OQF Frequently Asked Questions

OQF Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the Oman Qualifications Framework (OQF)?
The OQF is an instrument to describe; compare; and classify qualifications from all sectors of education and training in Oman. It is based on one set of generic Level Descriptors, which describe the expected outcomes at each of its ten levels. The OQF provides a reference point for qualifications delivered and awarded in Oman; the comparison between Omani qualifications and Foreign or International qualifications; and the Recognition of Prior Learning.
What are the benefits of the OQF for Learners?
•    Helps plan their learning 
•    Clarifies potential progression routes
•    Increases flexibility and access to qualifications from one sector to another
•    Credit transfer can help to avoid duplicating learning that has already been achieved
•    Helps the mobility of learners through the international recognition of Omani qualifications
What are the benefits of the OQF for Employers?
•    Helps understand the qualifications offered in Oman
•    Provides a method for describing the learning an individual has achieved; thus, helping recruitment
•    Encourages the development of qualifications which meet the needs of the labour market
•    Clarifies the relationship between national qualifications and foreign and international qualifications
What are the benefits of the OQF for Awarding Bodies, Education or Training Providers?
  • •    Helps develop mutual trust within the national qualifications system
    •    Provides a common reference point for all qualifications
    •    Supports the international recognition of Omani qualifications
    •    Supports the development of new qualifications
    •    Encourages collaboration between education and training providers within different sectors and with employers
To whom does the OQF apply?
The OQF applies to qualifications from all public and private sectors of education and training in Oman. 
What is meant by Listing a Qualification on the OQF?
An evaluation of an Omani qualification against the Listing Criteria and the OQF Level Descriptors to determine the OQF Level and the OQF Credit Value of the entire qualification.
What are the OQF Listing Criteria?
The Omani Awarding Body must: 
•    Own the programme leading to the qualification
•    Be established either by Royal Decree or have an institutional license

The qualification must have: 
•    A programme license from the relevant licensing body, as required by the Omani licensing regulations
•    Quality assurance measures in place  
•    Clear Learning Outcomes, which are subject to quality-assured summative assessment
Will Foreign and International Qualifications have to be Listed on the OQF?
Yes. Foreign and International qualifications delivered in Oman will be Aligned to the OQF.