The General Directorate of National Qualifications Framework (GDQ) started operating in the Education & Training Quality Authority (BQA), which was established by Royal Decree (32 2008), after the responsibility of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) was assigned to BQA among its other responsibilities by Royal Decree (83 2012). The core responsibility of the GDQ is to administrate and maintain the NQF in line with the NQF General Policies.
The GDQ comprise two main Directorates.
Directorate of National Framework Operations (DFO),
which is responsible to:
set, operate and follow-up a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to achieve the Directorate’s strategic plans in line with the BQA vision and overall Strategy
review, evaluate and update the NQF in line with the international development and practices, and prepare the necessary reports on the NQF periodic studies and reviews of the NQF overall performance
prepare and implement plans for placement of the national qualifications and institutional listing of education and training institutions onto the NQF from vocational and training institutions to general education and up to higher education, and follow-up the qualifications that have been placed
receive and review requests for institutional listing and placing the national qualifications as well as analyze the results and publish them in accordance with the applicable regulations and instructions
verify and validate the qualifications, assess learning outcomes to place the national qualifications on the NQF.
A process by which the GDQ ensures that an institution has established proper formal arrangements to maintain the standards of their national qualifications placed on the NQF.
Institutional Listing Standards:
Access, Transfer and Progression
Qualification Development, Approval and Review
Assessment Design and Moderation
Certification and Authentication
Continuous Quality Improvements
The process of placing a national qualification on the NQF after fulfilling the validation standards.
The Eligible Qualifications for the NQF placement must:
have a valid licence/approval issued by the appropriate regulatory body
(e.g. Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Education, Higher Education Council, etc.)
be developed and delivered in
the Kingdom of
be internally quality assured within the institution
comprise at least ten notional learning hours
meet the NQF
qualification design requirements
The process to ensure that a qualification is credible and fit-for-purpose, according to specified validation standards.
Qualifications are validated using the following standards:
Justification of Need
Appropriateness of qualification design, content and structure
Appropriateness of assessment
Appropriateness of NQF levels and credit values
Directorate of Academic Cooperation & Coordination (DAC),
which is responsible to:
set and update policies, standards, regulations, mechanisms, controls and supporting forms from the culture for lifelong learning and educational and vocational guidance and transfer credit hours and transition between paths education and training
reference the NQF with other regional and international qualifications framework through the signing of memoranda of understanding and agreement, and propose mechanisms from referencing and do the necessary studies
contribute effectively to the development of the GCC qualifications framework system in coordination with the GCC states and through the General Secretarial of the Council
alignment of the foreign qualifications to the NQF levels
produce NQF educational brochures and materials to define and spread the culture of lifelong learning, and approve the learning outcomes in the development of national qualifications and linking them with the needs of the labour market
provide technical support for all education and training institutes through the provision of consultancy, conduction of workshops and training of the qualifications-related staff of education and training institutions on the recognition of lifelong learning and provide them with guidance.
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