National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) describes the qualifications of the education and training system in Ireland and how the various qualifications interlink. National qualifications frameworks describe what learners should know, understand and be able to do on the basis of a given qualification. These frameworks also show how learners can move from one qualification, or qualification level, to another within a system.

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Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) 



QQI has responsibility to develop, promote and maintain the Irish NFQ.  For further information, please go to:


QQI validate and make extensive awards in many of the education and training programmes delivered by CETB. QQI also provide advice on recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland and on the recognition of Irish qualifications abroad.

In the area of quality assurance, QQI are responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of quality assurance in further and higher education providers in Ireland.

CETB offer QQI qualifications at levels 1 to 6 through its Further Education and Training colleges and centres.

QQI certification facilitates progression links to higher education, through the Higher Education Links Scheme 

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Industry certification

 In addition to QQI certification, CETB offers courses that provide certification such as City & Guilds, BTEC, ITEC, CIDESCO, Accounting Technicians Ireland, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

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