The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) is an association of respected, independent, private providers of quality higher level education. It was formed in 1991 to represent the interests of its member colleges.
Current HECA membership comprises most of the major independent colleges in the country. Membership is restricted to colleges meeting and abiding by stringent academic and operating regulatory criteria.
HECA members must be current providers of a programme or programmes at Level 7 and/or above on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, (INFQ), which are approved and validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland, (QQI).
At a national level, HECA works in partnership with The National Forum to help shape developments in teaching and learning enhancement across the Irish higher education sector. The National Forum is currently developing its strategy for 2019-2021.