Quality Check

The Deep Tech Talent Initiative brings together courses and training programs that are the right fit for the deep tech fields and sectors and provide value for the learners and the enterprises.

To publish a course on the Deep Tech Talent platform, Pledgers need to complete a course application in English, which will be quality checked by the Deep Tech Talent Initiative quality team, following the process below.


The following table explains the three stages making up the Quality Check process. More information and guidance are provided to Pledgers once they are registered and have an account to log in to the administration section of this website.

Submission of Course information

To make a course application, registered Pledgers need to fill out an online form in the administrative section of the website, including tick-box information about key features of the course and some descriptive information about the course.

The online form includes questions about the mandatory criteria that all courses must meet. For those who have not registered yet but would like to have an idea of the information required, a blank template can be viewed here and an exemplar of a completed form can be viewed here.

Quality Check

A Quality Checker from the Deep Tech Talent Initiative quality team will review the information provided and make a recommendation to a Course Approval Panel whether the course meets the criteria to be accepted. Sometimes, the Quality Checker may contact the Pledger to clarify or ask for additional information, but normally they will work with the information provided.

The Course Approval Panel will then review the recommendation and decide which of three possible outcomes should be applied:

1. Course accepted (no changes required)
2. Course conditionally accepted (minor changes required)
3. Course not accepted (revise and resubmit)

The expectation is that most courses should be accepted with no changes required if the application is complete and the course meets the mandatory criteria (below).

The Quality Check outcome will be valid for three years.

Notification of Quality Check outcome and feedback

Pledgers should receive notification of the Quality Check outcome within two months of submitting the course application and possibly sooner, depending when the course application is submitted within the two-monthly Quality Check cycle.

Instructions for next steps will be provided, which will vary depending on the outcome.

In most cases where the course is accepted, you will move on to the process for publishing the course description on the Deep Tech Talent website.

For outcome 2 (minor changes required), you will be given feedback about what needs to be adjusted, and these changes can be made and checked as part of the course publication process.

For outcome 3 (revise and resubmit), feedback will be provided as to the reason(s) why the course was not accepted and the changes required to revise and resubmit the course successfully.

For both outcomes 2 and 3, Pledgers will have the opportunity, if they wish, to challenge the outcome and request a review by a second Quality Checker.

Mandatory criteria

All courses and training programmes in the Deep Tech Talent Initiative need to meet the following mandatory criteria, which will be verified during the Quality Check process:

1.      The course must have a proven deep tech focus (see the Deep Tech Definitions document).

2.      The course should contain at least 50 hours of learning (guided learning and student learning hours/coursework combined) – or at least 25 hours if the course is aimed at under 18s.

3.      The course should be equivalent to at least level 3 European Qualification Framework (EQF) (secondary technical level).

4.      The training provider should issue a verifiable certificate of achievement or qualification.