QQI award standards are determined within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) , . QQI determines standards for the education and training awards that it makes itself and that are made by providers to whom it has delegated authority to make an award e.g. Institutes of Technology.
Providers offering programmes leading to QQI awards must have their programme(s) validated in accordance with current validation policy (see www.qqi.ie). The format and detail within award standards is different between HET and FET.