Programme Validation

Programme Validation, Accreditation and Memberships:
City & Guilds

Athena College of Ireland is an approved centre for City & Guilds. City & Guilds develop vocational qualifications across a variety of sectors and are delivered in more than 10,000 training centres across the world and are widely recognised and respected by employers.



NFQ is linked to similar frameworks in Europe. This helps people considering employment or study opportunities outside Ireland.

There are two qualifications frameworks at European level:

  1. The Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area also known as the 'Bologna Framework'. This deals with higher education awards (NFQ 6-10)
  2. The European Qualifications Framework (EQF), which deals with all NFQ levels including schools, Further Education and Training, and Higher Education

Alignment of Uk Awards - Uk Awards provided in Ireland

Many qualifications awarded by UK education and training bodies following study in Ireland are recognised through the NFQ ( National Framework of Qualifications)

All of the UK qualifications that have been aligned with the NFQ are:

  • Included in the National Qualification Framework of England, Wales and Northern Ireland or the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework of Scotland.
  • Delivered in Ireland to the same specification as in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • Subject to external Quality Assurance processes and procedures.

For more information please contact QQI – link to