Quality Assurance

Cork ETB Further Education and Training Quality Assurance and Management

The FET Quality Assurance and Management Office is responsible for developing and reviewing policies, procedures and programmes across the FET service to ensure on going improvements in our provision and to facilitate high quality teaching and learning that is fit for purpose and meets the needs of our learners and other stakeholders, including employers.

The QA Team comprises of Nuala Glanton, Adult Education Officers and Carol Quinlan, Quality Assurance Officer, reporting to John Fitzgibbons, Education Officer. The work of the team is guided and overseen by a Quality Assurance Steering Group. A Programme Approval Committee is responsible programme development, validation and approval process. This is coordinated by Catherine O’Sullivan, Assistant Process Coordinator. The FET Strategy Group, chaired by Ted Owens, Chief Executive, oversees all Further Education and Training Related activity.

All FET staff are responsible for the implementation of quality assurance policies and procedures and learners and other stakeholder are central to our development, implementation and review of our policies, procedures and programmes.



Cork ETB current supports 47 QQI registered centres and 4 City and Guilds Registered centres. Some of our centres, Cork Training Centre in particular, provide certification with a number of other awarding bodies also. Some of our centres are large organisations especially the PLC Colleges and Cork Training Centre and some are much smaller, offering unaccredited as well as accredited options.

Information for employees on Quality Assurance

We are planning to develop a Quality Assurance Portal as part of the CETB website. Until that has been developed any information relating to QA for employees is being located and updated here.

The following information is available:

  • Descriptors for all programmes and components from levels 1 to 6 that CETB is validated to run. The most up to date version will always be available here.
  • Information on Managing Programmes for centres.
  • Information regarding our Quality Assurance Governance Structure.
  • News and updates regarding QA
  • An overview of the CETB Assessment Process with related templates and resources
  • Information on resources and training opportunities for FET teachers and tutors.

If you have any queries regarding quality assurance policy and procedures or FET programmes please email qa@corketb.ie.


Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training, it validates programmes and makes certain awards for the sector. For further information see www.qqi.ie

Quality Assurance Policy

In April 2016 QQI issued Core Statutory QA Guidelines which will inform Cork ETB in developing an internal QA System. The QA team is evaluating current policies and procedures and consulting with stakeholders before drafting new policies and procedures for Cork ETB. For the time being, the existing QA policies and procedures that centres are using remain in place. Please check with your principal, coordinator or centre manager to ensure that you are aware of the relevant policies and procedures if you are teaching in the FET sector.

National Framework of Qualification

QQI is also responsible for the maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications which classifies qualifications across ten levels ranging from the very initial stages of learning to the most advances. Cork ETB offers accreditation from levels 1 to 6 on the framework. The awarding bodies included on the NFQ include QQI and the State Examinations Commission (SEC) which accredits the Junior and Leaving Certificates.

Award levels