All Ireland Endorsement Body for Community Work Education and Training

AIEB was established in 2010 as an all island body to support and promote quality community work/community development and ensure standards and quality in practice.

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Statement of Individual Recognition

The Pilot AIEB Individual Recognition Scheme is a mechanism to support employed Community Work practitioners with extensive experience but without endorsed professional community work qualifications to gain professional recognition. This pilot initiative draws on practices used in other social professions and is an individual route to recognition of professional experience and practice.

Community Work Standards

The All Ireland Standards for Community Work were published by AIEB in 2016 following a review of the document Towards Standards for Quality Community Work to provide the foundation and guiding framework for community development in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

These Standards articulate and re-emphasis the key values and associated knowledge, skills and qualities required for the practice of effective community development work.

AIEB Endorsement

AIEB seeks to build an inclusive framework for the endorsement of community work education and training at all levels as laid out in the All Ireland Standards for Community Work developed in 2016 by AIEB in association with Community Work Ireland.

AIEB endorsement benchmarks community work/community development as a profession in its own right requiring specific skills, values, knowledge and qualities. It provides clear and direct guidance on standards of professional practice and education and training programmes that meet those standards.

AIEB Endorsed Programmes

AIEB endorsed programmes have undergone a rigorous process to ensure that the education providers adhere to a set of guidelines for delivery and for programme content. AIEB endorsement sets the professional standards for the content and process of programmes to prepare students to develop the requisite knowledge, skills and qualities essential to quality community work practice.

AIEB Endorsed Programmes are available at:

Latest News

Funding Application Deadline Extended to May 17th

The deadline for receipt of applications from providers/ sponsors for support deliver an Introductory Community Work Education and Training Programme has…

Unique Community Work Education and Training Opportunity

Are you involved in a voluntary or paid capacity in community work and would you like to learn more about community work and its values and principles? Are…

AIEB Bursary Fund Information and Application Form

Supporting Access to Endorsed Professional Postgraduate Community Work Education and Training. Are you working as a community worker, manager of a community…

AIEB at World Community Development Conference 2023

Anastasia Crickley and Anna Clarke, June 21st , WCDC 2023Speaking at the closing plenary on Wednesday June 21st in Darwin Australia, Anastasia…