What is an IQA Qualification?

What is an IQA Qualification?

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In Education and Training, there are two main concepts of Quality Assurance: Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) and External Quality Assurance (EQA). Internal Quality Assurance ensures that the assessors and teachers make valid, authentic, current, sufficient, and reliable (VACSR) assessment decisions. External Quality Assurance is carried out through an awarding body to support and help maintain robust IQA systems and processes.

If you have a passion for quality and want to go beyond IQA into becoming an External Verifier, then you should read about the Path to becoming an EQA by our Tutor, Mark Bresland. 

The Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) qualification is a part of our TAQA suite of courses. Our IQA qualification will qualify you to monitor and evaluate the quality of training and learning processes in your specialist area. You will be able to implement quality processes and ensure that the learning meets the awarding bodies and organisation's standards and requirements. 

Where can I get the IQA course online?

In order to get your IQA qualification, you must look for an institute verified by the awarding bodies. ELN The e-Learning Network offers a variety of IQA courses

If you want to learn the theoretical knowledge of IQA principles, IQA Unit 1 works just fine. This is specially easy for you if you do not work as an IQA or internal verifier and do not have access to the work evidence required for Unit 2. This award is also suitable for becoming and IQA for security training companies.

You can complete your main IQA qualification through the L4 Award in IQA (Units 1&2). This online IQA qualification is suitable for individuals looking to monitor, support and verify the work of assessors in their subject specialism. 

If you lead a team of IQAs and are responsible for your organisation’s quality management systems, then the 3-unit Level 4 Lead IQA  Certificate is best for you. An internal quality assurer evaluates the assessors in their specialist area and a Lead IQA monitors and allocates work to the other IQAs. Lead IQA would also have overall responsibility for compliance and monitoring of the systems and practices of their organisation.

The award and certificate courses described above are NVQ qualifications and are accredited by Pearson Edexcel and NOCN. 

To find out which quality assurance course suits you best, you can take this QUIZ.

Our qualifications are recognised throughout the UK and all over the world. Our online and self-paced courses give you an IQA in your own time and leisure. 

How long does the IQA qualification take?

Internal Quality assurance is integral to any educational institute’s training and assessment program. We give you 6 months to complete the 2-unit Internal Verifier course, but as it is entirely online and self-paced, you may do it as soon as you like. For the majority of our students, this means 2-4 weeks. Your tutor will help you submit all of your coursework online, and we can watch you work online or assign a colleague who meets the qualifications to do it.

Who is the IQA course for?

The IQA qualification helps you become a quality assurer if you want to ensure the quality of assessments in your workplace. If you are an assessor, the IQA course helps you upgrade and become an internal verifier. The Lead IQA course enables you to lead the centre’s overall IQA systems as well as monitor and support other IQAs in the organisation. 

You can be from any industry like health and social care, early years, beauty, private security, construction etc, and you can internally verify according to your competence in that area.  

What is the role of an Internal Quality Assurer?

IQAs are responsible for the IQA systems and processes within an educational institute and are also known as Internal Quality Assurers. Their role is to ensure that an assessor knows what they seek when conducting an assessment. All decisions must ultimately be evaluated against the set standards, which help ensure consistent decision-making by one or more assessors. This is also known as Standardisation.

Furthermore, the methods of assessment must be capable of producing correct, valid data from learners. 

Internal Quality Assurer Salary

The salary for an Internal Quality Assurer in the UK can vary depending on experience, qualifications, and location. According to job market data, the average salary for an IQA in the UK is around £27,000 to £35,000 per year. However, this can increase to over £40,000 for those with more experience and higher qualifications.

Benefits of IQA qualification to your career

An IQA (Internal Quality Assurance) qualification can benefit your career in many ways. You are gaining competence in quality assurance methods, improving your communication abilities, and upgrading your skills in your field. 

In conclusion, our IQA course is valuable for those seeking to monitor the quality of education and training in their organisations.

Are you interested to learn more about becoming an IQA? Listen to our tutors discuss this topic in detail in our podcast ELN Ed Chat for resourceful and beneficial discussions on related topics.

Check out our IQA courses and progress in your career today. Contact Us to discuss your IQA journey. 


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