Awarding Bodies are organisations that are authorised to make awards, certification, or award qualifications. lists all of the awarding bodies for third level and PLC courses in Ireland, the UK and abroad. Most major awards are made by bodies with statutory powers, but there are also many professional organisations that make their own awards. While courses and educational programmes in colleges and universties in Ireland lead to qualifications from Irish awarding bodies, it sometimes be the case that courses lead to non-Irish awards, for example awards from international bodies, or national awards from other countries.

Certain Irish institutions are both providers of courses / programmes and awarding bodies in their own right: these are the Irish universities and the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

In Ireland, following the changes in the qualifications system as a result recent legislation, the number of statutory bodies has been reduced as the new awards councils FETAC and HETAC have assumed the the awarding functions previously fulfilled by several other Irish organisations such as the National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA), National Council for Vocational Awards (NCVA), Solas, Teagasc, the National Tourism Certification Board (CERT) and Bord Iascaigh Mhara. lists all of the awarding bodies in Ireland and the UK below.