Recognition of prior learning (learning outcomes)
a) Formal recognition: the process of granting official status to skills and competences either through the:
– award of qualifications (certificates, diploma or titles); or
– grant of equivalence, credit units or waivers, validation of gained skills and/or competences;
(b) Social recognition: the acknowledgement of the value of skills and/or competences by economic and social stakeholders.
SOURCE: Terminology of European education and training policy-a selection of 100 key terms. CEDEFOP, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008.