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Certificate in Validation

NFQ Level:  7
Credits: 10
Award Type: Special Purpose
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: Friday 6th December 2019
Modules: View Modules

Course Description

This Special Purpose Award in Validation provides an accredited level 7 qualification in Validation over one year for individuals who are seeking to up-skill or cross-skill in order to gain suitable employment in sectors such as biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. This programme targets employment roles in: production/manufacturing quality assurance regulatory affairs commissioning qualification validation and operation roles within pharmaceutical/biotechnology/medical device manufacturing companies. This is an industrially focused course where students gain valuable knowledge and key skills in subject areas pertinent to working in highly regulated manufacturing environments such as GMP, QA, QC and Validation.

Students will attain a knowledge and understanding of the principles of quality regulation as required by the principles of current Good Manufacturing Practice. The importance of validation of equipment, plant, utilities, processes and procedures in industry will be shown to be an essential approach to consistently producing products of the intended quality. The learner will gain an understanding of the increasing regulatory requirements relevant to the biomedical, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry.

The modules are focused not only on the biotechnological industries but also find applications into other regulatory compliant environments such as the pharmaceutical and medical technology sectors. This one-year programme, consisting of two five credit modules is delivered over two semesters by online delivery and industry supported seminars and workshops followed by examinations.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a level 6 higher certificate or equivalent qualification in a related area. The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies.


This programme will be delivered online parttime from January 2020 to December 2020.


Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the criteria under the Springboard+ initiative. Fee paying applicants: €1,110, however, for employed applicants the HEA will pay 90% of the programme fee, the remaining 10% will be collected before registration.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the programme students will have gained 10 credits at NFQ level 7 which may contribute to the achievement of other academic awards.


  • Introduction to Validation
  • Validation Science

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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