National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) provides a way to compare qualifications, and to ensure that they are quality assured and recognised at home and abroad.

All FETAC awards are part of the National Framework of Qualifications and are placed at levels 1 - 6.

Understanding the Framework enables you to:

  • explain to others what qualifications you hold, or are studying for
  • make informed decisions about your qualification choices and access, transfer and progression opportunities available to you
  • relate awards gained in Ireland or abroad. For information visit Qualifications Recognition Ireland and Europass websites. This becomes very important when you are considering further learning or when you are applying for a job at home or abroad
  • recruit employees with the level of knowledge, skill and competence required and to accurately identify education and training qualifications to fit your requirements
  • get your in-company education and training certified. All qualifications on the NFQ are quality assured and the Framework supports the development and certification of all learning wherever it takes place, including the workplace
  • identify access, transfer and progression opportunities to help you plan and assess staff education and training needs, by fitting the right education and training with both individual and business needs.

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