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To be eligible for grant support all training should be based on a national occupational standard or accredited by an appropriate recognised body. The CITB-ConstructionSkills Northern Ireland Training Directory is a recommended resource of recognised training provision.
Should you decide to avail of a training course not on the directory then please note that this may delay payment of grant as the course must be registered with CITB-ConstructionSkills Northern Ireland before grant support is considered.
The documents to register as a provider and further explanation on the definitions of a national occupational standard can be downloaded from the links below
Definitions of Standards
Training Provider Details
National Occupational Standards are available to download from www.ukstandards.co.uk
What is QCF?
The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a new framework which sets out how all regulated vocational qualifications should be structured, titled and quality assured. It is replacing the existing National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NQF) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is designed to make vocational qualifications easier to understand and simpler to use.
QCF has been developed to enable closed working with employers, while making training and qualifications more relevant to learners, helping them succeed in their choice of careers progression.
Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), together with its partner regulators in Wales Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) and Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments (N.I.) (CCEA), is responsible for regulating the QCF.
Table below details the Qualifications and Credit Framework Levels and Comparative Guide. For further information please log onto our website www.citbcsni.org.uk/publications
(QCF in the Construction Industry)
Please note that all vocational qualifications and apprenticeships will move to the QCF, including replacements for NVQs/VRQs/BTECs, but Higher Education continues on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)