Certificate Types

A job applicant presents one of four types of FETAC awards to you. Each signifies different kinds of achievement. 

  • Certificates are awarded for the achievement of major awards, where learners achieve the national standard in a prescribed number of component areas. A Certificate tells you that the candidate has undertaken a significant volume of learning. Certificates can be achieved at levels 1-6.
  • Component Certificates are awarded for the achievement of individual areas of learning, which can stand alone or build towards the achievement of a full certificate. Components are of interest to employers because they name specific areas such as health and safety or communications, which can further inform your choice of candidate. Components can be achieved at levels 1-6.
  • Special Purpose Certificates are awarded for the achievement of individual specialist areas, which are for specific, relatively narrow purposes and which stand alone. Special Purpose Certificates can be achieved at levels 3-6.
  • Supplemental Certificates are awarded for the achievement of individual areas of learning that are additional to a previously achieved major award. Typically they reflect an updating of skills or knowledge, perhaps to reflect a recent legislative requirement or change. Supplemental Certificates can be achieved at levels 3-6.