Welcome from the CEO

As Chief Executive, I would like to welcome you to the website for Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). The site has been designed to be viewable on all platforms: desktop, tablet and smartphones. It includes QHelp and QSearch facilities which we hope will assist visitors to the site in finding what they are looking for more easily.

QQI was established in November 2012. Our mission is to sustain public confidence in the quality of education and training, promote trust in the National Framework of Qualifications and drive a culture of continuous improvement by education and training providers.

We are responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training in Ireland. We set standards for our education and training awards and validate programmes for certain providers in the further and higher education and training sectors and make awards to learners. We are also responsible for the maintenance, development, promotion and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). We advise on the recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland and on the recognition of Irish qualifications abroad.

Qualifications are statements of learning and are increasingly necessary to access employment and further education. With learning and job opportunities available world-wide, it is important that qualifications are recognised universally. External quality assurance ensures this happens. We are committed to excellence in our qualifications and quality assurance services.

In 2018, we published our third strategy statement, QQI Statement of Strategy 2019-21 – Adding Value to Qualifications. We look forward to working with our stakeholders over the next three years to implement the key priorities that we have identified in the statement.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our work in QQI. If you have any comments or suggestions as to how we might improve our website, please do not hesitate to contact us directly through our QHelp facility.

Dr ​Padraig Walsh

Chief Executive Officer