ECVET credits

Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

What is ECVET?

The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a European instrument to support lifelong learning aiming at building a European framework for recognising vocational qualifications.

ECVET takes its cue from the Erasmus Programme. With Erasmus, vocational education learners should be able to spend training periods abroad and receive a recognition of such training in their home countries.


Why use ECVET?

The main goal of ECVET is to foster the mobility of vocational education learners across Europe. The scope of ECVET is, nevertheless, broader, as it encompasses other substantial issues:

  • The mobility of workers across and towards Europe, and the need for a recognition of their qualifications
  • The mobility of workers in the European and national labour market, in the context of the so-called labour market flexibility, with frequent transfers to different activities
  • The workers' need for 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.


How does ECVET work?

Successful ECVET implementation requires that qualifications are described in terms of LEARNING OUTCOMES, with learning outcomes brought together in units, and units often accumulated to form the basis of qualifications or awards. Assessment, validation and recognition processes are also important elements of the ECVET System. 

The introduction of Learning Outcomes shifts the focus from an input model to an output model of qualification. The Learning Outcome model is the only entrance door to the ECVET framework. 

Learning Outcomes are statements of what a learner knows, understands and is able to do after completion of learning.  In other words, Learning Outcomes determine the advancements in learning gained by a learner after a period of study or training, in terms of knowledge, skills and competencies.

The learning outcomes approach ensures a better understanding and comparability of qualifications and learning achievements across countries.