Training as a PFE Inspector

Training as a PFE Inspector

PFE inspectors are assessed for suitability before being accepted for training. To be suitable for training as a PFE inspector you should have:

  • experience of teaching and managing within a language school or further education or work-based learning context, privately or publicly funded
  • subject specialism or a background in the management of cross-college services – for example: finance, estates, human resources, quality assurance, learner services, additional learner support
  • experience as an inspector, quality assurance manager, contracts manager, compliance manager or similar
  • a degree or relevant qualification (such as a Certificate in FE, PGCE, DTLSS, DELTA)
  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent organisational skills
  • an ability to analyse a wide range of evidence in order to make relevant judgements in a short space of time
  • IT competence
  • a commitment to high levels of customer service
  • an ability and willingness to undertake working away from home

The process for becoming a PFE inspector is usually to attend and pass:

  • an initial two-day training course with assessed pre- and during course tasks
  • safeguarding training

Ongoing training
PFE inspectors are required to attend regular ongoing training to ensure they are kept up to date with inspection changes. This normally consists of an annual update training conference (usually in November) – and additional update training for Lead Inspectors (usually in the summer). 

As the number of inspectors required by ISI depends on variable inspection demands, the ISI Training Department is unable to publish specific dates when ISI will be recruiting inspectors for Educational Oversight. However, if you are interested in training to be a PFE inspector and would like to register your interest, please email