Providers' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is a Provider?
  2. What is a Programme?
  3. What is a Standard?
  4. What is an Award?
  5. Which providers offer FETAC awards?
  6. What is 'registration' with FETAC?
  7. Why register with FETAC?
  8. If my centre is already registered with FETAC, does this apply to me?
  9. How do I go about registering with FETAC?
  10. How long does it take to get registered with FETAC?
  11. How can I get my programme accredited by FETAC?
  12. If I register with FETAC do I have access to awards previously made by FÁS, Teagasc, or Fáilte Ireland?
  13. Where can I find out more about Quality Assurance and registration?

1. What is a Provider?

A provider is a person or one or more centres, offering one or more programmes that lead to a FETAC award(s). The provider will work within a common set of policies and procedures quality assuring those programmes.

2. What is a Programme?

A programme is a learning experience designed and offered by a provider based on predetermined standard and leading to a FETAC award(s).

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3. What is a Standard?

A standard is a collection of learning outcomes setting out the knowledge, skill and competence required for an award. Back to top

4. What is an Award?

An award is a certificate issued by FETAC to a learner who has been assessed as having demonstrated the standard identified on that award.

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5. Which providers offer FETAC awards?

A provider of education and training may register with FETAC to offer FETAC awards to learners. In order to register, the provider must show that it has the capacity to maintain and improve the quality of its programmes. This is done through a process of agreement between FETAC and the provider regarding the provider's quality assurance procedures.

The current range of providers offering FETAC awards is wide and diverse. It includes:

  • State Training Agencies: FÁS, Teagasc, Fáilte Ireland, BIM
  • VEC Provision: FE Colleges, Schools, YouthReach, VTOS, Literacy Training, BTEI
  • Voluntary Secondary Schools
  • Institutes of Technology
  • Providers of Education and Training for People with Disabilities
  • Workplace Training (Employers
  • Private Trainers / Colleges / Training Centres
  • Community / Voluntary sector providers
  • E Learning / Distance Learning providers

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6. What is 'registration' with FETAC?

The Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999 requires that all providers of further education and training programmes leading to FETAC awards establish procedures to quality assure their programmes and agree these procedures with FETAC.

All providers who want to register with FETAC for the first time must do so through the agreement of their quality assurance procedures with FETAC

Provider Registration is the agreement by FETAC that a provider can offer to learners programmes leading to FETAC awards on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Provider Registration is not a quality mark, sanctioning the quality of a provider's training.

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7. Why register with FETAC?

Once a provider is registered with FETAC through the quality assurance agreement process, they will have immediate access to FETAC awards. The provider may develop programmes leading to these awards and FETAC will provide certification for these awards.

FETAC's is creating new awards for the National Framework of Qualifications at levels 1 to 6. Once these new awards become available, providers who have registered with FETAC through the quality assurance agreement process will have access to them and will be able to develop programmes leading to these new awards. For more information on the Framework visit the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

8. If my centre is already registered with FETAC, does this apply to me?

Yes. In order to maintain registration, all providers already registered with FETAC must have applied for agreement of their quality assurance procedures before the end of 2006.

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9. How do I go about registering with FETAC?

For full details on the registration process, click here

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10. How long does it take to get registered with FETAC?

The registration through quality assurance agreement process will take a minimum of 12 weeks, from receipt by FETAC of a provider's application. There will be ongoing contact with the provider throughout the process.

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11. How can I get my programme accredited by FETAC?

FETAC is an awarding body, one of whose functions is to make and promote awards. FETAC creates awards and makes them available to providers, who then develop programmes leading to these awards. The first step towards offering a programme accredited by FETAC is to become a registered provider (see above). This will then give you access to the suite of awards already being made by FETAC. In time, FETAC will develop standards for awards in new areas.

FETAC does not take a programme from a provider and turn it into an award, but registered providers can offer FETAC awards on their programmes.

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12. If I register with FETAC do I have access to awards previously made by FÁS, Teagasc, or Fáilte Ireland?

If a provider wants access to the awards of one of the former awarding bodies (other than NCVA) they can only do so with the permission of that body.

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13. Where can I find out more about Quality Assurance and registration?

Click here for more about Quality Assurance and registration.

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