What is the TAQA qualification?
The TAQA qualification is not one but a suite of qualifications. It is designed for individuals involved in training, assessing, and verifying vocational qualifications and training programs.
What does the TAQA qualification stand for?
TAQA is an acronym for Training, Assessment, and Quality Assurance qualifications. This was originally a term used by City & Guilds for their Education & Training, Assessment, and IQA suite. However, now it has become a more widely-used term to denote the Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance courses, especially the newer versions of these qualifications, which were updated in 2015. The new TAQA courses have replaced the old Assessor A1 and Verifier V1 qualifications.
What is the difference between TAQA Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications?
The level 3 and level 4 qualification in TAQA consists of both awards and certificates. These qualifications are a mix of both competence and knowledge-based units.
The Level 3 TAQA qualification consists of units that can qualify you to become an assessor and understand assessments. You will have to learn both competence and knowledge-based units. It is ultimately your choice which qualification suits you best.
The Level 4 TAQA qualification enables you to understand internal quality assurance and qualifies you to become an internal quality assurer (IQA). You can choose from theory-only or competence-based units, whichever works best for the progress you seek in your career.
Why complete the TAQA Qualification?
TAQA qualifications can lead to career advancement opportunities. Whether you are already teaching or getting into teaching, adding on the Assessor and IQA courses can boost your CV and widen your scope within any educational organisation.
The best thing about both these qualifications is that they are applicable to all sectors and levels within post-compulsory education in the UK and abroad. This includes apprenticeships and functional skills courses in the UK.
Courses in the Level 3 TAQA assessor qualification
There are 3 units in the TAQA Assessor courses that can be combined in different combinations to make qualifications, as detailed below:
Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment. (Unit 1 Only)
This theory-only unit enables you to gain a theoretical understanding of assessment. You can also merge this unit with the Level 4 CET qualification to understand the assessment aspects better.
An ideal course if you assess workers on the job. In the assignment methods of this TAQA assessor award, you can submit graded observations, witness testimony, professional discussion, work-based evidence, etc.
In this course, you can assess learners in a classroom setting and not on the job. This is what makes it different from the AOC qualification. Assessment methods for this TAQA assessor qualification include tests, exams, observations, demonstrations, presentations, portfolio assignments, etc.
Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (Unit 1, 2 & 3)
The CAVA qualification combines the above awards therefore, you are able to assess learners in the workplace and the classroom. This TAQA assessor qualification is also known as the Lead Assessor certificate.
What are the types of assignments in the TAQA’s Level 3 qualification?
For your TAQA Level 3 qualification, you will be given essay-style assignments for the theory knowledge unit. Work documents will be used as evidence also to meet the assessment criteria for the practical units. Your work documents would generally include Initial assessment paperwork, assessment plans, different assessment methods, assessment evidence and records, feedback, and self-evaluation.
Courses in TAQA Level 4 IQA Qualification
The two units combinations and one entire course available in the TAQA level 4 suite of qualifications are:
This TAQA level 4 qualification is ideal if you want to study the theoretical knowledge of internal verification or IQA processes. Therefore, it doesn’t require any experience or access to work-based evidence.
Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment (Unit 1 & 2)
in order to be an internal verifier, this TAQA course is your qualification. This TAQA level 4 course enables you to verify, sample, and also support assessors in your specialist area.
Level 4 Certificate in Leading IQA - Lead Verifier Course (Units 1,2 & 3)
This full IQA lead certificate not only enables you to become a lead quality assurer in your organisation, you will also manage and support other IVs in your organisation. In this position, you would also be responsible for your organisation’s quality assurance policies and processes, managing compliance and awarding body visits and requirements.
What are the types of assignments in the TAQA’s Level 4 qualification?
For your level 4 TAQA qualification, you will be given essay-style assignments. You can present those assignments in the format of tables too. Furthermore, you will provide an internal quality assurance plan, general quality assurance/verification evidence, IQA observation feedback and report, and evidence of management of all IQA data and standardisation. You would need a plan(s) showing monitoring and standardisation of at least two other internal verifiers and the evidence of communication and reporting.
How much do the Level 3 and Level 4 TAQA courses cost?
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- Lead Assessor Certificate (CAVA) £490
- Workplace Assessor Course (AOC) £375
- Classroom Assessor Course (AVS) £375
- Level 3 Award in Understanding Assessment £225
- L4 Certificate in Leading IQA £490
- L4 Award in IQA (Units 1&2) £390
- L4 Award in Understanding IQA of Assessment £195
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What is the salary of a Level 3 TAQA assessor and Level 4 TAQA verifier?
- TAQA Assessor £18.97 an hour
- Vocational Trainer Assessor in Machining £24,480 - £29,196 a year
- External Regional Assessor £20 an hour
- Lecturer/Assessor in Electrical Installation £30 an hour
- Sessional Health & Social Care Tutor/Assessors £25.52 - £26.82 an hour
- Quality Manager £39,750 a year
- Assessment, Verification & Accreditation Coordinator £26,865 - £28,725 a year