The Minister of Education announced the call for the entities to be entitled to act as an external quality assurance institution to certification bodies (abbreviated in polish to PZZJ). Under the Act on the Integrated Qualifications System PZZJ operate on the basis of agreements with ministers – the owners of qualifications. The minister may sign an agreement only with such an entity, which is located on the list of external quality assurance entities.
The call is the first announced by the Minister of National Education. Announcement can be found by clicking the link.
Manual for applying for entry on the list is available at this link.
Pursuant to the Act on the Integrated Qualifications System, along with an application for entry of a market qualification, the applicant may submit an application for authorisation to certify such qualification. In such case, the applicant shall pay a lower fee for the application for authorisation to certify, i.e. PLN 5,000 instead of PLN 10,000.
The lower fee will apply to applications for authorisation to certify that were submitted before the Minister has made an announcement on entry of a market qualification in the IQS (Article 25(1)) and that correct in formal terms.
An application for authorisation to certify qualifications, submitted along with an application for entry of a market qualification (Article 14(2)) shall be examined by the Minister after making the announcement on entry of a market qualification into the IQS (Article 26(1)(2)). The fee shall be paid after the announcement is made (Article 26(2)).
Pursuant to Article 17(1) and Article 43(1) of the Act of 22 December 2015 on the Integrated Qualifications System (Journal of Laws of 2016, item 64), the Minister of National Education hereby informs that the fees for applications for entry of qualifications into the IQS (Article 14(1) of the Act) and applications for authorisation to certify qualifications (Article 41(2) of the Act) should be paid to the following account:
Narodowy Bank Polski Regional Branch in Warsaw
No 59 1010 1010 0031 2822 3100 0000
Upon payment of a fee:
1) for an application for entry of a qualification into the IQS, in the amount of PLN 2,000, the following should be entered into the reference field of the bank transfer:
IQS Article 14.1 – .....................................
(name of qualification)
2) for an application for authorisation to certify qualifications entered into the IQS, in the amount of PLN 10,000 (or PLN 5,000 in the case of applications submitted along with an application for entry of a qualification into the IQS – pursuant to Article 26(2) of the Act), the following should be entered into the reference field of the bank transfer:
IQS Article 41.2 – .....................................
(name of qualification)
The Integrated Qualifications Register (IQR) was launched on 15 July 2016.
The Integrated Qualifications Register (IQR) is a public register with information on qualifications awarded in Poland. The functioning of the IQR is regulated by the Act of 22 December 2015 on the Integrated Qualifications System (IQS) and the Register is operated by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP). The Minister Coordinator, i.e. the Minister of National Education, is responsible for appropriate functioning of the IQS.
The Register will include information on qualifications awarded in Poland and will gather information on institutions responsible for endorsement of awarded qualifications, regardless of whether they were previously included in other registers kept by various ministries, sectors, communities or institutions.
Pursuant to the Act, the first qualifications to be included in the IQR were the qualifications from the general, vocational and higher education system. The Register will include also market qualifications submitted by the interested entities, e.g. representatives of individual sectors, trainings institutions, crafts.
In order to be entered into the IQR, a market qualification must undergo a verification process defined in the Act on the IQS and be assigned with a level of the Polish Qualifications Framework (PQF). The entry of a qualification into the IQR will thus mean that its credibility and quality have been confirmed by public authorities and that thanks to its assignment to a PQF level the qualification may be compared to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
The IQS will enable comparability of diplomas and certificates in Poland and abroad, and will improve the quality of trainings and courses.
Benefits from the introduction of the IQS:
- faster, simpler and more accessible way of obtaining certificates of attained qualifications;
- clear method of assessing the offer of a given educational institution or a training company;
- simpler professional development planning;
- easier and clearer method of demonstrating one’s qualifications to the employer;
- more effective and efficient search for employees, planning of payroll and training for employees;
- organised presentation of the offer of training companies and other organisations providing various forms of education.
Credentials and certificates not included in the IQR for which there is a social demand will continue to function as previously.
The IQR operation by the PARP is a continuation of a project implemented under the Human Capital Operational Programme by the Educational Research Institute under which the first version of the IQR was created (before the entry into force of the Act on the IQS).
You are invited to browse full qualifications (awarded in the general, vocational and higher education system) entered into the IQR.
Entities interested in entry of market qualifications into the IQR should read the Instruction.