following the completion of your IQA course.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
We always try to stress the importance of keeping your CPD up to date as an assessor, to expand upon your existing knowledge and skills. Even if you are not sure whether you want to become an IQA, by completing the theory-based IQA qualification you will become a better assessor.
Completing an IQA qualification can also help you enhance your professional development. It provides you with a deeper understanding of the processes involved in internal quality assurance. You will learn how to plan, evaluate, and improve assessment and training delivery. This knowledge can be applied to your work and help you to perform your duties more effectively.
The Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice is a great course to add to your CPD record. An added benefit of this course is that it is completely online. Making it perfect for assessors who spend large proportions of their day visiting learners.
The Quality Assurance Perspective
One of the primary benefits of completing an IQA qualification is that it can improve the quality of assessment and training delivery within an organisation. As an internal quality assurer, you will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the quality of assessment and training. You will be able to identify areas for improvement and implement changes that can enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
Even if you are not looking to become a full-time Internal Quality Assurer; completing an IQA course will help you to become a highly qualified assessor. By gaining an insight into how assessments are quality assured, you can pass this knowledge onto your learners. It will also give you the skills to identify any weaker areas of your own assessment practice, and improve these accordingly.
We hope that this has given you a good insight into why an IQA qualification is beneficial to any assessor. Whether you are looking to progress up the career ladder or just become a better assessor, an IQA qualification is a great thing to have on your CV. If you would like any further information please feel free to contact us on 01205 805 155.
Steve is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
He provides Educational Consultancy to the 19+ sector as well as being an Assessor, IQA, EPA and Digital Marketing Professional. When not doing any of these he finds time, every now and then, to write blogs and articles.