Quartz Functionality

Registration, Achievement, Certification

Qualifications, Programmes
and Units

Document Management

Customer Relationship Management

Centre Approval
& Management


Integration with Local & National Systems

Tailoring and Development

Comprehensive and in depth

Quartz offers functionality to support core and additional operational areas of the work of awarding bodies.  Its range of functionality is comprehensive, but also in depth: that is, functions are not just superficially present, but have extra features and capabilities which have evolved from our work with over 30 awarding body organisations.

Functionality built in, not bolted on

Quartz is intended to provide the vast majority of functions required to run a modern awarding body’s operations.  These include built-in document management; built-in Microsoft Office integration; built-in CRM capability; and built-in support for key business processes including event management and centre approvals.

There are no add-on modules required - all the functionality described is included in the Quartz product. (Customer support and regular system upgrades are also included in the Quartz licence).

National initiatives and standards

Quartz supports multiple ways of working by implementing a totally flexible unit & module model for programmes/courses and qualifications.  Quartz is framework 'agnostic' - it can support the NQF, QCF, CQWF - or provision outside of any formal framework.  It is compliant with key national initiatives including compliance with MIAP data definitions (the CDD), use of the Unique Learner Number (ULN) and credit transfer requirements, and has a fully managed interface with the PLR, becoming in November 2011 the first system to be accredited for web-services operation with the PLR.


Portico Consulting has been engaged with the A2C initiative since the early days of the this important standard.  Quartz's architecture is fully aligned with A2C, with it's qualification and unit structures fully supporting all the requirements of A2C's "Qualification Elements" (QE's).

All the key A2C processes will be fully supported within Quartz for piloting from September 2015, with full operation being available from September 2016.

The links to the left give more information on each of the main functional areas.  However, the functionality is very extensive and not all features can be described on this web site or in the Quartz fact sheets.  Please contact us if there are specific facilities that you need which are not listed. We are happy to visit you to show you what Quartz can do for your awarding body or, if you just want a quick flavour, we can demonstrate Quartz at very short notice using our web conferencing facilities.  




Quartz Factsheet - Summary of Functionality

Click above to open a factsheet listing the main functional areas in Quartz(PDF, opens in a new window)



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