QQI is responsible for ensuring that all awards standards for further education and training are fit for purpose and relevant.
Starting in 2019 we will annually analyse the levels of certification for each Common Awards System (CAS) award to identify those that are long established and yet either unused or little used. This is required to ensure the integrity of the CAS and the National Framework of Qualifications. The criteria for deactivation are as follows:
• All classes of CAS awards developed prior to 2014 that have never been certified.
• All classes of CAS awards developed prior to 2014 that have been certified fewer than 20 times in the years prior to 2018.
For further information on how this will be done and how providers and stakeholders can respond go to here
Providers and other stakeholders will have a two-month window to let us know if the withdrawal of any of the awards presents a problem that we need to consider.
This consultation closes on 8 June 2019