National Qualifications Authority of Ireland

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The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or NQAI (Údarás Náisiúnta Cáilíochtaí na hÉireann in Irish) was set up in 2001 under the Qualifications (Education & Training) Act, 1999 to develop and promote the implementation of a National Framework of Qualifications across education and training in Ireland. NQAI was dissolved and its functions were passed to Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) on 6 November 2012.[1]

The Authority's role[edit]

The Authority’s principal tasks were as follows:

  • To establish and enable the implementation of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
  • To enable improved arrangements for access, transfer and progression for learners
  • To facilitate the recognition of international awards

The National Framework[edit]

As one of its main functions, the NQAI established the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The NFQ is a ten-stage system incorporating educational and training awards from certificate to doctoral level. Awards no longer made are included in the framework for reference purposes.

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