FETAC (QQI) FAQ

1. How will a FETAC (QQI) award benefit me?
2. Where can I get a FETAC (QQI) award?
3. Where is my closest programme leading to a FETAC (QQI) award located?
4. How much will it cost me?
5. What is the certification cost?
6. Does FETAC (QQI) offer grants to learners?
7. How can I use my FETAC (QQI) award to progress to 3rd level?
8. Are FETAC (QQI) awards open to non-EU citizens?
9. Can I get a replacement certificate if I have lost the original?
10. How do I get my Irish qualification recognised for work or further study when travelling abroad?
11. What is CAS?
12. Who makes CAS awards?
13. What about awards that are not part of CAS?
14. What happens to my FETAC awards when FETAC is dissolved?



 1. How will a FETAC (QQI) award benefit me?

A: FETAC (QQI) awards:

 • are quality assured 
 • are nationally and internationally recognised 
 • offer access to further and higher education and training opportunities 
 • are recognised by employers
 
All FETAC (QQI) awards are part of the new inclusive National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), developed by the Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) . This Framework brings greater clarity to the Irish education and training system, making it possible for learners, employers and providers to understand and compare different types of qualifications. All FETAC (QQI) awards already have a specific placing on the national framework between levels 1 and 6, allowing FETAC (QQI) award holders to progress more easily within the system.

Employers will also recognise your abilities and skills because FETAC (QQI) awards are quality assured.

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 2. Where can I get a FETAC (QQI) award?

A: For details of where you can do a programme leading to a FETAC (QQI) award, please refer to http://www.qualifax.ie/ and also FETAC (QQI) Searchable Database.

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 3. Where is my closest programme leading to a FETAC (QQI) award located?

A: With over 1,200 centres offering programmes leading to FETAC (QQI) awards, you are bound to find a course provider near you. Please refer to http://www.qualifax.ie/ for course search facility and also FETAC (QQI) Searchable Database. Application is directly to the provider.

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 4. How much will it cost me?

A: FETAC (QQI) is an awarding body and therefore does not determine the cost of any of their providers courses. See Search for Course Provider Details and request an admissions booklet which will give you full details of tuition fees and other expected costs. Course entry is by direct application to the centre of your choice.  FETAC (QQI) charges for certification only. To find out more about fees and eligibility requirements for free fees see www.studentfinance.ie .

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 5. What is the certification cost?

A: FETAC (QQI) has reviewed its fee structure in order to make the charges more transparent to the providers and their learners. FETAC (QQI) will now charge for the certificate issued for each eligible learner. This is the only charge FETAC (QQI) makes to learners.

Centres are invoiced for certification costs. Where a learner is eligible for a component certificate (s) a simple charge i.e. €20 applies regardless of the number of minors achieved.

There are 2 charges depending on the award achieved and the certificate issued:

• major certificates €50

• component/specific purpose/supplemental certificates €20

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 6. Does FETAC (QQI) offer grants to learners?

A: FETAC (QQI) does not provide funding for individual learners or courses.  We would suggest you contact the Department of Education & Skills directly and also your local County/ City Council and ask to speak to someone in the Education Grants section.  In addition, information on financial support for further and higher education is available at http://www.studentfinance.ie/ or Student Universal Support Ireland http://www.susi.ie/

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 7. How can I use my FETAC (QQI) award to progress to 3rd level?

A: Many learners complete Post Leaving Certificate or Further Education and Training courses leading to FETAC (QQI) awards with the specific intention of using their award to progress to 3rd level through a system known as the Higher Education Links Scheme.  This scheme has been in existence for almost a decade.

Applicants must submit their third level applications to the CAO by 1st February in the year in which they are applying. Detailed information is available on http://www.cao.ie/ . In July, FETAC (QQI) results are issued to the CAO. Details of how applicants are assessed vary somewhat between 3rd level institutions but all information can be found on http://www.cao.ie/ . A new scoring system for your FETAC (QQI) awards applies from 2013. Click here . Please note: Universities and some Higher Education Institutions offer places from a reserved quota. In general, Institutes of Technology offer places from a list ranking FETAC (QQI) achievements with other candidates who apply based on the Leaving Certificate.

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 8. Are FETAC (QQI) awards open to non-EU citizens?

A: FETAC (QQI) is an awarding body and will provide certification for all successful learners put forward by further education and training providers who have agreed quality assurance arrangements. The entry requirements for a course are determined by the course provider. Students whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate that they have the minimum required standard of English prior to joining the course. To check your capacity to participate in a programme, talk to the adult guidance service, your provider or view "Information for Learners: Guidelines for Providers" to assess yourself by clicking here .

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 9. Can I get a replacement certificate if I have lost my original FETAC (QQI) award?

A: FETAC (QQI) does not issue replacement certificates but it is possible to receive a Record of Awards. In the event of you misplacing or losing your FETAC (QQI) certificate, you may apply to FETAC (QQI) for a Record of Awards. Application form for Record of Awards .

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 10. How do I get my Irish qualification recognised for work or further study when travelling abroad?

A: For information and advice on travelling abroad with your Irish qualification, whether for work or for further study, please consult the Quality & Qualifications Ireland's information leaflet Travelling with your Irish Qualification .

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 11. What is CAS?

A: A new national qualification system for further education and training has been introduced across further education and training in Ireland. Known as CAS or the ‘common awards system,’ programmes leading to these awards are increasingly being offered to learners. CAS awards are part of a national commitment to the highest quality experience for you when you take on a course or programme.

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 12. Who makes CAS awards?

A: FETAC (QQI) makes CAS awards. By 2014 all FETAC (QQI) awards will be part of CAS. This makes it easier for you to understand your award and to move between programmes of education and training getting recognition for your learning.

FETAC is being amalgamated with HETAC, the IUQB and the NQAI into Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). Awards will continue to be made by the new agency. The new agency is responsible for maintaining, developing and promoting the National Framework of Qualifications.

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 13. What about awards that are not part of CAS?

A: By December 2013, all FETAC (QQI) registered providers offering validated programmes leading to FETAC (QQI) awards, will only use awards that are part of CAS. The existing awards, recognisable by different codes, will cease to be offered. Programmes should lead to awards in one system or the other.

Until December 2014, minor awards that are not part of CAS can be used as exemptions within CAS major, special purpose and supplemental awards provided the minor ‘fits’ with the structure of the award. The programme provider manages this process according to FETAC (QQI) requirements click here  

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 14. What happens to my FETAC awards when FETAC is dissolved?

A: Any award that is on the National Framework of Qualifications continues to be recognised because it continues to signify achievement of learning at a particular level on the framework.

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