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Internal Quality

Level 4 Award in the internal quality assurance of assessment processes and practice

Are you a clinical aesthetic practitioner, educator and or assessor?

Are you interested in moving into internal quality assurance within the sector? If so, this qualification is for you.

Successful completion of the MAP-IQ route to qualification will allow you to conduct internal quality assurance of the assessment process for regulated sector qualifications.

The VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 award in the internal quality assurance of assessment processes and practice is an OFQUAL regulated practical-based qualification designed for those who wish to conduct internal quality assurance. The MAP-IQ route to qualification has been purposely designed to support practitioners who conduct IQA activities in non-surgical cosmetic (NSC) education and training.

Regardless of geographical location, the qualification is inclusive to all, as all learning and assessment is conducted completely online, meaning there is no need to leave your home or place of work to achieve the qualification. 

RPEL Route to Qualification

RPEL learners who can evidence comparable qualifications, and or previous learning and experience in internal quality assurance can undertake the RPEL route to qualification. Following registration RPEL learners can choose to complete the knowledge-based assignment or undertake a mapping exercise with a MAP-IQ assessor to evidence how they meet the knowledge-based learning outcomes for Unit 1. The mapping exercise will consist of an online two-way professional discussion.  Following successful completion, learners can claim exemption from undertaking the written assignment for Unit 1 and proceed directly to the practical skills assessment.

Learners can progress through the learning material and assessment stages independently. Depending on learner commitment and motivation the qualification can be completed in weeks or up to 6 months. Edit 

MAP-IQ aims to support practitioners’ who wish to progress to an internal quality assurance through the achievement of a regulated qualification.

There are two units that make up the VTCT Level 4 Award in the internal quality assurance of assessment processes and practice. However, the MAP-IQ route to qualification consists of an additional learning to support IQA’s working in non-surgical cosmetic practice.

  • Unit 1: Understanding the principles and practice of internally quality assuring the quality of assessment. 
  • Unit 2: Internally assure the quality of assessment. 
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QUALIFICATION TITLE: Level 4 Award in the internal quality assurance of assessment processes and practice.


ROUTE: Online: Learning and assessment is conducted completely online.

ASSESSMENT:  Pass or Fail



PROGRESSION:  Progression to the role of external quality assurer (EQA).

DURATION : Weeks or up to 12 months (Flexible). 

There are two assessments for this qualification:

1. You are required to complete a written assignment to evidence knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of IQA (Unit 1) or attend a Mapping Exercise to evidence competency through previous comparable qualifications, training  and or experience. 

2. You are required to conduct IQA sampling activities of the assessment process for two assessors (Unit 2). 


There is no specific entry requirement to apply for the level 4 IQA Award, however, you should be occupationally competent in the area you intend to undertake IQA activities and have an assessor qualification or documented assessment experience. 

For those wishing to progress to the role of  an IQA’ for an approved centre offering  regulated non-surgical cosmetic/aesthetic qualifications, it should be noted that you will require a regulated qualification in non-surgical cosmetic/aesthetic practice to evidence occupational competence, this will need to be at the same level or above to that you will be internally quality assuring. 

Level 4 IQA Award with a specific focus on NSC practice is:  £695.00 (Inc) 

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