SIPTU College manages the ICTU/SIPTU Trade Union Studies Certificate programme for the National College of Ireland (NCI). It is a nationally and internationally recognised award at Level 6 on the National Qualification Framework – see this link National Qualification Framework
In order that any such certificate can be awarded, a process of ‘validation’ is required. Validation is a regulatory process that determines if an award can be offered by an education and training provider, such as SIPTU College. This process is required for any programme that intends to enrol learners and the validation generally lasts for five years. After this time, a provider must then apply for ‘Revalidation’ which involves a substantial internal and external review of the entire programme.
We have conducted this review and have engaged with past learners; prospective learners; union members and staff. Taking on board all of the suggestions, we have designed a new look Trade Union Studies. We have added new modules; split some into shorter modules and found ways to make the programme more relevant, more enjoyable and easier for you to access.
Subject to approval, we hope to offer the new programme from September 2020 and this is what it looks like – September 2020