Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance

As a student, you want to know that the college you are going to and the course you are considering is quality assured.  Quality and Qualifications Ireland has overall responsibility for Quality Assurance procedures in the non-university and Institutes of Technology sector in Ireland. ICHAS has agreed its quality assurance procedures with QQI and these are reviewed on an on-going basis. This agreement with QQI and the mechanisms within it for reviewing and maintaining quality are your guarantee of the quality of the programmes you are considering.

As part of our quality assurance procedures and in line with QQI guidelines, ICHAS programmes are reviewed on a five year cycle to ensure they are fit for purpose. All our programmes in counselling and psychotherapy were reviewed in 2015. Most importantly of all these programmes were reviewed against the new national standards developed in 2014 by QQI for counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland. All our programmes successfully completed the programmatic review process and we have become the first college in Ireland to meet these new counselling & psychotherapy standards. Meeting these new standards will greatly enhance the eligibility of our graduates for statutory regulation once it comes into place as indicated by government.

The College seeks to continuously improve on the quality of programmes delivered to learners, and quality is central to all we do at ICHAS. We review all our systems on an on-going basis, a process that involves all those in the college including our student body. ICHAS recognises that a key part of retaining public confidence in its activities is through providing evidence of the college’s ability to be self-critical and to evaluate its progress and activities and every five years we are subject to a full institutional review by QQI which involves both a national and international panel of experts.

We publish our QA manual so that the public can see the steps we take to ensure the quality of our procedures and processes. The latest version of the ICHAS QA Manual is available by clicking here.

‘QQI Award – Know it when you see it’

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Our range of professional degrees and short courses are some of the most modern and inovative available today. Whether you are training to be a professional, seeking to upgrade your skills and knowledge, or just want learn for your own personal development; we have the course for you.


M.A. Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy – Graduate 2011

Joining ICHAS at diploma level, my aspiration was to discover what counselling was about. After the diploma and through the Level 8 and Level 9 programmes, it became more about discovering who I was and then becoming a reflective counsellor. Understanding my self was most important if I was to help others with their journey. An additional benefit from this course was meeting so many different people from different backgrounds and with different views which taught me more about working with people, as a client or otherwise.

The college, course, staff and peers enabled this journey for me, where I have become a more holistic person. Now that I have ended up with a Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy through the various challenges along the way is a great achievement for me.


Sinead MCGuinness
(Graduate of the MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; BA (Hons) in Counselling and PsychotherapyBA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies)

I began my voyage with ICHAS in Studying for the BA degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy studies was the beginning of my voyage with ICHAS. I never imaged what an amazing voyage this would be and all the amazing people I would meet along my way.  I am still on my voyage and still meeting amazing people and still learning every day. My studies with ICHAS went further than I could ever have believed with finding myself growing both on a personal and professional level. The college at all times (more…)


Patrick Fitzgerald
(BA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies)

I came into ICHAS knowing that I wanted to help and work with people. Currently in my third year and all I can say is that I am amazed by how much I have grown both as a person and as a student. I was out of education for two years before starting and had fears and reservations about my ability as an academic and still not fully sure what I wanted to do with my life. The environment here compared to University’s or Institutes is not focused on just delivering the content and getting you through your degree or masters. Here they are looking at the individual behind the books and making sure that each student receives the same quality engagement that I have not seen anywhere else. ICHAS has allowed me over the last three years to see my true potential and ability through the stimulating learning environment here. I recommend this college to anyone looking into the areas of Counselling and Psychotherapy due to the high level of engagement with peers and lecturers.

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Walton House, Lonsdale Rd., National Technology Park,
Castletroy, Limerick, Ireland