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 […]



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September 15, 2021

New course launched – Level 4 Lead IQA

We’ve just launched a new course, the Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF) which we’re offering through City & Guilds. It’s a great course to take if you’re going to be managing or supervising IQAs (Internal Quality Assurers). This is because it covers not only all […]



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September 7, 2021

An EQA visit

“…the assessment strategy has been fully complied with and the assessment team had implemented a robust and effective assessment process.” Making sure we have good people doing good work are the foundations of the Carlton Training operations. This certainly shows up not just in customer satisfaction but also inspections like this on behalf of awarding […]



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June 21, 2021

What’s the difference between an Assessor and an IQA?

You might have wondered what the difference is between an Assessor and IQA. Assessors and Internal Quality Assurers (IQAs) are both involved with learners and qualifications. They both make sure things are done to set standards. They also both keep records and notes of what they do. So you won’t be surprised that there are […]



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February 24, 2021

Why should I take an Assessor qualification?

Why should I take an Assessor qualification? If you’ve heard people talking about being an assessor and thought about doing this yourself you might be wondering if you really need to take an Assessor qualification.  After all, you’re probably experienced and/or qualified in your industry and know what you’re doing, so why get an additional […]



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January 28, 2021

Which IQA qualification should I take?

If you’re thinking about becoming an Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) you’re basically going to have a role as your organisations’ quality assurance specialist.  This is a really important role as it’s the IQA who can often make or break a centres’ chances of getting approval to offer a qualification, and also getting candidates through to […]



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January 4, 2021

GLH, RQF, TQT, EQA, IQA – a confusing bunch of letters!

If you’re looking at taking a training course which leads to a proper, recognised, qualification then you’ve probably noticed that the whole area is rife with acronyms, initials and odd little three-letter addendums.  You’re certainly not alone if you think that these are confusing, inconsistent and, well, generally a pain to deal with. We’re talking […]



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December 21, 2020

Online training – is it worthwhile?

Online training has come a long way in recent years, indeed the uptake for online training, or e-learning, worldwide is shortly due to pass those of traditional face-to-face courses. But how does it compare with traditional bricks and mortar learning? To consider whether any training is truly worthwhile we really have to consider three things:1. […]



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November 30, 2020

What does Occupational Competence mean?

Put simply it means having up to date knowledge and skills in your subject area, ie those things you want to teach or assess. And you have to be able to prove this, and there are two main ways to prove Occupational Competence – experience and qualifications. 1. Experience The most common way to achieve […]



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March 3, 2020

How much work is it to achieve my Assessor award?

You might be thinking of going for the Level 3 CAVA Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. (It’s the qualification that enables Assessors to work in any assessment environment using a range of assessment methods) If so you’ll certainly have to do some work. It’s a professional qualification and these things aren’t given away for free […]



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