An Act on the integrated qualification system (IQS) came into force in January 2016, covering formal education and supporting raising the quality of non-formal qualifications. It improves access to qualifications by making available information on existing qualifications.
The act defines a qualification and sets the rules for inclusion of a qualification in the IQS. Full qualifications of general, vocational and higher education that are awarded with certificates that confirm the attainment will indicate a level presented in Roman numerals. The levels of partial qualifications that are awarded in vocational and non-formal education are presented in Arabic numerals. The act defines three types of qualification:
- formal education qualifications (including higher);
- regulated qualifications (may be included in the IQS by ministers responsible for a given area);
- market qualifications (not regulated, partial only, may be included in the IQS by ministers responsible for a given area).
The IQS comprises:
- the Polish qualifications framework,
- the integrated qualifications register (all qualifications’ register www.rejestr.kwalifikcje.gov.pl since October 2016)
- quality assurance and validation principles.