QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is a state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.

Its functions are an almagamation of those previously carried out by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC); the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC); the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI).

These include, but are not limited to:

  • The maintainance of the ten-level NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications). 
  • Functioning as the awarding body and set standards for awards we make in the NFQ.
  • Validating education and training programmes and making extensive awards in the Further Education and Training sector, including in the Education and Training Boards.
  • Providing advice on the recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland and on the recognition of Irish qualifications abroad.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of quality assurance in further and higher education providers in Ireland.
  • Acting as the authorising body for the use of an International Education Mark (IEM) for providers.

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