I want to validate a new apprenticeship programme
QQI’s programme validation process ensures that any new apprenticeship programme proposed by a provider leads to a QQI award that has been fully evaluated and approved before it is offered to learners.
A new apprenticeship programme is either a higher education and training apprenticeship or a non-CAS further education and training apprenticeship programme.
If you are a QQI award provider and your scope of provision includes apprenticeships, you can apply to have an apprenticeship programme validated.
If your scope of provision does not currently include apprenticeships, you will have to apply to QQI to have it extended before seeking validation.
Once approved you can apply to have the apprenticeship programme validated as a HET apprenticeship programme or a non-CAS FET apprenticeship programme.
Policies and criteria for the validation of programmes of education and training
QQI Policy for Determining Award Standards (2014)
Guidelines for Providers 2014, Operating Principles for PEL Arrangements
Assessment and Standards (Revised 2013)
QQI Policy and Criteria for Making Awards (2017)
Principles and Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of a National Approach to Credit in Irish Higher Education and Training
Principles and Operational Guidelines for the Recognition of Prior Learning in Further and Higher Education and Training (June 2005)
Protection of Enrolled Learners: Protocols for the Implementation of Part 6 of the 2012 Act
Protocols for the Protection of Enrolled Learners: Guidelines for Providers
QQI Policy Restatement: Policy and Criteria for Access, Transfer and Progression for FET and HE Providers
Roles, Responsibilities and Code of Conduct for Reviewers and Evaluators (2018)
Programme Validation Manual for Programmes of Apprenticeships (HET)
Programme Validation Manual for Programmes of Apprenticeships (FET non-CAS)
Self-evaluation against Validation Criteria