Malta Qualifications Council - MQC
The overall objective of the Malta Qualifications Council (MQC) is to steer the development of the National Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (NQF) and to oversee the training and certification leading to qualifications within the Framework and which are not already provided for at compulsory education institutions or degree awarding bodies. MQC is responsible for defining the levels of qualifications and competences within the NQF and for establishing standards related to qualifications within the Framework. Malta’s Qualifications Framework is at the forefront of European developments, achieving as it does, the inclusion of qualifications across compulsory, vocational and academic sectors into a single framework.
The central aims of the Malta Qualifications Council are to:
- Enable learners, employers and the public in general to understand the full range of qualifications available, how they relate to each other and how different types of qualifications can improve the skills, competences and the quality of life of the workforce;
- Help people access education and training in a lifelong context in order to fulfil their personal, social and economic potential;
- Assist training sectors and providers in the design of qualifications, assessment and certification that best fit the Levels of Qualifications in the Malta Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning;
- Accredit formal learning in vocational training;
- Validate informal and non-formal skills within the context of Malta’s Qualifications framework
MQC is committed to make the relationships between qualifications clearer and user friendly. It clarifies exit points and routes for progression within and across education and training sectors. It works towards increasing the opportunities for credit transfer. Over time, it will help accredit informal and non-formal learning, help sectors to design qualifications framework which best fit into the NQF and establish an accreditation system across all qualifications based on credit transfer.
MQC also stands for quality assurance (QA) in the provision of vocational education and training. In designing its QA policy, MQC will further develop guidelines to enable learners, training providers and industry achieve excellence and increase their competitiveness in an open market economy.
Since August 2008, the office of the Mutual Recognition Coordinator and the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre have been merged into MQC.
MQC is committed to:
- Promote and maintain the NQF and establish policies and criteria on which the Framework should be based;
- Approve and ensure the publication of national standards of knowledge, skills, competences and attitudes for each development sector;
- Endorse and ensure the publication of the procedures to be implemented by training agencies offering programmes of education and training programmes and certificates delivered by training agencies;
- Keep and issue official records of certificates awarded.
MQC aims at publishing and updating procedures which enable training providers to:
- Obtain accreditation of their training agency as established by MQC;
- Acquire MQC accreditation of vocational education and training programmes;
- Issue certification, including transcripts and cumulative records according to the established policies of MQC;
- Align qualifications to Malta’s Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning;
- Create qualifications in line with the policies established by MQC;
- Validate informal and non-formal learning as valued, accredited and certified by MQC.
MQC is the agency that provides a shared national context for qualifications. In describing qualifications within the Framework, MQC uses two principle measures: the level of the outcomes of learning and the volume of outcomes, described through a credit transfer system.
Throughout our lives we tend to acquire a range and variety of knowledge, skills and competences through formal, non-formal and informal learning. Through the National Qualifications Framework, there exists the possibility for all these forms of learning to be pegged within the framework. However, unfortunately, there is a lack of vocational trainings for people with learning disabilities. The Malta Qualifications Council firmly believes in valuing all forms of learning and hence the huge interest in participating in this project lies within the aim of this project – that of giving the possibility for training programmes offered for persons with learning disabilities to be level rated and eventually accredited within the National Qualifications Framework.
Contacts: Richard Curmi
Address: 16/18 Tower Promenade, St. Lucia SLC 1019, Malta
Tel.: +356 2180 1411
Fax: +356 2180 8758