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Quality control assistant

Alternative titles for this job include Quality control technician, quality assurance inspector

Quality control assistants check that control systems and products meet recognised standards.

Average salary (a year)

£12,500 Starter


£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

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How to become

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How to become a quality control assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies


You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree, which includes quality control options, for example:

  • production management
  • business and management
  • manufacturing engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Direct Application

You could apply directly for jobs if you have a a lot of experience in other areas, like engineering or health and safety.

Other Routes

You can get relevant qualifications through the Chartered Quality Institute, and as part of management courses with the Chartered Management Institute.

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Career tips

Some knowledge of British quality standards and working methods will be useful when applying for jobs in quality control.

Further information

You can find out more about working in quality control through the Chartered Quality Institute.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you may:

  • deal with customer feedback and complaints
  • assess and rate suppliers
  • design, review and update quality control policies
  • train new staff
  • produce reports

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory, in a factory or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience and training you could move into supervisory, management or research jobs.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Quality Practitioner - Governance Administrator Apprentice, band 2

  • Wage: £17,690.00 - £19,946.00 Annually
  • Location: Wolverhampton

Quality Practitioner Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £13,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Wigan

Courses In England

TAQA Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes - L4 (Unit 403/703)

  • Start date: 16 May 2022
  • Location: PRESTON

Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice - Level 4 Award

  • Start date: 17 January 2022
  • Location: Hampshire

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