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The IQ Customised Qualification Framework

The IQ Customised Qualifications Framework (CQF) is an IQ qualifications framework for industry and organisations, who want to keep some or complete ownership of their own qualifications. The CQF uses the same IQ systems and operates in exactly the same way as the QCF, thus ensuring appropriate and required external quality assurance from IQ.

The framework goes from entry level to level 8 signifying the different educational levels of difficulty.

Each qualification unit has a credit value based on its notional hours of learning (ie 1 credit equals 10 notional hours of learning). The qualifications come in 3 sizes:

  • Award ( between 1 to 12 credits)
  • Certificate (between 13 to 36 credits) or
  • Diploma (37 credits and above).

IQ names its CQF qualifications using the same educational level and the QCF size requirements, as follows; an IQ Level 3 Industry Award in........., an IQ Level 5 Organisation Certificate in........ By aligning the CQF rules and naming convention with the QCF credit framework and naming convention, IQ is able to ensure complete learner comparability, transferability and progression, between both frameworks.

CQF qualifications are normally privately funded by the industry or organisation involved in the qualification’s development and IQ has a complete service for helping industry and organisations develop their qualifications.

Types of Qualifications on the CQF

There are 2 qualification types in the IQ CQF.

An Organisation qualification is a qualification developed by an individual organisation, it is essentially only for their own use and it is owned by the organisation.

An Industry qualification is open to all those within the industry. The qualification is normally developed in partnership with an industry or sector body who wishes to give the industry a qualification ensuring national standards within the industry and it is normally owned by IQ.

Developing Qualifications with us

The IQ Customised Qualification Framework (CQF) is a qualifications framework which has exactly the same external quality assurance as the national QCF credit framework, with the quality assurance being provided by the Ofqual regulated, nationally recognised Awarding Organisation IQ.

The CQF has the same design principles as the QCF. The only difference being that the CQF is a qualifications framework, whilst the QCF is a unit framework.

For more information about gaining IQ accreditation for your in-house (organisation or industry) qualifications, please see the IQ guide to IQ Qualification Approval. We recommend that you contact us so that we can help you with gaining accreditation.