QQI Awards - FAQs

 1. How will a QQI award benefit me?

2. Does QQI offer grants to learners?

3. Can I get a replacement certificate if I lost my original award?

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

5. What is CAS?

6. What happens to my old FETAC and HETAC awards now that those organisations have been dissolved?

7. How do I know if a course is accredited by QQI?

8. What is a delegated authority?

 

 1. How will a QQI award benefit me?

A: All Quality and Qualifications Ireland (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 QQI awards are part of the new inclusive National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), developed by 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 QQI awards already have a specific placing on the national framework between levels 1 and 10, allowing QQI award holders to progress more easily within the system.

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

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 2. Does QQI offer grants to learners?

A: 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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 3. Can I get a replacement certificate (FET) if I have lost my original award?

A: 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 QQI certificate, you may apply to QQI for a Record of Awards by filling out a form available on the QQI website.

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

A: For information and advice about your Irish qualification, whether for work or for further study, please consult the website at NARIC which is hosted by Quality and Qualifications Ireland.

You should also access your Europass Diploma Supplement (higher education) from your college or the Europass Certificate Supplement from the QQI awards pages. For more information see  Europass Certificate Supplement and  Europass Diploma Supplement

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 5. What is CAS?

A: The CAS (Common Awards System) is a system of linked FET (Further Education and Training) awards specifications at NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) Levels 1 to 6 inclusive.  The CAS specifications include the awards standards to be achieved before an award is made.  The awards standards are expressed as minimum expected learning outcomes.  These reflect the knowledge, skills and competence to be achieved by the learner before the award is made.  There are around 1,600 active awards specifications in the CAS.  Detailed information about FET standards forming part of the CAS are available in QSearch.

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 6. What happens to my old FETAC and HETAC awards now that those organisations have been 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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 7. How do I know if a course is accredited by QQI?

A: This type of information is usually available on the accreditation page of the course provider website. However, if you are still in some doubt about a particular course, contact the provider directly to check.

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 8. What is a delegated authority?

A: Delegation of Authority allows a provider validate its own programmes and make awards at designated levels of the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) subject to QQI’s approval. Providers with delegated authority from QQI are awarding bodies in their own right.

The   Qualifications and Quality Assurance Act (2012) permits the extension of delegated authority to private providers of higher education and training.  Currently the 13 institutes of technology have achieved delegation. More information on delegation of authority is available on the QQI website here.

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