Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)


FET Awards Standards

Setting Standards

At QQI, we determine awards standards for Further Education and Training.

Award standards are required before we or a body with delegated award-making authority (DA awarding body) can validate a programme of education and training leading to the award.

Our award standards are NFQ standards and they may be used by bodies other than QQI and DA awarding bodies.

Most of our award standards are within the CAS (Common Award System).

For further details please see our Policy for Determining Awards Standards and our Policy and Criteria for Making Awards.

Active FET Standards

The CAS (Common Awards System) is a system of linked FET (Further Education and Training) awards specifications at NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) Levels 1 to 6 inclusive.

The CAS specifications include awards standards to be achieved before an award is made.

The awards standards are expressed as minimum expected learning outcomes. These reflect the knowledge, skill and competence to be achieved by the learner before an award is made.

There are around 1,600 active awards specifications in the CAS.

Detailed information about FET standards forming part of the CAS are available in QSearch