World Education Services (WES) / International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) and other evaluation services in Canada, the USA and Australia, frequently require people presenting QQI / HETAC / FETAC / NCEA / NCVA awards, to get verification from QQI of the authenticity of their qualifications.  There is an administration fee of €20 for this service.

How to request the appropriate document?

To request the verification, you should click here

  • It is important to note that you must submit the following:

For Further Education (FE) awards (Levels 1 to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)):

  1. Proof of ID - This can be a scanned copy of your passport, driving licence, Public Services Card, or any other official form of photo ID
  2. A completed Academic Records Request Form (available from WES, other evaluation services websites).  Remember to include you WES Reference Number on the form.

For Higher Education (HE) awards (Levels 6 to Level 9 on the NFQ)):

  1. Reference Number provided by the evaluation service or Admissions Office.
  2. Proof of ID - This can be a scanned copy of your passport, driving licence, Public Services Card, or any other official form of photo ID

What will happen to the verification?

WES is the service used by most applicants for qualifications verification.  On receipt of a correctly completed application, QQI will process verification of your qualification and forward it electronically to WES on the Friday of each week.  We will let you when this has been done.

  • for FE qualifications, a Record of Awards and a completed Academic Record Request Form
  • for HE qualifications, a Verification Letter of Certification

WES has advised that it will take approximately 10 days before they commence processing qualifications verifications received from QQI.

For other evaluation services / university admissions, we will send the verification by email if you provide this information. We will let you know when this has been done.



  • If you are a HE graduate, you will need to request your college to forward Transcripts directly to the evaluation service.  QQI only supplies the Transcripts for holders of FE qualifications.
  • If you completed an Apprenticeship/Craft Certificate with FÁS, prior to June 2001, you should contact SOLAS, the body now responsible for Irish Apprenticeship Training, at the following email address: and they will advise further.

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