Certification by units in order to valorise achievements (Progressively accumulating learning /Changing the pathway and qualification within the same qualification system)
The project developed a new approach embedding knowledge, skills and competences in a progressive spiral-like manner: The units to achieve at the beginning of the pathway combine the basic knowledge, skills and competence. As learners make progress, more complexity is required and the basic learning outcomes are further developed. At the end of the pathway learners have to demonstrate that they are capable to combine the different learning outcomes by carrying out complex tasks and activities. The CPU approach is tested in two manners:
Assessment is undertaken progressively. The final unit of a given qualification integrates knowledge, skills and competence that are complex and require higher levels of autonomy in a complex assessment. Structuring qualifications in units will help to diversify profiles by adding optional units.
However, the definition of units of learning outcomes in Belgium-fr now has is in the responsibility of the Professions and qualification standards service; (Service Francophone des Métiers et des Qualifications). The qualification standards for all VET- providers is now undertaken on regional level (French-speaking community of Belgium), which makes mobility between providers much easier.
Methods to assigning points have also been previously developed.