OTC Cert: Managing for Regulation and Inspection

  • Next commencement: Spring 2024
  • Application deadline: Contact the College







Certificate in Managing for Regulation and Inspection


03-05-2024 Contact the College


OTC / 6


13-05-2024Spring/Summer 2024 - Date TBD


Persons in Charge (PICs), Managers, Supervisors & those interested in developing first line management capabilities


27-05-2024 Date TBD / 9.30am - 4.00pm




23-06-2024 Date TBD


Blended / 6 Weeks




The course has the objective of supporting the student in examining the origins of regulation with Irish service provision and to review current regulation that is informing human service provision.

The student will also be facilitated to reflect on their own role as a manager in respect to the regulatory process and to prepare effectively for and undertake an evaluation of their own area of responsibility while finally designing an action plan in order to enhance the service.

The course is for people working in a human service environment for at least 10 hours per week as a team member, manager, PIC or PPIM. This is so that learners may both learn from their work environment and apply theory to it.

The course is QQI approved HET Award at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications.  Successful participants will be awarded a single subject Certificate in Managing for Regulation and Inspection and hold 10 Credits towards the Certificate in Applied Management (Human Services) (find out more on the link below).



On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

• outline the origins of regulation in human services
• recount the current regulation influencing human services
• discuss the role of the frontline manager in regulation and inspection
• design a plan to effectively engage with an inspection
• complete a short evaluation of your own area of responsibility and develop an action plan from this work

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Programme Modules

The course is delivered in 4 units. See them outlined below:

Unit 1: The Regulatory Environment: An Overview

The first unit aims to give the student an overview of the origins of regulation as it pertains to human service organisations and the current status of regulation relevant to their own organisation and area of responsibility.

Unit 2: The Application of Regulations

The Student will consider regulation in respect of their own organisation and area of responsibility, and how such regulation should, can does enhance the lives of the people availing of the organisation’s services.

Unit 3: Preparing for the Regulatory Inspection Process

This unit aims to facilitate the student in preparing effectively for the formal regulatory inspection process, and explores ways to support team members, service users and their family members, and other key stakeholders in preparing and planning for this.

Unit 4: Engaging with the Regulatory Inspection Visit

The aim of this unit is to facilitate the student in engaging effectively with the formal regulatory inspection visit to ensure that the process results in enhancement in the quality of services provided.


To complete the course you will need to write a 2,000-word paper that explores the relationship between the course materials and your role as a manager.

This is a practical assignment that will provide you with the opportunity to evaluate and expand your working practices in an environment where you have access to expert advice and the support of professional contemporaries.


Successful completion of the course will increase your ability to effectively manage an organisation and staff in a way that meets with current regulatory requirements.

The course is QQI approved HET Award at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Successful participants will be awarded a single subject Certificate in Managing for Regulation and Inspection award (10 Credits).

On completion of this course, you will also have completed a module from the Certificate in Applied Management, Level 6 (60 credits) programme.

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To apply you must:
• be either 23 years of age when you apply; OR
• have successfully completed a Leaving Certificate/QQI/FETAC Level 5 Certificate
• be working in a human service environment for at least 10 hours per week as team member/manager/PIC/PPIM.

Please note that the OTC is not registered with the Department of Justice on the ILEP (Interim List of Eligible Providers) and therefore cannot accommodate any international applicants seeking an education visa.

International applicants must provide appropriate documentary evidence of proficiency in English (i.e. IELTS 6.0).


Applications for this course are accepted through our Online Application Centre. To apply for the degree, you will need to:

  • Satisfy the entry requirements for the programme
  • Provide a range of documents to support your application
  • Submit a personal statement explaining why you want to apply

Supporting Documents and Forms to Download

You will need to provide us with a range of documents as part of your application. These are:


  • Proof of identity. Common examples included scanned copies of a driving license or passport (for international applicants).


  • Educational Transcripts: These are copies of previous educational achievements that confirm you satisfy the course entry requirements. They could, for example, include a copy of your leaving certificate or a scan of a level 5 certificate. It is particularly important that applicants wishing to transfer from another course, or be considered for Advanced Entry, provide transcripts confirming they have completed a Level 6/7 course worth at least 60 credits (NFQ) or more in Social Care or Social Studies within the last 10 years.
  • Employment Validation: Formal confirmation that you are working for more than 10 hours a week in a qualifying service is required. Please use the employer validation form we have provided for download below.
  • Personal Statement: This document essentially explains why you want to take the course and how you see it helping you achieve your professional and personal goals. You can learn more about  What is a Personal Statement and Why is it Important and download a simple document that will help you write it.
  • Volunteer Form: You will need to complete a Volunteer Form if you are currently working as a volunteer.
  • International Applicants: International applicants are required to provide documentary evidence of proficiency in English and eligibility to study in Ireland before beginning an accredited course. A document explaining why it is necessary and what documents are required for a successful application can be found below.

We generally recommend you gather together all the documents you will require to support your application before you begin but our online application system will allow you add documents as and when you have them once you've begun submitting your application. You can learn more by visiting the Online Application Centre.

Start Making your Application

All applications are processed through our application centre where you can:

  • Submit your application
  • Learn about what happens after you've made your application
  • Monitor the progress of your application

To visit the Online Application Centre, click on the link below.


Contact us if you want to know more about the course.

Call:  (+353) 86 0756580 (Business hours 9am-5pm)
Mail: Please use the contact form below.

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