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QQI recognises the value of awards made by another awarding body where the awarding body is:
  • nationally recognised in its own country
  • operating a quality assured awarding process
The method by which recognition is given is through exemption from one or more appropriate minor award(s) where a learner is seeking a major award. An exemption cannot be requested by a learner directly. It must be submitted by a centre on behalf of the learner.

Non-QQI Awards to QQI Components - a mapping

The table below lists which QQI component(s) can be exempted on the basis of a learner holding the Non QQI award indicated. To enable a learner to get the exemption, a QQI registered centre can enter the learner for one of the components listed and tick the Exemption flag. The centre should then identify the alternate award being used for the exemption as the non QQI award code shown here.

Non-QQI Award




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