IQN is a global provider of professional certifications and diplomas. All IQN qualifications are recognised on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The SCQF is one of the national qualifications frameworks in the UK and is managed by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership. The SCQF is a partnership between the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), College Development Network, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Universities Scotland.

How can I verify the recognition of IQN Qualifications?

Only qualifications which are SCQF credit-rated are listed on the SCQF database. Since IQN qualifications are recognised on the SCQF, the SCQF online database includes all IQN qualifications. You can use weblink below and search by ‘IQN’ (as “Qualification Owner”) in order to verify the recognition of IQN qualifications within the national qualifications framework of Scotland. www.scqf.org.uk/the-framework/search-database/

What are SCQF Credit and SCQF Level?

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) is Scotland’s national qualifications framework. The SCQF brings together all the mainstream Scottish qualifications and also include IQN qualifications. Through credit rating process, IQN qualifications have received SCQF credit points, which show how much learning has been achieved, and a SCQF level which shows how demanding the learning is.

Which organisations assure the quality of IQN qualifications?

To be eligible to be placed on the SCQF, qualifications must be based on learning outcomes and assessed in a valid, reliable and quality-assured way. All IQN qualifications are quality assured by respective SCQF credit rating bodies. SCQF credit rating is a mechanism for organisations to formally allocate SCQF levels and credits to their learning and have that learning placed on Scotland’s national qualifications framework. IQN qualifications are subject to strict annual monitoring by respective SCQF credit rating bodies.

How does IQN get qualifications on to the SCQF?

SCQF credit rating bodies follow a consistent process of credit rating with guidance from the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership. IQN qualifications are recognised on the SCQF since IQN qualifications continue to meet the following criteria:
1. IQN qualifications are based on learning outcomes;
2. IQN qualifications are of minimum of 10 notional learning hours;
3. IQN qualifications are formally assessed; and
4. IQN qualifications are quality assured.

What are the benefits of the SCQF recognition?

The SCQF recognition ensures that IQN qualifications will be recognised not just in Scotland but across the rest of UK and Europe. The SCQF recognition helps students to relate IQN qualifications to nationally recognised qualifications. The SCQF recognition adds value to IQN qualifications and does give IQN an edge over other global qualification providers. The SCQF recognises the learning achieved by IQN students, thus improving students’ morale and self-esteem.

What are the IQN diplomas that are recognised on the SCQF?
There are a number of IQN diplomas that are recognised on the SCQF. The most popular ones are listed in the following table:

Diploma Title SCQF Level SCQF Credit Awarding Body
Diploma in Human Resource Management 7 10 IQN
Marketing 7 10 IQN
Supply Chain Management 7 10 IQN
Hospitality Management 7 10 IQN
Business English 5 10 IQN

What is European Qualifications Framework (EQF)?

Since IQN qualifications are recognised on the national qualifications framework in the UK, IQN qualifications are also mapped against the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). EQF is a European-wide qualifications framework which joins the qualifications of different European countries. In a way, it is a translation of different national qualifications which makes qualifications in different EU countries easier to understand. The EQF was formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in April 2008. The SCQF has already completed the cross reference of its frameworks to EQF.

What are the EQF levels of IQN qualifications?

The following table lists down the EQF level for the most popular IQN qualifications.

Diploma Title SCQF Level EQF Level
Diploma in Human Resource Management 7 5
Diploma in Marketing 7 5
Diploma in Supply Chain Management 7 5
Diploma in Business English 5 3
Diploma in Hospitality Management 7 5
Certified Project Management Analyst (CPMA) 7 5
Certified Business Manager (CBM) 6 4
Certified Finance Specialist (CFS) 8 5
Global Certificate for Management Accountants 8 5

The SCQF database also includes corresponding EQF levels. You can find the EQF level of all IQN qualifications by browsing through following link: www.scqf.org.uk/the-framework/search-database/

What is the role of the Scottish Qualifications Authority?

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate. SQA’s functions are set out in the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 as amended by the Scottish Qualifications Act 2002. SQA’s approach to quality assurance is based on partnership, fairness and transparency. Selected IQN qualifications are awarded by SQA. Under legally binding agreement, IQN works in partnership with the SQA to implement a number of customised qualifications.

SQA validates IQN qualifications (makes sure they are well written and meet the needs of students). SQA reviews IQN qualifications to ensure they are up to date. As an organisation, IQN is also subject to system verification conducted by SQA.

What are the qualifications jointly certificated by SQA & IQN?

The following qualifications are SCQF credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). SQA also issues certificates for these qualifications.

Qualification Title SCQF Level SCQF Credit
Certified Business Manager (CBM) 6 90
Certified Finance Specialist (CFS) 8 80
Global Certificate for Management Accountants (GCMA) 8 120