QQI is an independent state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. The Board includes an international member and two learner representatives.
QQI has a broad range of functions relating to the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training in Ireland; the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ); and the awarding of the International Education Mark (IEM). QQI is responsible for establishing quality assurance (QA) guidelines and for reviewing the effectiveness of QA at the level of the institution across further and higher education in Ireland. This includes the universities, institutes of technology, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and providers in the private further and higher education and training sectors.
QQI validates programmes (ex-ante programme accreditation) for independent providers in further education (public and private providers) and higher education (mainly private providers) and sets standards and make awards on the NFQ in respect of those validated programmes. In the area of qualifications, QQI maintains the ten-level NFQ and any associated recognition. It is the NARIC centre for Ireland (NARIC Ireland) and provides recognition advice on foreign qualifications.
QQI is currently undergoing a targeted review coordinated by ENQA. More information can be found here.
QQI’s most recent external review report can be found here.
QQI is registered on EQAR.