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Internal Quality Assurance Qualifications (IQA)

The role of an Internal Verifier, now known as Internal Quality Assurance (IQA), is to quality assure the decisions made by assessors about the quality of work produced by learners. IQAs often work within training companies and can be employed or work freelance. It is possible to Internally Quality Assure for a number of training organisations. IQAs are an essential link between training organisations and Awarding Organisations. It is the IQA’s role to prepare portfolios for external quality assurance when requested and to ensure that all work produced (from learners and assessors) meets the national standards of the Regulatory Curriculum Framework (RCF). IQAs must keep records of standardisation meetings and be on hand to provide support and guidance for their assessors.

Before you enrol onto an IQA course you will need to identify the most appropriate unit(s) to meet your specific needs. If you are in any doubt as to which one(s) to choose, please complete the enquiry form and we will be happy to advise you.

There are three units at level 4 in this suite of qualifications. Just like the assessor qualifications, it depends on what your job role, or intended job role requires. The first is purely knowledge-based and the other two are performance units and they may be studied in any order.

Unit Descriptions

Unit Descriptions

Unit 4
Understanding the Principles and practices of internally insuring the quality of assessment. (6 credits)

This is a knowledge-based unit and is ideal for new and existing internal quality assurers or anyone who wishes to know more about being an IQA but does not need to quality assure activities. It is a mandatory unit for all of the IQA qualifications and is a qualification in its own right.

Unit 5
Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment.

This is a performance units for anyone who internally quality assures the work of assessors, for example observing practice, sampling decisions and providing support and advice. It can be achieved in any environment by internally quality assuring qualifications, programmes of learning or workplace competence.

Unit 8
Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Responsibility.

This is a performance unit for anyone who leads the IQA process within an organisations, of example, co-ordinating the work of other IQAs. The role will include having the responsibility for managing the quality and performance of assessors and/or other IQAs. Developing systems and liaising with external inspectors might also be part of the role.

Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice

Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is intended for those who maintain and improve the quality of assessment from within an organisation or assessment centre.

How long will it take?
The total qualification time for this qualification is 120 hours and of this 90 hours are recommended as guided learning hours.

Awarding Body
Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC)

What is required to pass?
Successful completion of Unit 4 - Understanding the Principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment and Unit 5 - Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment.

Assessment method
This qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence.

How is the course delivered?
A one-day workshop will cover the required knowledge and practice of internal quality assurance. Once completed you will be required to complete an assignment and then demonstrate Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) practice.

Course requirements
The Candidate Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) must have access to at least two qualified assessors, each with a minimum of two learners of their own, that they are accessing through a qualification. You will be required to arrange a meeting with your accredited assessor in the workplace and you will also need to arrange for a qualified IQA to countersign your internal quality assurance decisions. 

You will have a further 6-8 months to complete your assignment and collect your performance evidence following your attendance. 

Course Fee
£790 (£190 deposit to secure your place followed by 6 monthly payments of £100).

How to register for further information:
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Level 4 Certificate in Leading in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Process and Practice

Level 4 Certificate in Leading in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Process and Practice

Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is intended for those who lead a team of internal quality assurance staff.

How long will it take?
The total qualification time for this qualification is 170 hours and of this 115 hours are recommended as guided learning hours.

Awarding Body
Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC)

What is required to pass?
Successful completion of Unit 4 - Understanding the Principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment and Unit 5 - Internally Assure the Quality of Assessment and Unit 8 - Plan, Allocate and Monitor Work in Own Area of Responsibility.

Assessment method
This qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence.

How is the course delivered?
A one-day workshop will cover the required knowledge and practice of leading internal quality assurance. Once completed you will be required to complete an assignment and then demonstrate leading Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) practice.

Course requirements
The Candidate Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) must have access to at least two qualified assessors, each with a minimum of two learners of their own, that they are accessing through a qualification as well as also demonstrating evidence that they lead and support a team of assessor in the workplace. You will be required to arrange a meeting with your accredited assessor in the workplace and you will also need to arrange for a qualified IQA to countersign your internal quality assurance decisions.  Ideally you will be have been internally verifying performance for at least six months.

You will have a further 6-8 months to complete your assignment and collect your performance evidence following your attendance. 

Course Fee
£890 (£190 deposit to secure your place followed by 7 monthly payments of £100).

How to register for further information:
Call 020 3873 9009 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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