Posted by: CTC Training
If you’re considering a career move, you may have stumbled upon the term ‘IQA’ and wondered what it was, what they do and — of course — how much they earn. Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we answer all of these questions and more to help you discover if an IQA role is right for you.
What is an IQA?
IQA stands for Internal Quality Assurer. These are the individuals tasked with maintaining high-quality standards in educational and training institutions. They ensure the consistent delivery of courses, assess the work of assessors and play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of qualifications. They work behind the scenes to ensure the learning experience is seamless and impactful for every student.
How to Become an IQA
Becoming an IQA requires the right blend of experience, skills and qualifications. There are three different IQA qualifications, each of which provides a different level of responsibility.
- The Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF) is ideal for managers or those who are already qualified but wish to brush up on their IQA knowledge and get a deeper understanding of the role.
- The Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF) is the main qualification to become an internal quality assurer within an organisation. This certificate is recognised across the UK and equips you with the knowledge and skills to monitor assessment processes and practices effectively.
- The Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF) is for those who wish to become the lead internal quality assurer within an organisation. This qualification enables you to lead your own team of IQAs.
What is Involved as Part of the Job?
An IQA’s role can vary from day to day, depending on the needs of the organisation you are working for. Duties can include:
- Checking that assessors meet the requirements for their role
- Planning and preparing monitoring activities
- Working alongside assessors, trainers and employers to ensure the standardisation of assessment practices
- Observing trainer and assessor performance, providing constructive feedback
- Providing support to trainers and assessors
- Sampling assessment records and decisions
- Meeting with learners
- Planning how and when you will monitor trainers and assessors
- Identifying and facilitating best practice throughout the organisation
Average UK Salary
Now, the question you’re all here for. On average, IQAs in the UK earn between £27,000 and £32,500 per year. Of course, the specific salary can vary depending on the location, institution, level of experience and specific job responsibilities. The more experience and qualifications you have, the higher your earning potential.
Benefits of Becoming an IQA
Becoming an IQA isn’t just about the salary, although it’s undoubtedly a great perk. There are many other benefits to consider. First, the role of an IQA offers a great deal of satisfaction. You’re ensuring that learners receive a high-quality education and that their qualifications have true value.
Additionally, there’s plenty of room for career progression. With experience and further qualifications, you could move into a higher-level quality assurance role and become a training manager or even a consultant.
Becoming an IQA is a rewarding career path with a respectable earning potential. If you’re passionate about education, quality assurance and are ready to take on an exciting and impactful role, why not consider becoming an IQA with CTC Training? With our range of courses, we’re here to help you on your journey to becoming an IQA.
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