Do you have QQI component certificates or qualifications from other awarding bodies that you intend to use as exemptions in order to achieve a major (full) award on completion of your current programme?

Claiming an exemption is a procedure carried out by a provider (in this case Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board) when entering a learner for certification in a major award.  An exemption can only be claimed for a learner who is applying for a major (full) award:

- If they hold an existing QQI component award


- If they hold an award made by another awarding body where the awarding body is nationally recognised in its own country and operating a quality assured awarding process e.g. State Examinations Commission (Leaving / Junior Certificate), ECDL, MOS, etc.

Five Year Rule

Please note that since January 2016, under QQI rules, only those awards which are no more than five years old at the time exemption is sought, may be used to claim an exemption. This means that in 2018, certificates dated before the equivalent month in 2013 cannot be used for the purpose of exemption. In 2019, the cut‐off year will be 2014, etc.

How to Apply

In order to apply for an exemption, please apply online by completing the form below.  Alternatively, you can download a manual version of the form, which you should complete and give to your module teacher as soon as possible. Your application will then be forwarded to the Quality Assurance Department, LOETB, Ridge Road, Portlaoise. 

It is very important that you apply for this exemption as soon as you start a course in order to ensure that you are eligible for the exemption for which you are applying.

Applications for exemptions must be received no later than three weeks from the commencement of your module.

An exemption must be submitted to QQI by the provider on behalf of the learner.

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Exemption Request

Please fill out this form to apply for an exemption
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  • Please list details of the certification you wish to use for exemptions. State the module Title and Code and Date on Certificate. Please note that you may be asked to provide copies of the certificate(s).*
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