At QQI, we determine awards standards for further education and training.
Award standards are required before we or a body with delegated award-making authority (DA awarding body) can validate a programme of education and training leading to an award.
Our award standards are NFQ standards and they may be used by bodies other than QQI and DA awarding bodies. Most of our award standards are within the CAS (Common Awards System).
Specific standards have been determined for all of QQI’s named FET awards. QQI’s FET awards standards tend to be more specific than its HET awards standards. All awards standards are required to meet the appropriate level indicators of the NFQ demonstrating the appropriate level of knowledge, skills and competencies.
As a body responsible for making further education and training awards QQI is required to determine the applicable awards standards. This means to determine the standards of knowledge, skill or competence to be acquired, and where appropriate, demonstrated, by a learner before an award may be made by QQI or by a provider to which, under section 53 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, authority to make an award has been delegated. For further details on award standards please see our
Policy for Determining Awards Standards and our Policy and Criteria for Making Awards.
The CAS (Common Awards System) is a system of linked FET (Further Education and Training) awards specifications at NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) Levels 1 to 6 inclusive.
The CAS specifications include awards standards to be achieved before an award is made.
The awards standards are expressed as minimum expected learning outcomes. These reflect the knowledge, skill and competence to be achieved by the learner before an award is made.
There are around 1,600 active awards specifications in the CAS.
Detailed information about FET standards forming part of the CAS are available in
Early Learning and Care - Awards Standards
F-gas Handling – Award Standards Level 5 Special Purpose Certificate in F-gas Handling in Large RACHPT&T Systems Category ILevel 5 Special Purpose Certificate in Small RACHPT&T Systems Category IILevel 5 Special Purpose Certificate in F-gas Recovery from Small RACHPT&T Systems Category IIILevel 5 Special Purpose Certificate in F-gas Non-Intrusive Leak Detection in RACHPT&T Systems Category IVLevel 5 Special Purpose Certificate in Handling F-gas Mobile Air Conditioning Systems in Certain Motor VehiclesLevel 5 Special Purpose Certificate in Handling F-gas Fire Extinguishants
Current review and development work is listed below.
To view standards undergoing consultation please click
Deactivation of unused or little used awards
Deactivation of other awards
QQI will publish details of awards scheduled for deactivation following a
Early Childhood Care and Education
F-gas Handling Awards
NFQ Standards and Guidelines
Proposals for Standards/Reviews
HE Awards Standards
Recognising Professional Qualifications in NFQ