Letter to awarding organisations: Changes in Northern Ireland

This letter was sent to awarding organisations in June and explains the changes we made to the General Conditions of Recognition.


Changes to the regulation of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland

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We previously wrote to awarding organisations to advise of the changes that had been proposed to how vocational qualifications are regulated in Northern Ireland, see RO45, RO46A, and RO46B. The necessary legislative amendments to the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, have now been made by Order and approved by Parliament. The changes to the legislation came into force on 4 May 2016. As a result of this change, from this date, qualifications offered:

  • only in Northern Ireland will no longer be regulated by Ofqual
  • only in Northern Ireland will be regulated by CCEA Regulation
  • in England will continue to be regulated by Ofqual
  • in England and Northern Ireland will continue to be regulated by Ofqual and will now also be regulated by CCEA Regulation
Published 28 July 2016