Development of a Vocational Transfer System – VQTS/VQTS II

The projects VQTS and VQTS II were coordinated by 3s, an Austrian research laboratory. In the fields of “Mechanical Engineering” and “Electronics/Electrical Engineering” they aimed at creating a systematic procedure to ensure international transfer of vocational qualifications. The first project developed a model for a structured description of work-related competences, consisting of the Competence Matrix, Competence Profiles and Competence Profile Certificates. It describes competences and their development based on empirical investigations of work-related competences within a specific occupational field. The second project sought to further develop the principles and methods for the design of the Competence Matrix.

The Competence Matrix contains work-related competence descriptions and the progress of competence development and can be used for those purposes where the transparency of competence profiles is very important, f. example for the transfer of vocational competences acquired abroad or for the transfer and recognition of competences acquired within the official VET system as well as for competences achieved through non-formal or formal learning.

It is possible to develop a Competence Matrix for different sectors or occupational fields. For example, the VQTS model has already been transferred among others to the field of tourism (ECVET-Tour: AT) or bakery (SME Master: DE).

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.


KO-Transfer – ECVET in the energy-saving construction sector

The KO-Transfer project was coordinated by BGZ, Berlin International Cooperation Agency and lasted from 2008 to 2010. The aim of the project was to improve transparency, comparability and cross-border recognition of construction-related qualifications.

The project activities comprised the development of competence standards (including learning outcome descriptions) and competence matrices for the following professions

  • Carpenter
  • Energy consultant
  • Technical assistant for data processing in construction.

Additionally a first draft for a model certificate was developed. It was designed as a supplement to the actual certificate and includes the respective competence standards, thus providing a documentation of the acquired competences.

The competence matrices display the competence area, the respective competence standards, and the training years. The matrices also include a reference to the respective EQF and NQF level. The learning outcomes descriptions are included in the competence standards, with one separate document for each competence standard. The competence matrices can facilitate the comparison of qualifications from different countries, which might also prove helpful when looking for suitable partners in mobility projects. It can help training providers from different countries to communicate the competence profile of their own training offers in a transparent way, to better understand other providers’ training offers, subsequently identify any similarities/overlapping, and create mutual trust among partners.

Find more information on the project website.

Interesting results and products can be found here.


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