Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
26-27 Denzille Lane7 Dublin 2 Irelandwww.QQI.ie
About this Organisation:
Quality 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.
The 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.
- Making awards, delegating authority to make awards where it considers it appropriate and reviewing and monitoring the operation of the authority so delegated.
- Authorising the use of the international education mark by a provider that complies with the code of practice.
- Ensuring 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 includes:
- Promoting, maintaining, further developing and implementing the National Framework of Qualifications.
- Establishing 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.
- Determining 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.
- Establishing, 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.
Alex Keys, Apprenticeship quality assurance manager [email protected]
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