About QQI

On 6 November 2012, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established as a new integrated agency (replacing the Further Education and Training Awards Council, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland and incorporating the functions of the Irish Universities Quality Board).   

QQI is responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training (including English language provision) and validates programmes and makes awards for certain providers in these sectors.

QQI is also responsible for the maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
Since its establishment, QQI has been progressing the development of its qualifications and quality assurance services.  In May 2013, QQI rolled out a Comprehensive Policy Development Programme through a number of large public events and an extensive consultation process.

QQI is now very pleased to announce the publication of its first set of policy documents.  They are:
These policies are relevant to new providers seeking access to initial validation of programmes leading to QQI awards and to certain other providers with whom QQI has an existing relationship; details on the application of these policies to current providers will be published shortly.
Further developments with the Comprehensive Policy Development Programme will feature on our website.


Customer Charter
QQI is committed to providing a quality service and equality of treatment to all our customers. This charter sets out our standards of service our customers are entitled to expect.

See our Customer Charter here

See our Complaints of Service here


New QQI Award logo
When QQI was established in 2012, it was recognised that it would take time for ourselves, providers and learners to disengage from the familiarity of the FETAC and HETAC brands. That is why in 2013 QQI introduced the transition brands, "FETAC – Awarded by QQI" and "HETAC - Awarded by QQI".

QQI is pleased to announce that from August 2014 it will be replacing these transitional award brands with the new QQI Award identity.  Information will issue to providers shortly to reflect these changes, including guidelines for use of the new award brand logo on their promotional materials, websites, electronic and print. Detailed information will also appear on this site.

Holders of FETAC and HETAC awards should be assured that their awards will continue to be recognised at the appropriate levels of the National Framework of Qualifications.