FAQs

   What is the process to apply for provider accreditation?
The process to apply for provider accreditation requires institutions to fill in the application from here​. Please ensure that all sections are fill in appropriately. 

When the application is first submitted to the NCFHE, the applicant will receive an invoice with 50% of the administrative fees. When this payment is settled, the first cycle of feedback on the application of provider accreditation is provided. Applicant will be requested to clarify of provider further documentation according to the Accreditation process. Furthermore, applicants will receive feedback and guiding questions of the documentation requested. Two cycles of feedback are normally given in order to help providers to develop their own internal quality assurance policy document. 

   What criteria must be in place for a provider to be eligible for a licence?
In order for a provider to be eligible for a licence, the following criteria need to be in place:​
  • ​At least one accredited programme on the Malta Qualifications Framework and/or European Qualification Framework;
  • Qualified academic staff and Head of Institution (CVs will need to be submitted with the attached application);
  • A fully functional Internal Quality Assurance mechanism: please refer to the National Quality Assurance Framework for Further and Higher Education;
  • Certified premises that are accessible to disabled users (also please refer to Communication 03/2015).
  • The NCFHE may grant a temporary license for a one year period, during which the provider is expected to become in line with all the requirements. Once all requirements are met, a full license covering a five year period will be issued. After such period elapses, the provider needs to submit an application for renewal with the NCFHE.

       ​What is the process to apply for programme accreditation?
    For the accreditation of a national programme, there are three application templates to choose from, depending on the type of programme:

  • ​Further Education programmes (MQF Level 1-4),
  • Partial Higher Education Programmes (MQF Levels 5-8),
  • Full Higher Education Programmes (MQF Level 5-8).

  • The application forms may be found from here. When the application for programme accreditation first submitted to the NCFHE, the applicant will receive an invoice with 50% of the administrative fee . When this payment is settled, the first cycle of feedback on the application is given. The purpose of the first cycle of feedback is to ensure that the application is filled in according to the guidelines established by the NCFHE. Another two cycles of feedback are given, with comments from the external evaluator sub-contracted by the NCFHE. The external evaluator is normally contracted on the basis that the individual is deemed to be knowledgeable in the subject area of the programme that is being evaluated.  When these cycles of feedback are concluded and any arising changes incorporated in the application, the final course description is deemed to be accredited and therefore allocated an MQF level and listed on the online list of accredited courses.  

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