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Recognition of CIT courses and awards

Cork Institute of Technology operates under the terms of the Qualifications Act (1999) and therefore all courses lead to an award of a qualification which is fully recognised and conforms with the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Each CIT award has a corresponding NFQ level. The main qualifications awarded are:

Award Title NFQ Level

Higher Certificate

6

Degree

7

Honours Degree

8

Masters Degree

9

Doctorate

10


CIT has delegated authority to make awards up to level 10. CIT is also an approved provider for certain FETAC awards. Many of CIT's courses are certified by professional bodies (e.g. Engineers Ireland) which confers certain professional status and benefits on graduates of these courses.

 

Academic Quality and Recognition of CIT Awards

Cork Institute of Technology places a very high importance on ensuring that its programmes are of the highest possible standard. CIT has a rigorous Academic Quality System through which the Institute validates and continuously reviews its courses. CIT is proud of the fact that its academic standards are independently recognised as being of the highest quality. As a result, CIT is empowered to confer awards at all levels up to and including PhD under the terms of the Qualifications (Education & Training) Act 1999.

CIT's programmes operate under a quality system which is approved by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). The academic quality system is operated through the Registrar's office of CIT.


Awards granted to students of CIT are quality assured and delegated by the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the Irish national awarding body for higher education. The Institute has obtained valuable additional recognition for its courses by professional bodies, in order to enhance the professional standing of graduates and to provide them with the fullest possible advantages for employment and career development. The main recognitions obtained are shown below.

 

Quality & Qualifications Ireland

On 6 November 2012, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established as a new integrated agency (replacing the Further Education and Training Awards Council, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland and incorporating the functions of the Irish Universities Quality Board).

QQI is responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training (including English language provision) and validates programmes and makes awards for certain providers in these sectors.

 

 

Professional Bodies

Many professional bodies in engineering, business and science offer their own examinations leading to professional membership and the standard of their final examinations is usually that of honours degree. In addition, holders of Higher Certificates, Ordinary Bachelor Degrees and Honours Degrees may be exempt from appropriate levels of examination of relevant professional bodies following accreditation of the relevant courses by the professional bodies.

 

 

Department of Education & Skills

 

Technological Certificates

The Institute offers technological certificate courses for part-time students through evening courses. These certificates are validated by the Department of Education & Skills.

These courses are provided in the following areas, Building, Automobile Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

 

 

Apprentices

The Institute offers courses at Phase 4 and Phase 6 levels during apprenticeship. Success at the examinations leads to the award of the Advanced Certificate awarded by QQI.

These courses are provided in the areas of Welding & Metal Fabrication, Building, Automobile Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Refrigeration.

 

 

Further Education

The Institute through the Department of Tourism and Hospitality provides programmes in Professional Cookery on a full time and day-release basis. The programmes are awarded the Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

 

 

 

Additional Recognition of CIT Courses

 

City & Guilds of London Institute (CGLI)

A number of part-time courses conducted by the Institute in Engineering are also accredited by the City & Guilds of London Institute as the courses are designed to meet the required content and standards.

The Institute has obtained additional recognition for its courses by professional bodies, in order to enhance the professional standing of graduates and to provide them with the fullest possible advantages for employment and career development.  The main recognitions obtained are:

 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Physics & Instrumentation

  • Institute of Physics
  • The Teaching Council

 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biomedical Science

  • Institute of Biomedical Sciences
  • Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine

 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance

  • Institute of Chemistry of Ireland
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • The Teaching Council

 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Biosciences

  • The Teaching Council

 

Bachelor of Business (Hons)/ Bachelor of Business in Accounting/ Higher Certificate in Business/ Higher Certificate in Accounting

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland

 

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (ICPAI)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

(Exemptions from a variety of requirements of these professional bodies)

 

Bachelor of Business (Hons)/ Bachelor of Business in Marketing/ Higher Certificate in Business

  • Marketing Institute

(Exemptions are granted depending on specialism and level)

 

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) intermediate level accreditation

 

Master of Arts in Human Resource Management

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) advanced level accreditation

 

Bachelor of Business in Hospitality Management

  • Irish Hospitality Institute

 

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Communication

  • The Teaching Council

 

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles)

  • Institute of Designers of Ireland
  • Crafts Council of Ireland
  • The Teaching Council

 

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fine Art

  • Visual Artists Ireland
  • The Teaching Council

 

Higher Diploma in Arts for Art and Design Teachers

  • Recognised and Accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland

 

Master of Arts in Art Therapy

  • Irish Association of Creative Art Therapists
  • European Association of Art Therapists

 

Bachelor of Science (Hons)/ Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science

  • Department of Transport

(A number of short courses embedded in these programmes are accredited for Certificate of Competency purposes)

 

Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Society of Chartered Surveyors

 

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

  • Chartered Institute of Building

 

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology

  • Chartered Institute of Building

 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Architectural Technology

  • Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
  • Chartered Institute of Building

 

Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture

  • Chartered Institute of Building

 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Architecture (jointly with UCC)

  • The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
  • Chartered Institute of Building

 

Master of Architecture (March) (jointly with UCC)

  • The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

 

Higher Certificates/ Bachelor Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Building Services Engineering

  • Engineers Ireland (Engineering Technician/Associate+)
  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

 

Higher Certificates in Biomedical/ Civil/ Electronic/ Mechanical/ Manufacturing Engineering

  • Engineers Ireland (Engineering Technician)

 

Bachelor Degrees in Biomedical/ Civil/ Electronic/ Mechanical/ Manufacturing Engineering

  • Engineers Ireland (Associate+)

 

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering

  • Energy Institute (Chartered*)

 

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering

  • Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

 

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Structural Engineering

  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Chartered Institute of Building

 

MEng in Structural Engineering

  • Engineers Ireland (Chartered*)

 

MEng in Civil Engineering (Environment & Energy)

  • Engineers Ireland (Chartered*)

 

Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Engineering

  • Engineers Ireland (Associate+)
  • Department of Transport

(A number of short courses embedded in the programme are accredited for Certificate of Competency purposes)

 

Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Electrotechnology

  • Department of Transport

(A number of short courses embedded in the programme are accredited for Certificate of Competency purposes)

 

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

  • Engineers Ireland (Associate+)

Chartered Institute of Building

 

* Eligible following appropriate experience
+   Accredited by Engineers Ireland and covered by the Sydney Accord which is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting Engineering Technologists or Incorporated Engineers. It recognises the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those bodies and recommends that graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognised by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering technology. Signatories to this agreement are Australia, Canada, Hong Kong China, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America.

 

 

 

Accreditation of CIT Engineering Honours Degrees

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Structural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering

 

These honours degrees are fully accredited by Engineers Ireland and graduates are eligible for corporate membership with Chartered Engineer (CEng) status following appropriate experience.

 

 

 

International Recognition

 

European Engineer:

These honours degrees fulfil the Fédération Européenne d’Associations Nationales d’Ingenieurs (FEANI) Group One registration requirements and thus meet the academic requirements for the award of the title European Engineer (EurIng). Such engineers may practice in most European countries.

 

Washington Accord:

As these degrees are accredited by Engineers Ireland (the Irish accreditation body) they also fulfil the requirements for mutual recognition by the national accreditation bodies that have signed the Washington Accord, i.e. USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, South Africa, Hong Kong China, Turkey, and Ireland.