Recognition & Accreditation

Dorset College has been an established provider of Academic, Professional and Career focused courses for over 30 years.  We have a long standing reputation for excellence in Education, based on over thirty years experience providing programmes with clearly defined career paths and excellent academic progression.  Our graduates work in many of the leading industries in Ireland and abroad.

“We provide you with the opportunity to build your qualifications through a career path that meets your interests and aspirations in your chosen profession”

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

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

QQI ( is also responsible for the maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

Dorset College offers courses leading to QQI awards at level 5 & 6 and also QQI awards at Level 6 (Higher Certificate), Level 7 (Ordinary Bachelor Degree) and Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree).

(ACELS) The Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services

Dorset College is recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language teaching (ELT).  The Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services ACELS is a legacy function of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). ACELS is currently the national body responsible for the development and management of an inspection/ recognition scheme for English Language Teaching organisations. 

The Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services (ACELS) was established in 1969 under the auspices of the Irish Department of Education & Science to control standards in ELT schools and organisations through an inspection/recognition scheme.

CIPD-Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

CIPDThe Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world's largest Chartered HR and development professional body. The CIPD has an internationally recognised brand for HR Professionals.  The CIPD qualifications provide professional recognition in the field of HR, Training and Development. It leads to Associate membership of the CIPD upon successful completion.   A Royal Charter enables CIPD to confer individual chartered status on members who meet the required standards of knowledge, practice and behaviours.

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF) Pearson BTEC Level 5

The BTEC qualifications are based on the UK’s National Occupational Standards.  The Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy will allow students to go on to fully qualify as psychotherapists or open the door to other areas of further study. The diploma can facilitate a career in numerous areas of the social care sector from working with adolescents to supporting those availing of support from charitable. The Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (QCF) BTEC Level 5 (equivalent of first 2 years of degree).

ACCA Association Chartered Certified Accountants

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability.  They offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.  Their Professional qualifications are respected globally and access to companies, governments, regulators and practitioners around the world gives them a unique perspective on financial management and accountability in the public and private sectors.

Dorset College is one of ACCA’s “Gold” Approved Learning Partners

Registration directly with ACCA online:
ACCA Connect contact detail: Telephone: 01 4475678
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They open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.

CompTIA A+ / IT Essentials-PC Hardware & Software

The certification programs are the recognized industry standards for foundation-level information technology (IT) skills. CompTIA vendor-neutral certification programs are known throughout the technology community as one of the best ways to break into the information technology field and build a solid career.

This course is delivered through the Cisco Networking Academy Programme using the IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software curriculum. All IT Essentials courses are taught by CISCO Certified Instructors.

The CISCO Networking Academy

The CISCO Networking Academy helps individuals prepare for industry-recognized certifications and entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) careers in virtually every type of industry. The rapid growth of networks has created a global shortage of people who are qualified to implement and maintain networking solutions, especially in places where networks are being built to promote economic development. Networking Academy helps address the growing demand for ICT professionals through access to better training and career opportunities and enable individuals to successfully compete in the global economy. 

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate ((MCSA)

Microsoft IT AcademyThe Microsoft IT Academy program connects the world of education to the world of work by enabling faculty and students to acquire new technology skills in an academic setting. The program has been designed by education for education and will allow Microsoft to provide support for educators and partners to address the IT training needs of the present and future workforce in Ireland.  Microsoft IT Academies benefit from world-class Microsoft curriculums and cutting-edge software tools to tackle real-world challenges in the classroom environment.

Oracle - JAVA Associate & Profiessional

JAVAThe Oracle Certification demonstrates that you have a solid understanding of a job role and the Oracle products used in that role.  Being an Oracle Certified Professional can help raise your visibility and increase your access to the industry's most challenging opportunities. The Certification Program is valuable to hiring managers who want to distinguish among candidates for critical IT positions.

CIW Certified Internet Webmaster

CIW Internet skills certification offers industry-wide recognition of an individual's Internet and Web knowledge and skills, and is frequently a factor in hiring and assignment decisions. It also provides tangible evidence of a person's competency as an Internet professional. Holders of this certification can demonstrate to potential employers and clients that they have passed rigorous training and examination requirements that set them apart from non-certified competitors.

New European Computer Driving Licence

The New European Computer Driving Licence is the internationally recognised qualification that enables learners to demonstrate their competence in computer skills.  The course will enable learners to become more efficient and confident in their current job, develop their IT skills, and enhance their career prospects. It will provide those who gain this qualification with the opportunity to progress to other career focused courses and enhance their Job opportunities.  It is also ideal for those who require the skills for academic purposes or for personal reasons.