In Spring 2017 QQI began holding regional briefings for all independent and private providers to explain the Re-engagement policy and describe the proposed process. The presentation used in the briefings is available to download
The proposed process will entail:
1. Application comprising
• Application Form and supporting documentation
• Draft QA Procedures
2. Evaluation by Expert Peer Panel
QQI will appoint a panel of experienced people appropriate to the context of the provider. The panel will review the application and meet the provider to discuss it.
A draft report listing the panel's findings will follow. It will include one of the following recommendations to QQI:
• Approve the provider's application
Refuse approval with Mandatory Changes
If accepted by QQI, this decision will allow the provider to make a revised application within six months of the decision.
Refuse to approve
If accepted by QQI, this decisions would indicate there are serious concerns about the provider's quality assurance. The
PAEC will decide on the necessary further steps
3. Decision by QQI
As part of QQI’s governance, the panel’s report together with the provider’s response will be submitted to the Programmes and Awards Executive Committee (PAEC) for decision.
4. Publication of Panel Report
Once the process is finalised, each panel report will be published through QQI’s website.
Providers will publish approved QA procedures on their own websites.
In 2017/2018, QQI piloted the re-engagement process to test its efficacy before going live. Twelve providers participated in the pilot process. The expert panels consisted of experienced practitioners from providers of both higher and further education and QQI executive.The pilot proved very useful in indentifying how and where the process and associated documentation could be improved.Reengagement formally commenced in 2018 and continues apace.
Gap Analysis Tool - This document, for a provider’s own use, is designed to help a provider to conduct a gap analysis between their current resources, governance and quality assurance procedures and be aware of what is expected as set out in the QQI suite of guidelines.
Application Form – After the pilot, the previous application form and self-assessment report were combined into a single document. It is designed to give QQI and the panel members up to date information on the provider as well as a mapping of the provider’s QA documentation to the QQI Guidelines.
Panel Report template - This will be used by the expert panel to report the findings of their evaluation and give a recommendation to QQI. Published reengagement reports are available here
QQI held peer learning events for applicant providers on 9th May and 30th October 2019 and 18th February 2020. Presentations were made by QQI staff; experienced Panel members and representatives of providers that have already successfully completed reengagement. Some provider representatives have also been members of reengagement Panels and shared their feedback and insights gained from participating in the process from both perspectives.
QQI is grateful to speakers for their participation on the day and for generously sharing the benefit of their experience through the presentations below:
Walter Balfe, Head of QA (QQI Awards) and Deirdre Stritch, QA Approval and Monitoring Manager QQI
Naomi Jackson, Dean of Academic Affairs, CCT
Janet Tumulty, Director, New Links Training Solutions
Carmel Kelly, Network Manager Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet
Danny Brennan, Former Registrar of Letterkenny IoT and Reengagement Panel Chair;
Dr. David McCarthy, Quality Officer, National College of Ireland (NCI)
Linda Coone, Head of Quality Assurance and Improvement at the National Learning Network (Rehab Group);
Ruth Ní Bheoláin, Quality Assurance Officer, Hibernia College
The fees for re-engagement are graduated system based on the provider’s scope of provision i.e. NFQ Level and award class. For details, see
Schedule of Fees.
Pending Re-engagement, providers with validated programmes should continue as per normal i.e. delivery and assessment of currently validated programmes may proceed and applications for validation of new programmes may be made.
When do I apply?
All providers have been given a target by which they should have made their application for reengagement. This is a quarter rather than a specific date e.g. Q3 2019. See here for a listing of all providers’ target dates for applications.
If you have further questions about Re-engagement, please use
Qhelp to send them to us.