1 HECA Membership Requirements
- 1.1 HECA members must be current providers of courses approved and validated by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) – formerly NCEA college designation - or providers of degree level courses accredited by an internationally recognised institution and approved by the Department of Education.
- 1.2 HECA members must be academically and/or financially bonded colleges with tangible arrangements in place for the protection of their students.
- 1.3 HECA members must comply with the guidelines and regulations set out and agreed by its members for the recruitment, admission, teaching, assessment, progression and pastoral care of its full-time students.
- 1.4 HECA members can only provide courses to their full-time students that comply with the following criteria:
- 1.4.1 Courses that are formally validated by an internationally recognised awarding body, which is approved by the Department of Education.
- 1.4.2 Courses that are not less than six (6) months in duration, i.e. courses that incorporate not less than 360 contact hours.
- 1.4.3 Courses that have a formal assessment element and that are subject to external validation by the awarding body.
- 1.4.4 Courses that lead to a formal recognised qualification at level 7 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework.
- 1.4.5 Courses that have in place formal delivery and assessment quality assurance systems.
Applications for membership of HECA should be submitted in writing to the chairman of HECA. A membership levy, of an amount to be determined annually, will be charged.
2 Benefits of HECA Membership
- 2.1 HECA provides a united voice in government and legislative circles. It is a powerful lobby group comprising the key players in the approved independent third level education sector.
- 2.2 HECA is represented on the Department of Education and Skills’ High Level Group on International Education.
- 2.3 HECA provides a forum to discuss common key issues, concerns and opportunities in the sector and to implement solutions, alliances, academic bonding arrangements, to share ideas, form collaborations and to instigate mutually beneficial initiatives.
- 2.4 HECA provides the opportunity for its members to participate in its conferences. These provide a platform for colleges to promote themselves, to examine key issues influencing the sector and to contribute to the development of education in Ireland.
- 2.5 HECA participates in the various seminars and meetings of the Bologna convention. This affords colleges the opportunity to participate at the leading edge of European educational initiatives and to contribute to its future.
- 2.6 HECA is represented on the Irish Higher Education Quality Network (IHEQN) committee.