Quality and Qualification Ireland – QQI

Quality and Qualification Ireland was established by the Government in November 2012. It is made up the amalgamation of 4 groups namely the Further Education and Training Award Council (FETAC), Higher Education and Training Award Council (HETAC), the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB). QQI’s principal role is to oversee the quality and qualification offered by the majority of Ireland academic institutions. It does this through a rigorous process that involves agreeing quality assurance with organisations, validating programmes that meet required standards and monitoring organisations to ensure that the quality of their programmes continue to meet required standards.

QQI’s role in Counselling and Psychotherapy has taken on a much more important position since the Minister ALex White issued a statement in Dail Eireann committing to statutory registration of counsellors and psychotherapists as early as possible.  In this speech he also stated that:

 “(…) QQI qualifications will be the minimum qualifications required of counsellors and psychotherapists to register under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005”. 

More recently QQI (Qualifications Quality Ireland) has published a consultation document on award standards which endorses the distinctions recommended by the PTF.  These proposed award

standards are currently the subject of public consultation and are available via the URL:

 http://www.qqi.ie/Consultation/Pages/QQI-Framework-for-Consultation.aspx .

Once public consultation has been completed on November 15th the final standards will go to the board of QQI for approval.