A redesigned version of the Polish Integrated Qualifications Register (IQR) website was launched. The updated version is more user-friendly and features an intuitive interface, unified colour scheme and a simple menu layout. An English version was added.
In May 2021, a redesigned version of the Polish Integrated Qualifications Register (IQR) website was launched. The register is available at https://kwalifikacje.gov.pl. The redesigned version of the website is more user-friendly and features an intuitive interface, unified colour scheme and a simple menu layout. At the heart of the system are new search engines: Qualifications (IQR) and Awarding Bodies (IQR). Detailed information on qualifications and on the institutions awarding certificates can be found more easily and quickly.
The qualifications and awarding bodies search engine has been developed based on good practices as well as user experience (UX) studies. The engine allows for full-text search of descriptive content and filtering of results according to multiple categories, including ISCED classification, industry and the Polish Classification of Activities. The search engine also allows the user to find qualifications available close to where they live, and shows the location of awarding bodies on the map.
Along with the updated Integrated Qualifications Register, additional applications were launched to personalise access to the portal's resources: "Compass" and "Development Paths". They show related qualifications, group them thematically based on the skills and learning outcomes, and can even suggest an optimal career path.
Part of the website, designed for selected groups of stakeholders, is available after logging in. It offers tools for institutions which want to add new qualifications to the Integrated Qualification System (IQS). This is also the part of the website where institutions can apply to become awarding bodies which confirm the knowledge and skills of candidates. This section also includes tools for monitoring and supporting quality management of the whole system.
An English-language version of the website is also a recent addition. It will gradually be expanded to include information in English about selected qualifications, prepared specially for the purposes of the Integrated Qualification System by, for example, universities (one such description is available at https://kwalifikacje.gov.pl/en). Some of the information will be part of the ESCO platform, which will allow for testing the automation of linking learning outcomes (within qualifications) with the skills from the ESCO database.