October 13, 2021
Being an EQA (External Quality Assurer)
The role of an External Quality Assurer (EQA) is to check that training organisations, colleges and other approved centres are operating to the standards set by their Awarding Organisation. They provide advice and support to these centres, as well as being the main point of contact between centres and the Awarding Organisation. If you’ve ever had somebody come to inspect, check or report on your centre then the person doing this is an EQA.
As such the EQA is a vital part of the whole qualification system. They are at the coalface making sure that the centre’s assessments and internal quality assurance are up to scratch as well as checking that tutors, trainers and assessors are competent and up to date with their work. It’s through the efforts of EQAs that regulated qualifications in the UK retain their reputation and recognition both for employers in the UK and internationally. As a key role in the qualification process, being an External Quality Assurer is a very responsible job – yet it can often be a very rewarding one too.
Many Awarding Organisations have a pool of EQAs who conduct activities at centres they are allocated to, depending on the size of each centre and which qualifications they offer. So, it’s not necessarily a full-time job, as being an EQA could be part-time or on an “as-and-when-required” basis.
Being an EQA has some great advantages:
Making use of your experience – the satisfaction of putting your experience and subject knowledge to good use helping other people achieve high standards. There’s nothing quite like being able to guide and advise others.
Variety – you won’t be stuck in the same office, doing the same things with the same people. An EQA visits a wide variety of centres and meet lots of different people. If you are a ‘people person’ who like interacting with others, this is a great role for you.
Travel – visiting centres of all sorts, from start-ups to the training departments of established blue-chip multinationals. You’ll get to monitor, help and advise a wide range of organisations. You’ll therefore become a key element for all of them.
Flexible work opportunities – being an EQA does not mean you have to do this full-time, you can opt for part-time or occasional hours as required. This is great if you’ve got an existing job, a family or other commitments such as teaching work.
Different employers – as an EQA you don’t have to be tied permanently to a single Awarding Organisation, you can work for several.
What you’ll need to be an EQA:
Subject expertise in your area
Experience teaching and assessing
Knowledge of internal quality assurance (IQA)
A qualification in External Quality Assurance such as the Level 4 Award in External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
The ability to travel
Good communication skills
Self-motivation and good organisation skills
So, get started with training to become an EQA and enjoy an important, interesting career
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