A typical query about courses is, “Is this course recognised?” To answer this question, one must ask another question first – “Who do you want the course to be recognised by?”
If you want to do a course to qualify for a particular job – then you must check if the course is recognised by employers in that job area.
“Will this course be recognised by the employer I want to work for and/ or in the area of work I am interested in?”
It is not usual to be required to have different qualifications for different employers within a sector. Usually, employers in an area of work are looking for similar qualifications. These qualifications may sometimes be an informal requirement of the job area without being written down, e.g. manual handling and first aid courses for applicants to Care Assistant positions.
In other cases employers are members of a professional organisation e.g. Engineers Ireland, Psychological Society of Ireland and the Royal Ireland Association of Architects and through this organisation agree the requirements for new entrants to their career area. In these cases it is possible to check which courses are “recognised” for the career area by checking with the relevant professional organisation. Click on the link for a list of – professional organisations or have a look at the “IPA Administration Yearbook and Diary” in your local library.
If the career area is among the public services then it is likely to be a government department who will decide the type of qualifications required to deliver such a service. For example the Department of Education and Science decide the entry requirements for its teaching and other staff. The Department of Health decide the entry requirements for its staff.
If there is a particular employer in a particular location you specifically hope to work for then it is advisable to check directly with that employer about which course(s)/ qualification(s) they “recognise”.
You may be taking a course in order to become eligible for a higher level course e.g. studying for a degree to become eligible for the Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching). It is advisable to check with the provider of the higher level course about which courses they “recognise” for entry.
Perhaps you are planning to work abroad and are concerned as to whether your course will be “recognised” there. It is again essential to check with the employers and/ or professional organisations as described above in your destination country. Your situation will also be considerably helped if the body who awards/ accredits your qualification is recognised internationally.
Have you come to Ireland to work?
You may have the qualifications required for a particular career in your own country and would like to know if those qualifications will allow you to work in the same career here. The following information on gaining recognition of qualifications obtained outside out of Ireland might be of assistance to you.
Please refer to the list of contact details for Irish professional organisations or in the IPA Administration Yearbook and Diary (available in local libraries). If your profession is on the list please contact the relevant association/ institute or state department directly to find out the procedure you must go through in order to gain recognition of your qualification in Ireland.
If your profession is not on this list or you would like to take part in further education in Ireland you should contact NARIC Ireland.
Reasons to get qualifications recognised
There are a number of reasons why it is beneficial to get an international award recognised in Ireland. If you would like to take part in further studies, the education provider will need to see if you fulfil the entry requirements for the course or employers (who might not be familiar with the education system outside of Ireland) can determine that you are qualified to undertake a specific function in an organisation.
NARIC Ireland does not operate a public office or a call-in service. If you are unable to find your qualification on their database you should send your query by registering with their QHelp service.
Documentation that may be required by the NARIC Ireland:
- A certified photocopy of the qualification
- An official translation of the qualification into English or Irish
- A certified photocopy of your transcript/ mark sheets/ list of subjects passed in original language
- An official translation into English or Irish of transcript/ mark sheets/ list of subjects passed
- Documentation in support of name change (if applicable) e.g. marriage certificate
- If you are applying for recognition of a postgraduate qualification, you must provide evidence regarding your undergraduate qualification
Translation of qualifications:
You may be asked to provide certified copies of qualifications in the original language.
(A certified photocopy is a copy that has been signed and stamped by an authorised person such as a Justice of the Peace, a Notary Public, a lawyer or a solicitor etc. The authorised person needs to sign your copies stating that they are true and correct, print their name and position and if possible affix an official stamp.)
NARIC Ireland does not translate qualifications. You must get your award translated by a registered translator. You can contact your country’s embassy in Ireland who should be able to provide you with a list of registered translators.
This link will give you a list of foreign embassies in Ireland.
You may be taking a course for leisure purposes and you might simply be curious about who awards your course(s)/qualification(s). Please refer to the section below on “awarding/accreditation body”.