Education, Qualifications and Competencies

AFEN programme Competencies Recordings Portfolio

We provide webinars to deliver learning which underpins our competencies. Our competencies have gone through several revisions since we started over 20 years ago. The latest versions are being developed into work-based learning qualifications; so that emergency nurses can get recognised credits for their clinical work and underpinning knowledge. 

This is the link to our most current competencies, our qualification units are available to members on our members area of our website. You will find find our repository of Portfolio Tools (which is growing) to help with your role and your portfolio development . There is also a calendar of upcoming events. We currently are providing three webinar series but in September we will commence our fourth series – Our MFEN programme. Some webinars recordings are available to non-members – to view these please click here.


Every Tuesday as part of the AFEN programme there is a two hour session. To view these you must be a FEN member and registered for the programme.


The third Thursday of every month we have a webinar for FEN assessors. These sessions are available for members and non-members.


The first Thursday of every month we have a rolling webinar series on various subjects in Emergency Nursing.


We accredit our qualifications through Agored Cymru, which is an awarding body recognised within the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW)[1] and is regulated by Qualifications Wales and Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulation (Ofqual) for England. The CQFW can be mapped to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) which provides a common framework of reference allowing comparisons of national qualification systems across Europe[2]. England, Northern Ireland and Wales use the same level six to eight as the EQF whilst Ireland and Scotland have added extra levels within their frameworks – see Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries (QAA 2019)2. In the CQFW and other frameworks, the title of the qualification will tell you the size and level of the units and qualifications [1]. The level determines the degree of difficulty from entry level to level 8 (Ireland Level 10 and Scotland level 12); and the size is identified by a term: Award for 1 to 12 credits, Certificate for 13 to 36 credits and a Diploma for 37 or more credits.

Our first qualification available is the Associate Level Qualification (AFEN) and is titled: Agored Cymru Level 6 Diploma in Emergency Nursing (Associate Level of Faculty of Emergency Nursing) (equivalent Ireland Level 7 to 8 and Scotland Level 9 to 10) and consists of 120 credits. All the Agored Cymru units with the learning outcomes and assessment criteria are  freely available in the members area of our website.  We support the qualificationby providing a purposefully designed programme which provides sessions for each of the eight units.  The aim of the AFEN programme, underpinned by the qualification, is to develop rounded, competent emergency nurses. The virtual programme of webinars runs weekly on Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9pm & is available on catch-up thereafter. The qualifications for Member and Fellow levels are under development with the Member qualification being written at CQFW level 7 (Ireland level 9 and Scotland level 10) and the Fellow qualification being written at CQFW level 8 (Ireland level 10 and Scotland level 12).  

Our Member level education programme starts in September 2021:  It is a two-year programme which will run weekly on a Thursday evening between 7 to 9pm and the webinars will be available on catch-up thereafter. The programme provides a mixture of dedicated MFEN education, assessor workshops and monthly webinars. The AFEN programme also supports many  of the clinical aspects of practice at MFEN level.. The aim of the MFEN programme is to develop proficient emergency nurse leaders at sister/charge nurse/clinical nurse manager I & II level.

[1] CQFW CQFW ebrochure (

[2] Qualifications can cross Boundaries: Qualifications can cross boundaries: Guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland (

You may wish to look at our FAQ page for answers to specific questions. We would like to build on this, so if your question has not been answered please contact us