The Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCN NI) is a UK recognised Awarding Organisation based in Northern Ireland. We are regulated by CCEA Regulation to develop and award regulated professional and technical (vocational) qualifications from Entry Level up to and including Level 5 across all sector areas.  In addition, OCN NI are also regulated by Ofqual to award similar qualifications in England.

We are an educational charity and an Awarding Organisation that advances education by developing nationally recognised qualifications and recognising the achievements of adults and young people. We work with centres such as Further Education Colleges, Private Training Organisations, Voluntary & Community Organisations, Schools, SME’s and Public Sector bodies to provide learners with opportunities to progress into further learning and/or employment.

We are a not for profit organisation and re-invest all of our resources back into the development of new qualifications and educational resources.

What is an Awarding Organisation?

An Awarding Organisation (formerly known as Awarding Bodies) develops and awards qualifications to meet the needs of learners, employers and other stakeholders.

As an Awarding Organisation OCN NI develop high quality qualifications from Entry Level to Level 5 which help to meet the needs of learners and employers. We have registered over 360,000 learners throughout our history, and worked with over 400 organisations3.

OCN NI are at the forefront of education within Northern Ireland. We want to be your Awarding Organisation of choice. We are continually developing innovative Qualifications/Endorsed Courses and services to better support the needs of not only our centres and learners, but for the education sector throughout the UK and Ireland.

With access to over 500 nationally recognised qualifications4, OCN NI can support your learning, personal or corporate development needs in many ways. If you are interested in working with us, please do not hesitate to give us a call to see how we can support your organisation to take the necessary steps to deliver nationally recognised qualifications or endorsed courses.

To view our Qualifications please click here.