the project aims at facilitating transfer and recognition of learning outcomes achieved abroad to achieve a qualification (Progressively accumulating learning, formalising achieved learning outcomes, progressing or upgrading a qualification).
In the first phase of this project, the five qualifications selected were analysed and compared with the national framework for qualification design and description (the education code which sets the regulatory framework; and the National guide on development of vocational qualifications); and the ECVET technical specifications. The analysis showed that in France, the qualification standard is the core of the qualification. It defines the competences to assess as well as the associated knowledge and groups these into units which are coherent with regard to a given professional situation. In this area, the French national standard of describing a qualification meets ECVET principles such as the definition of qualification in terms of learning outcomes, grouping of learning outcomes into units, etc.
The results of this first phase also showed that there is a need to clarify certain aspects of how French qualifications are described. The concepts/terminology used (activities, tasks, competences) are not always used and understood in the same manner from one qualification to another (this is because each time the committee in charge of designing the qualification is different). Furthermore there is a need to eliminate some aspects of qualifications descriptions that bring unnecessary complexity to the qualifications standards and hinder their legibility. This will feed into the updating of the National guide for development of vocational qualifications.
The involvement of partners could lead to future cooperation.