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Accreditation Partners

Our Validation and Membership

Dorset College working in partnership with a number of validating bodies, offers a wide range of short skill-based, professional and degree programmes that meet the needs of learners at all stages of their lives and careers.   Many of our programmes are on the (NFQ) National Framework of Qualifications.

The NFQ framework structure provides an understanding of Ireland’s system of qualifications and how qualifications can be compared.  It enables learners to make an informed decision on their choices, progression and it also provides an indication of the qualification requirements associated with applying for a job in Ireland or Internationally.  Qualifications in the NFQ are recognised nationally and internationally.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. It was established in 2012 by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.

It is responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training including English language provision ACELS and validates programmes and makes awards for approved providers in these sectors. These programmes lead to qualifications (QQI awards) listed in the NFQ, which are recognised internationally

QQI ( is also responsible for the maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services

The Department of Education & Science controls standards in ELT schools and organisations through an inspection/recognition scheme for English Language Teaching organisations (ELTOs) in Ireland.

The Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services (ACELS) was established in 1969 under the auspices of the Irish Department of Education & Science to control standards in ELT schools and organisations through an inspection/recognition scheme for English Language Teaching organisations (ELTOs) in Ireland.

Dorset College is regulated by ACELS and complies with the requirements of the inspection and recognition scheme which it operates.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) the professional body setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.  With over 150,000 members internationally – working in HR, learning and development, people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors. The CIPD qualifications provide professional recognition in the field of HR, Training and Development. The CHRP leads to Associate membership of the CIPD upon successful completion.

Project Management Institute

The Project Management Institute (PMI) qualifications will provide you with professional recognition for excellence within any industry.  With over 500,000 Global Members and over 300 Local Chapters internationally – their qualifications advance careers, improve organisational success and further mature the project management profession through globally-recognized standards and certifications.

CISCO Networking Academy Program

The CISCO Networking Academy Program utilises a blended learning model, integrating face-to-face teaching with a challenging web-based curriculum, hands-on lab exercises, and Internet-based assessment. Academy graduates are prepared for networking and IT-related careers in the public and private sectors, as well as for higher education in engineering, computer science and related fields.  The widely respected CISCO Career Certifications bring valuable, measurable rewards to network professionals, their managers, and the organisations that employ them. 

European Computer Driving Licence

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the world’s largest vendor-neutral end-user computer skills certification and is internationally recognised as the global benchmark in this area.  The Qualification provides a valuable starting point to a career in Administration, IT or areas of study that require competent computer skills.

Education in Ireland

Enterprise Ireland manages the Education in Ireland national brand and is responsible for the promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas. Ireland's longstanding reputation for high-quality education is built on a solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Today we have one of the best education systems in the world and an internationally renowned reputation for academic quality.

Higher Education College Association

Over the past 20 years, HECA has become the recognised voice of independent higher level education in Ireland.

  • HECA’s main focus is on representing the independent third level sector by ensuring the highest standards of quality amongst its members.
  • HECA creates an environment that fosters sharing ideas, forming collaborations and instigating mutually beneficial initiatives.
  • HECA provides a unified voice in government and legislative circles and seeks representation on key government committees and boards.

"Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020."

Our Educational Partners

As part of our own strategic vision, we strive to develop strong and mutually-beneficial relationships with the academic, business and wider community.  We see the collaboration with a range of stakeholders as a key element to our future development.  Our partners through collaboration bring knowledge, opportunity and industry links to the college and our students which further strengthen Dorset College as a recognised, industry led, quality driven higher education institution.