Vocational Qualifications

All qualifications have been transferred to a new regulatory framework called the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). This includes those qualifications formerly available on the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF). Therefore, CCEA will no longer refer to the QCF in relation to these qualifications. The content and assessment arrangements for these qualifications remain unchanged.

Vocational qualifications are practical in nature and related to a specific job or career area. They may be based on the national occupational standards.

There are three different sizes of vocational qualifications available at Level 1/2/3: Award. Certificate and Diploma. The size of the qualification relates to the Total Qualification Time (TQT) allocated. TQT includes all supervised or direct contact time -Guided Learning (hours)/GL (hours) – and an estimate of the hours a learner will spend studying independently, not under direct supervision.

Qualification Size Total Qualification Time (TQT)
Award 10-120 hrs
Certificate 130-360 hrs
Diploma 370 + hrs

Check each subject microsite for further detail on what size is available for our qualifications. The title of the qualification will indicate the level and the size.

  • Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
    level-3
  • Classroom Assistants
    level-3
  • Creative Crafts
    level-3
  • Employability Skills
    level-1-and-2
  • Essential Skills
    level-1-and-2
  • French
    level-1-and-2
    level-3
  • German
    level-1-and-2
    level-3
  • Irish
    level-1-and-2
    level-3
  • Key Skills
    level-1-and-2
    level-3
  • Life Skills and Extended Life Skills
    level-1-and-2
  • level-1-and-2
  • Performance Skills
    level-1-and-2
  • Personal Money Management
    level-1-and-2
  • Preparation for Adult Life
    level-1-and-2
  • Space Science Technology
    level-1-and-2
  • Spanish
    level-1-and-2
    level-3
  • Substance Misuse Awareness
    level-1-and-2
  • UBELT
    level-1-and-2
  • Understanding Business Enterprise
    level-3
  • Working in the Creative Crafts Industry
    level-1-and-2