What is an IQA Qualification?
The role of an IQA is to ensure assessment is consistent and fair across all learners. To become an IQA, you need an IQA qualification. There are three different types of IQA qualification which will allow you to carry out different job roles. Here is an overview of each qualification:
This is the highest level IQA qualification, and is often referred to as the ‘Lead IQA qualification’. The course is delivered with a mixture of online study and one practical training day. This qualification will enable you to quality assure qualifications, write IQA policies and procedures, manage other IQAs, and also manage the IQA processes for a training centre.
The Level 4 Award is the equivalent to the old Internal Verifiers qualification; which is a much easier name to remember! In essence, it gives you the skills you need to provide quality assurance of assessments and assessment decisions. You would not be able to be a centre lead with this qualification though, as it is more about giving you the skills to plan internal quality as opposed to enforcing it.
This qualification is a single unit, and is the most basic IQA qualification. It does not qualify you to internally quality assure assessment; but it does give you the theory and understanding behind internal quality assurance. This course is great for updating your CPD record, as it is a theory-based qualification. If you are a manager looking to gain a better understanding of the quality assurance process, this is the course for you.
What is the role of an IQA?
An IQA qualification is great if you are looking to move up your career ladder into either a supervisory or managerial role. They should help to boost your career prospects, no matter what level you are currently at. By becoming an IQA this means that you are able to ‘wear more hats’ within an organisation. If you are an Assessor already, not only will you be able to carry out assessments, but you will also be able to support other assessors and quality assure their work.
The benefits of distance learning mean that you can study an IQA qualification in the comfort of your own home. As our courses have no start or end dates, you can work more flexibly, at a pace that suits you. Our tutors are always on hand to provide you with support 24/7 though, so you won’t be left without help.
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.