Recognition of Qualifications

Academic Recognition

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a system of ten levels and is used to describe the Irish qualifications system. The 'fan diagram' below helps to illustrate the levels on the NFQ and each level is based on nationally agreed standards of
      • knowledge,
      • skill
      • and competence
i.e. what an individual is expected to know, understand and be able to do following successful completion of a process of learning.

Further information on the NFQ can be found here: Irish National Framework of Qualifications

The Irish centre for the recognition of foreign qualifications is Qualifications Recognition and their website is Qualifications Recognition. The service represents Ireland in a European network which promotes the recognition of international vocational qualifications throughout Europe and further afield.

The NARIC Ireland Foreign Qualifications Database is available at this link.

You can find a User Guide to the NARIC Foreign Qualifications Database at this link.

You can make a Request for Advice on the Academic Recognition of a Foreign Qualification on this page of the QQI website.

If you find that there is information on the comparability of your qualification on the International Qualifications Database, you can print the information with no further formalities. If you can't find the information, you can apply for a formal assessment of your qualification by printing, completing and submitting the application form required to apply for the recognition of a foreign qualification. The completed application form should be sent to the address given on the form with the required documentation.

If you need help with the application form you can telephone:
+353 -1- 9058100
+353 - 1- 9058227


Qualifications Recognition is based at Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) -

Information Received from the Qualifications Recognition Service August 2013

"- Annual Qualifications Recognition reports are published (2003-2011) on our website.

- Typically annual recognition reports are published by March the following year. This was delayed due to amalgamation etc this year so the 2012 report will be available soon. We received approximately 1,687 applications in 2012

- In 2013: Formal Applications to Qualifications Recognition: January - June 2013 = 916

While we indicate on our website a possible assessment period of 8-12 weeks, we do try to respond within 3 weeks if possible. Due to amalgamation activities and IT disruption, processing time increased beyond 3 weeks for a period in late 2012 and early 2013. We are now operating on roughly a 3 week period. Agreed best practice in this area indicates a turn-around time of 4 months.

Policy and Criteria for Recognising Professional Awards within the National Framework of Qualifications


Professional Recognition

Several professions (e.g. teaching, medicine and physiotherapy) are regulated in Ireland. In order to work in a regulated profession in Ireland, you need the approval of the designated competent authority.

A list of the regulated professions, with the designated competent authorities is available here.

The Department of Education and Skills acts as the Irish National Contact Point for professional recognition. Information regarding the professional recognition system is published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills . Please click here if you would like to learn more.

You will also find information at this link

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