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Validation Policies and Criteria

QQI's current policies and criteria for validation can be found in one volume entitled Policies and Criteria for the Validation of Programmes of Education and Training.

This volume contains two documents:

  • Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI of Programmes of Education and Training (first published in 2016

  • Policies and Criteria for the validation of programmes leading to Common Award System (CAS) awards (first published in 2016)

All programmes of higher education and training submitted for validation (or revalidation) must be validated in accordance with Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI of Programmes of Education and Training and any applicable specialised validation policy and criteria.

Transitional arrangements – research degree programmes, collaborative programmes and transnational programmes

Until specialised policies and criteria have been developed for research degree programmes, collaborative programmes and transnational programmes, the 2012-2015 policies and criteria will apply except for instances where the policies and criteria of 2012-2015 are inconsistent with the current policies and criteria for validation which were originally published in 2016.

Until supplementary documents are developed for the current validation policies and criteria, the corresponding 2012-2015 documents will apply, except for instances where they may be inconsistent with the current QQI policies and criteria for validation.

2012- 2015 Supplementary documents

- Guidelines concerning the preparations for revalidation of programmes leading to QQI awards (Draft guidelines for HET are being piloted)
- Assessment guidelines, conventions and protocols for programmes leading to QQI awards
- Guidelines on the moderation of assessment
- Evaluator conventions and protocols
- Credit accumulation conventions and protocols
- Policy for Collaborative Programmes, Transnational Programmes and Joint Awards


Making an Application for Validation

Information for preparing an application for validation of programmes of higher education and training is provided in unit 5 of Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI of Programmes of Education and Training and any applicable specialised validation policy and criteria.


Revalidation 

Revalidation is validation by QQI of a programme that has evolved from a programme that had been previously validated by QQI. Revalidation is required for any programme that is to continue to enrol learners following expiry of the duration of enrolment. Revalidation provides an opportunity to substantially update and modify the original programme. For more information see Unit 13 of Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation.


Programmatic Review 

Revalidation of programmes of higher education and training is normally based on an independent evaluation report arranged by the provider in accordance with its approved quality assurance procedures. Terms of reference must be agreed in advance with QQI for the programmes concerned.

 

Resources for Programmes of Higher Education and Training

Some of the following validation related resources are due to be revised to align them with the new policies and criteria.
Policy and Criteria for Making Awards
Policy for Determining Awards Standards
HET Award Standards
Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI of Programmes of Education and Training
Policy for Collaborative Programmes, Transnational Programmes and Joint Awards
Programme Validation Manual for Programmes of HET and Apprenticeships (FET and HET)(Edition 3, 2018)
Template for a Programme Schedule Stage
Assessment and Standards
- Effective Practice Guidelines for External Examining
Protection for Enrolled Learners (PEL) - Information
Fee Cover note HET 
- Policy and criteria for access, transfer and progression
- RPL Principles and Guidelines
- Principles and operational guidelines for the implementation of a national approach to credit in Irish higher education and    training (NQAI 2006)

 

 

Fees for Validation

See QQI Fees Schedule for details of current charges.


Devolved Responsibility

QQI may devolve some responsibility to the provider concerned for arranging the independent evaluation report. See Unit 6.2 of Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI and any applicable specialised validation policy and criteria.