European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training

Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009 on the establishment of a European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training
Recommendation of the Council of the European Union of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning
ECVET Questions and Answers

ecvetThe European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training, often referred to as ECVET, is a technical framework for the transfer, recognition and (where appropriate) accumulation of individuals’ learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification. Guided by a European-level Recommendation, ECVET tools and methodology comprise a description of qualifications in terms of units of learning outcomes, a transfer and accumulation process and series of complementary documents such as learning agreements, personal transcripts and user guides. ECVET is intended to facilitate the recognition of learning outcomes in accordance with national legislation, in the framework of mobility, for the purpose of achieving a qualification.

ECVET aims to support the mobility of European citizens, facilitating lifelong learning (formal, informal and non-formal learning) and providing greater transparency in terms of individual learning experiences, making it more attractive to move between different countries and different learning environments.

At a systems level, ECVET aims towards better compatibility between the different vocational education and training (VET) systems in place across Europe, and their qualifications.

From a geographical mobility perspective, ECVET aims at facilitating validation, recognition and accumulation of skills and knowledge acquired during a stay in another country, with a view to ensuring that such experiences contribute to the achievement of vocational qualifications.
ECVET brings a range of benefits to all those involved in geographical mobility and lifelong learning.
The aim of the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is to:
make it easier for people to get validation and recognition of work-related skills and knowledge acquired in different systems and countries – so that they can count towards vocational qualifications;
make it more attractive to move between different countries and learning environments;
increase the compatibility between the different vocational education and training (VET) systems in place across Europe, and the qualifications they offer;
increase the employability of VET graduates and the confidence of employers that each VET qualification requires specific skills and knowledge.


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