I am an existing provider

QQI evaluates providers at both institutional and programmatic level to ensure the quality and credibility of QQI awards. Existing providers have shown that they have the capacity, resources, and QA system in place to deliver programmes leading to a QQI award and/or offer programmes to international learners.

A provider receives QA approval within defined parameters. These parameters specify what types of programme a provider may offer, how and where. This is known as a provider’s scope of provision.

As a provider, you may wish to offer a new programme that in some way goes beyond the scope of what you are currently approved to offer by QQI. If that is so, you must apply to have your scope of provision extended.

Additionally, if you received your quality approval before 2012 through a QQI predecessor such as FETAC or HETAC, you will need to renew your QA approval with QQI. Within QQI this is referred to as re-engagement.

Find out more about re-engagement and extending your scope of provisions below.

Reengagement is a one-off occurrence that allows a provider to establish its quality assurance (QA) procedures with QQI. The benefit of re-engagement is that it enables us to recognise any past work done by a provider in developing and implementing QA processes while ensuring that a sound statutory basis exists for future QA development and enhancement.

It also allows providers to show that they can act autonomously in developing programmes and assessing learners, focussing on the achievement of learning outcomes. They will also be able to demonstrate continuous self-evaluation to achieve a strategic focus on enhancement and educational development.

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As a provider, you may wish to offer a new programme that in some way goes beyond the scope of what you are currently approved to offer by QQI.

For example, if you are currently approved to deliver programmes via a face-to-face mode of delivery and you wish to offer programmes using blending learning, you must apply to QQI to have your scope of provision extended to include providing programmes via blended learning.

You will have to consult the QQI Guidelines for Quality Assurance of Blended Learning, develop the relevant QA procedures and put in place the necessary human, physical and technological resources to deliver this type of education or training.

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To apply for validation of a new apprenticeship programme, you must have a QQI-approved scope of provision to offer an apprenticeship programme.

If as a QQI award provider you have not been previously approved to offer an apprenticeship programme to potential learners, your scope of provision will first have to be extended.  Once this is in place, you can then apply to have your apprenticeship programme validated.

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A programme submitted for validation must always interface with the provider’s approved quality assurance procedures. Any incremental changes to the provider’s QA procedures required by the programme or programme-specific QA procedures should be developed having regard to QQI’s statutory QA guidelines.

This is one of the reasons that validation does not translate from one provider to another. A programme will include intrinsic governance, quality assurance, learner assessment, and access, transfer and progression procedures that must functionally interface with the provider’s general or institutional procedures.

If the programme is a collaborative one between two or more providers, the arrangements are more complex, but the principles are similar.

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A programme is validated for provision in specific jurisdictions. Unless otherwise indicated on the certificate of validation, validation is restricted to programmes provided from within Ireland to learners based in the State.

If a new jurisdiction is to be added to this set, the modified programme requires validation unless the validated programme explicitly includes arrangements for extension.

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