Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD)

QQI Centre Number: 38045K

The Irish Institute of Training & Development, founded in 1969, is the non-profit professional body representing members concerned with human resource training and development in Ireland. Our 1,500+ members work in business, industry, consultancy, voluntary, community, education and the public sector.

IITD Purpose

Leading the learning and development profession in Ireland by inspiring excellence in practice to develop individuals and organisations to reach their full potential.

IITD Vision

  • Authoritative source of Industry knowledge, expertise and opinions.
  • Membership Community of choice for L&D Professionals & Interested Parties.
  • Contributors to National Policy on L&D related matters.
  • Preferred providers of Education and CPD for L&D Professionals.
  • Formulating and Promoting Best Practice and Standards.

We Strive to:

Support Members:

  • Provide professional education in T&D and a rich range of services, supports, events and resources.
  • Provide a basis for member certification, enhance professional development and thus employment opportunities.
  • Organise members into active networks, regionally and nationally, to meet their needs.

Ensure T&D best practice:

  • Identify, disseminate and facilitate international best practice.
  • Keep up with the latest global trends, thinking and research.
  • Influence key stakeholders and policymakers.
The IITD team consists of our staff, our National Council elected by members, and our team of specialised trainers and panel of associates.

T & D Qualifications

The IITD’s education programmes provide high-quality learning and development, whether you’re a new trainer or already experienced, and wish to develop or strengthen your training expertise. Our ladder of education programmes, from bottom to top, is as follows:
  • Foundation – Levels 6 + 7
  • Diploma – Level 7
  • Degree – Level 8
  • Master’s & Postgraduate – Level 9

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

The National Framework of qualifications (NFQ) is intended to put you, the leaner, at the centre of the education and training system in Ireland. The NFQ is used to classify and compare qualifications. You can use the NFQ to find out more about courses that you are interested in and to help you make informed decisions when choosing a course. The NFQ also makes it easier for you to explain to others what qualifications you hold, or are studying for. This becomes very important when you are considering further learning or when you are applying for a job – at home or abroad. To get the most from your choices about education and training, it is worth asking the following questions:
  • What qualification does a particular course lead to?
  • Who is the awarding body
  • Does a course lead to a qualification that is included on the National Framework of qualifications?
  • What level is the qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications?
  • Is it a minor or a non-major award?
  • What progression opportunities follow from a qualification?
The NFQ, illustrated by the “fan diagram” above, is a system of ten levels. Each level tells you about the range of knowledge, skill and competence required to achieve a particular qualification. There are six national awarding bodies with qualifications included in the Framework. School qualifications (Junior and Leaving Certificates) are awarded by the State Examinations Commission. Further education and training qualifications are awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). Higher education and training qualifications may be awarded by QQI, the institutes of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Universities.
Qualifications in the NFQ are quality assured. This means that you, the learner, can have confidence that your course, and the institution at which you are studying, are reviewed on an on-going basis. Quality assurance is intended to ensure that all learners have a high quality learning experience regardless of where you are studying.
The European and international dimensions of the NFQ are also important. Increasingly, learners and workers are travelling to other countries to access further learning or employment. All qualifications in the NFQ are recognised at home and abroad. The NFQ is used to compare Irish qualifications with foreign qualifications, and acts as a valuable tool for Irish citizens travelling abroad who wish to use their Irish qualifications. In addition, learners or workers travelling to Ireland with qualifications gained abroad can use the NFQ to have their qualifications recognised. For more information on qualifications frameworks and the recognition of qualifications please visit http://www.qqi.ie/
Learners should also visit the following website if they are interested in the European Qualifications Framework which links the qualifications frameworks of different European countries together, visit: http://ec.europa.eu/ploteus/en or the following web site for the European Higher Education Area (ehea) which aims to facilitate cooperation between systems, institutions, and individual staff and students throughout the EHEA. The EHEA now includes the concept of a qualifications framework with an emphasis on learning outcomes. Theundergraduate/postgraduate degree structure has been modified into a three-cycle system-bachelor, master and doctorate. http://www.ehea.info/

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

QQI is a state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012.