The Path to Becoming an EQA

The Path to Becoming an EQA

1293 views | Emma | 13-01-2023

I find myself constantly giving advice to others who are interested in becoming an External verifier or indeed like myself have a passion for quality. The reason I feel compelled to do this is based on my own experience when starting out. First a bit about myself. I have been involved in quality assurance for the best part of six years. This started with Internal Quality Assurance and eventually led to External Quality Assurance, across several sectors.

Getting a break and becoming an external verifier can be difficult. You need to be persistent, determined and patient. Some people do get lucky, and opportunities can drop into their laps. This is largely dependent on the sector in which they have experience in, or there is a particular shortage of External Quality Assurers within a sector at a particular time. If like me you have a passion and enjoy quality assurance, you will get that opportunity, eventually.

My Journey of Becoming an EQA

My first step was to complete the Level 4 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of External Quality Assurance of Assessment. This is theory based and can be completed providing you have understanding in the quality assurance cycle and the role of the EQA within this.

Having experience of being an Internal Verifier(IQA) was certainly useful, and I drew from this when giving examples within my assignments. With unit 1 completed, I then had to be patient until I got the opportunity to be able to complete the EQA course’s unit 2, the practical implementation of unit 1. This is where things can get frustrating in trying to convince During this time, I was very fortunate in getting the opportunity to complete various External Quality Assurance activities and complete my unit 2: Level 4 Award in the External Quality Assurance of Assessment with an Awarding Organisation, a temporary position, however my foot was still in the door. I had a ball collating all of the evidence for my practical unit, carrying out various sampling and related EQA activities with two centres, first with my mentor, then on my own.an Awarding Organisation or AO, to allow you to carry out External Verifier duties on their behalf. 

Whilst I waited, I emailed every AO who offered qualifications, related to my sectors’ expertise. My enquiries to AOs consisted of endless covering letters with countless CVs. At one point I was sending 52 emails a day to various Awarding Organisations. Each day, every day – this is where persistency comes in.

During this time, I was very fortunate in getting the opportunity to complete various External Quality Assurance activities and complete my unit 2: Level 4 Award in the External Quality Assurance of Assessment with an Awarding Organisation, a temporary position, however my foot was still in the door. I had a ball collating all of the evidence for my practical unit, carrying out various sampling and related EQA activities with two centres, first with my mentor, then on my own. 

On successful completion of the EQA qualification, I continued to pester AOs looking for any hint of an offer, and yes it did come eventually. I found having unit 2 under my belt was key, however with that said, I also know that some AO’s do employ on the basis of unit 1, providing the employee then completes unit 2 with them.

I am glad to say my persistence has paid off, most likely because the Awarding Organisations were sick of my emails, however I have been working as an EQA for just over 3 years now with several AOs and loving every bit of it.

Mark Bresland,

Tutor / Training Manager, ELN The e-Learning Network.

 

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