The Diploma Supplement was a joint initiative of UNESCO-CEPES, the Council of Europe and the European Commission to recognise, in a transparent way, academic and professional qualifications in ‘States other than in which they were dispensed.’ In 2005 the Ministers for Education from the European Union issued the Berlin Communiqué which stated that ‘every student graduating from 2005 should receive the Diploma Supplement automatically and free of charge. It should be issued in a widely spoken European language.’ It is important to note that the Diploma Supplement is not a curriculum vitae or substitute for the original qualification. However, it is a document for both employers and higher education institutions for qualification assessment.
Am I entitled to a Diploma Supplement?
Every graduate (post 2005) and learner who graduated from Carlow College, St. Patrick’s with a QQI award worth 60 ECTS Credits or more is entitled to a Diploma Supplement. Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is committed to providing the Diploma Supplement to graduates within four weeks of the presentation of the parchment.
The first Diploma Supplement is free of charge, every subsequent Diploma Supplement requested is €50.00. Carlow College, St. Patrick’s will endeavour to issue Diploma Supplement’s within two weeks from the time that the original request for the Supplement is received.
Requesting a Diploma Supplement
To request a Diploma Supplement, please complete the Request for a Diploma Supplement and return this form to the Central Administration Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The process for re-issuing a Diploma Supplement will only begin once the appropriate fee is paid.