Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Established
On 6 November 2012, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) www.qqi.ie was established as a new integrated agency replacing FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and incorporating the functions of IUQB. HETAC, FETAC and NQAI are now dissolved.
- Awards and qualifications formerly made by HETAC continue to be recognised, because they are on the National Framework of Qualifications. If you are enrolled on a programme leading to a HETAC award, your award will now be made by QQI, under HETAC processes.
- Providers and other stakeholders should follow www.qqi.ie to keep up to date with service arrangements, including those previously offered by FETAC, IUQB and NQAI and with changes that our new legislation requires. Registered Providers will receive our regular Providers Update e-zine.
You will continue to see the FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and IUQB logos and name as we rebrand to QQI. This website will continue to be used for operational business continuity purposes only until further notice.
Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC)
HETAC was established on 11 June 2001, under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999. It is the successor to the National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA) and is the qualifications awarding body for third-level education and training institutions outside the university sector. It exists to benefit learners and potential learners by:
- Setting standards, accrediting programmes and awarding qualifications at all levels of higher education and training;
- Providing assurance to the public that programmes of higher education and training are above an acceptable threshold level of quality and that objective quality assurance processes are in place to meet the expectations of Irish Society and the International Community;
- Delivering a quality improvement service to registered educational providers so as to contribute to raising standards to increasingly higher levels.
HETAC's principal quality assurance processes include registering providers of higher education and training, validating programmes, monitoring quality, reviewing institutions and conducting related system-level research.
In carrying out its functions HETAC ensures that providers establish procedures for the assessment of learners which are fair, consistent and fit-for-purpose and that they implement the National Framework of Qualifications and associated procedures.
HETAC was a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) until this membership transferred to QQI in November 2012.