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Vocational Education and Training Quality Review and Accreditation (VET-QRA)

Vocational Education and Training Quality Review and Accreditation (VET-QRA) offers vocational education and training providers operating in any national jurisdiction an independent peer review assessment that can lead to UK NARIC accreditation.

VET-QRA assesses whether a VET provider meets a set of 16 standards developed in alignment with the European Quality Assurance Reference Frameworks for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET).

VET-QRA also assesses a VET provider’s capacity to develop and deliver qualifications at the appropriate level of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), using the NARIC Band Framework © as a universal translation mechanism.

VET-QRA builds on UK NARIC’s extensive experience of vocational education and training in the European context, as the National Contact Point (NCP) for the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) for England, and the coordinator of UK ReferNet, the European network of reference and expertise in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

It further complements and draws on UK NARIC expertise in providing guidance on the recognition of professional qualifications as the Centre for Professional Qualifications, and the support UK NARIC offers VETASSES,Australia's leading vocational education and training (VET) skills assessment provider, in the assessment of skills of residents of the UK and Europe who want to migrate to Australia.

What are the benefits of the VET-QRA scheme

If successful in gaining UK NARIC VET-QRA accreditation, providers are able to signal to stakeholders, including national authorities, students and employers, that they meet internationally recognised standards, and that their qualifications are benchmarked with the EQF.

EQF. In particular, VET-QRA accredited providers will be entitled to:

  • use of the VET-QRA Quality Mark
  • be listed on the VET-QRA section of the UK NARIC International Comparisons database, consulted worldwide to inform recognition decisions
  • disseminate their successful accreditation through UK NARIC global channels
  • share best practice with the VET-QRA and UK NARIC broader community.

If unsuccessful in gaining UK NARIC VET-QRA accreditation, providers will still be able to receive constructive feedback and recommendations for improvement.

Engaging with VET-QRA will in particular contribute to providers’ efforts to

  • internationalise
  • raise standards and quality
  • support student recruitment
  • facilitate the development of international partnerships
  • facilitate students’ international mobility
  • strengthen international reputation.

UK NARIC accreditation does not confer the power to award national qualifications. However, UK NARIC will seek to engage cooperatively with national authorities and with its global networks, with a view to facilitating recognition of qualifications, and where possible accreditation decisions.

UK NARIC might also in certain circumstances, and upon consent of the reviewed provider, consider cooperating with other agencies, such as professional accreditation bodies, in the implementation of VET-QRA, with a view to enhancing the efficiency and the benefits of the process.

Who can apply to the VET-QRA scheme?

Any Vocational Education and Training provider in good standing with the relevant home country’s' authorities can apply to the VET QRA scheme.

Providers will need to have been operational for a minimum of two years at the time of application; and have graduated at least one cohort of students. They will also need to be able to conduct the VET-QRA exercise in English. This can be supported by independent translation and interpretation.

For enquiries and more information contact us at: vetqra@naric.org.uk