Relative Equivalencies of ICM Qualifications

The information below provides the relative equivalencies of ICM Qualifications when compared to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) and the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Ireland.  For each level a further explanation of the associated skills and knowledge descriptors are given.

Level 3

Knowledge descriptor (the holder…)

  • Has factual, procedural and theoretical knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to complete tasks and address problems that while well-defined, may be complex and non-routine
  • Can interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas
  • Is aware of the nature of the area of study or work
  • Is aware of different perspectives or approaches within the area of study or work


Skills descriptor (the holder can…)

  • Identify, select and use appropriate cognitive and practical skills, methods and procedures to address problems that while well-defined, may be complex and non-routine
  • Use appropriate investigation to inform actions
  • Review how effective methods and actions have been

Level 4

Knowledge descriptor (the holder…)

  • Has practical, theoretical or technical knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to address problems that are well defined but complex and non-routine
  • Can analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas
  • Is aware of the nature of approximate scope of the area of study or work
  • Has an informed awareness of different perspectives or approaches within the area of study or work


Skills descriptor (the holder can…)

  • Identify, adapt and use appropriate cognitive and practical skills to inform actions and address problems that are complex and non-routine while normally fairly well-defined
  • Review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results

Level 5

Knowledge descriptor (the holder…)

  • Has practical, theoretical or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to find ways forward in broadly defined, complex contexts. Can analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information, concepts and ideas
  • Is aware of the nature and scope of the area of study or work
  • Understands different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought


Skills descriptor (the holder can…)

  • Determine, adapt and use appropriate methods, cognitive and practical skills to address broadly defined, complex problems
  • Use relevant research or development to inform actions
  • Evaluate actions, methods and results

Level 6

Knowledge descriptor (the holder…)

  • Has advanced practical, conceptual or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to create ways forward in contexts where there are many interacting factors
  • Understands different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought and the theories that underpin them
  • Can critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex information, concepts and ideas


Skills descriptor (the holder can…)

  • Determine, refine, adapt and use appropriate methods and advanced cognitive and practical skills to address problems that have limited definition and involve many interacting factors
  • Use and, where appropriate, design relevant research and development to inform actions
  • Evaluate actions, methods and results and their implications

Level 7

Knowledge descriptor (the holder…)

  • Reformulates and uses practical, conceptual or technological knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to create ways forward in contexts where there are many interacting factors
  • Critically analyses, interprets and evaluates complex information, concepts and theories to produce modified conceptions
  • Understands the wider contexts in which the area of study or work is located
  • Understands current developments in the area of study or work
  • Understands different theoretical and methodological perspectives and how they affect the area of study or work


Skills descriptor (the holder can…)

  • Use specialised skills to conceptualise and address problematic situations that involve many interacting factors
  • Determine and use appropriate methodologies and approaches
  • Design and undertake research, development or strategic activities to inform or produce change in the area of work or study
  • Critically evaluate actions, methods and results and their short- and long-term implications