Providers with delegated authority are awarding bodies that make their own awards within the scope of the authority delegated by QQI.
Delegated authority to make an award enables a provider to establish its own award brand and affords it greater autonomy in establishing programmes within classes of programmes in respect of which authority to make awards has been delegated.
Providers with delegated authority to make an award in respect of a particular programme are not required to apply to QQI for validation of the programme.
QQI determines the policy and criteria for awards made under delegated authority and the awards standards that apply to those awards. Such awards are recognised within the National Framework of Qualifications.
The Qualifications and Quality Assurance Act (2012) enables the extension of the range of providers that are eligible to request delegated authority.
The procedures and criteria relating to delegation of authority are set out in the following policy document:
Procedures and criteria relating to delegation of authority
Protocol IOT Sectoral Protocol on Level 9 Research Programmes
Protocol IOT Sectoral Protocol on Programmes leading to Joint Awards
Delegation of Authority
Reengagement with Providers
Reengagement Process for Independent and Private Providers