Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
26-27 Denzille Lane7
About this Organisation:
and Qualifications Ireland was established on 6 November 2012 under the
Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.
The new Authority is being created by an amalgamation of four bodies
that have both awarding and quality assurance responsibilities: the
Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC), the Higher
Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), the National
Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Irish Universities
Quality Board (IUQB). The new Authority assumes all the functions of the
four legacy bodies while also having responsibility for new or
newly-statutory responsibilities in particular areas.
Quality Assurance Services business section is responsible for
fulfilling QQI’s legislative functions as they relate to quality. Its
overall role includes:
- Advising the Minister in relation to national policy on quality assurance and enhancement in education and training
- Reviewing and monitoring the effectiveness of providers’ quality assurance procedures.
- Validating programmes of education and training, and reviewing and monitoring the validated programmes.
awards, delegating authority to make awards where it considers it
appropriate and reviewing and monitoring the operation of the authority
- Authorising the use of the international education mark by a provider that complies with the code of practice.
arrangements for the protection of learners are in place where learners
have begun but not completed a programme of education and training
where a provider ceases to provide the programme before completion.
The Qualifications Services section is responsible for fulfilling QQI’s
legislative functions as they relate to qualifications. Its overall role
- Promoting, maintaining, further developing and implementing the National Framework of Qualifications.
the standards of knowledge, skill or competence to be acquired by
learners before an award can be made by the Authority or by a provider
to which authority to make an award has been delegated.
policies and criteria for access, transfer and progression in relation
to learners, and monitoring the implementation of procedures for access,
transfer and progression in relation to learners by providers.
- Establishing a code of practice for the provision of programmes of education and training to international learners.
maintaining and developing a database providing information on awards
recognised within the Framework, programmes of education and training
which lead to awards recognised within the Framework and any other
programmes the Authority thinks appropriate.
- Co-operating with
international bodies on qualifications and quality assurance policies
and their implementation and in particular to:
(i) Liaise with awarding bodies outside the State for the purposes
of facilitating the recognition in the State of awards of those bodies.
(ii) Facilitate the recognition outside the State of awards made in the State.
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Head of Access and Lifelong Learning