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Quality and Qualifications Ireland – QQI

QQI is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. The majority of our programmes are certified by QQI. QQI awards are recognised within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) nationally and internationally. The NFQ is a 10-level system used to describe qualifications in the Irish education and training system. It lists the main qualifications awarded at each level and pathways from one NFQ level to the next. The NFQ allows you to compare qualifications to help with your choice of programme or course, knowing that it will be recognised at home and abroad.

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City & Guilds

A global leader in skills development, providing services to training providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today’s workplace. Employers across the world value City & Guilds qualifications and apprenticeships. They help individuals develop their talents and abilities for career progression.

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Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)

A specialist awarding and assessment organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors. VTCT’s Skills Advisory Board brings together leading industry colleagues, to review and discuss market issues and trends within the Hair and Beauty industries.

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International Computer Digital Licence (ICDL)

An international organisation dedicated to raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society. Their certification programmes are delivered through an active network of Accredited Test Centres. We have an Accredited Test Centre located in Garrycastle Campus, Athlone. This test centre enables individuals and organisations to assess, build and certify their competence in the use of computers and digital tools to the globally recognised ICDL standard.

Other awarding bodies include and not limited to APMG – International, Approved EN Certifying Body, CompTIA, CPA Ireland, Department of Education and Skills, ICS Skills, ILM Institute of Leadership and Management), ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council), Microsoft, Oracle, PHECC (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council), RSA (Road Safety Authority), RTITB (Road Transport Industry Training Board) Solidworks and Unspecified.