The Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice was introduced when the old V1 course was withdrawn. This course will enable you to become a qualified NVQ Internal Verifier or Quality Assurer. The qualification also acknowledges you are a qualified lead Verifier, leading a team, which can be other verifiers, assessors, and other practitioners. The course enables you to moderate any courses you are occupationally competent.
You are usually expected to complete this course within 2 to 10 weeks depending on your enrolment. The course has a 115 hours guided learning requirement. The total qualification time for the course is 170 hours.
One of the questions you should ask your self to better understand the purpose of this qualification is why moderate? Quality Assurers are the gatekeeper to qualifications. They ensure that good practice has taken place. This involves supporting assessors and other staff, ensuring there are adequate resources. You will also be responsible that your organisation is working inline with the condition of registration with awarding bodies.
Quality Assurers are expected to have leadership and management skills. This qualification is streamlined along this line where you are expected to demonstrating leading a team for the third unit. To fully achieve the unit, you are expected to evidence leading your team through a project management activity. There should be a clear action plan which you should devise, monitor and adjust when necessary. Evidence of clear communication with your team will be expected.
Quality Assurers are tasked with having the skill base, which will help them to embrace assessment theories, and characteristics, which are grouped as stages, forms and methods. Quality Assurers should be able to use both formal and informal methods. This includes being the link between the awarding body and your organisation. You might also find yourself as a point of reference when it comes to appeals and complaints.
The internal quality assurance process is at the heart of the heart of the auditing system. If you are externally audited by awarding bodings or organisations providing funding this is where you ensure the terms of your registration or contract are maintained. Whenever an external body comes to audit your processes they are checking if you remain compliant.
Internal quality assurance also upholds and defends the integrity of qualifications. If internal quality did not take place it would be possible for standards to fall as assessors could be working at different standards. There will also be the potential of abuse, which might result in candidates who are unsuitable or not competent achieving qualifications. The quality assurance process tries to bring credibility by auditing the assessment process.
Whenever there is an effective system in place areas that require improving will easily be picked which might end up resulting with your candidates having a good learning experience. Good learning experience might mean that they feel comfortable passing your details by word of mouth, which also results in good business.
This essential part of the quality cycle should therefore not be taken or viewed as a tick box exercise. Awarding bodies will also reward your efforts by awarding Direct Claims Status. If you are also regulated by Ofsted they will also give you a good rating which has a big influence on the status of your organisation.