European Credit Transfer System for Vocational Education and Training
The Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council on the establishment of a European Credit Transfer System for vocational education and training (ECVET) was officially adopted during the Czech presidency in May 2009.
The adoption and implementation of ECVET in the participating countries is voluntary.
It aims to facilitate the recognition, validation and accumulation of learning outcomes of individuals aiming to acquire a qualification which: 1. improves the general understanding of learning outcomes 2. increases transparency, cross-border citizens-mobility between and within Member countries 3. fosters learners and labour mobility and portability of qualifications in a borderless area of lifelong learning 4. supports flexibility of programmes and pathways to achieve qualifications, enhancing the opportunities for lifelong learning 5. makes it easier to recognise the learning -including non-formal learning- achieved by learners in other contexts
By 2012 countries are expected to have created the necessary conditions and taken measures for gradual implementation of ECVET to vocational qualifications at all levels of the European Qualifications Framework.
In 2014 (five years after the adoption of the ECVET Recommendation) the Commission will report to the European Parliament and the Council on the results of testing and assessment of actions taken at Member State level. This may result in a review and adaptation of the Technical Specifications on ECVET as described in the Annexes to the Recommendation
The European Commission will support the introduction of ECVET by:
- Developing user guidelines and further instruments
- Adapting the Europass documents
- Fostering a European ECVET network
- Evaluating, monitoring and accompanying the results and tests of ECVET and if necessary evaluating and adapting the ECVET recommendation in cooperation with the Member States