The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training

The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training aims to facilitate the validation of learning that took place outside of the formal national vocational education and training system. This can be a learning period spend abroad during a formal VET programme, learning that took place informally and non-formally such as on the workplace or any other kind of prior learning.

Making use of any kind of European citizens learning on the labour market and within education and training

Industry in Europe is facing more and more shortages of skills and talents with regard to skilled workers. At the same time requirements on workers skills are more and more increasing. Especially within transport and logistics the European dimension of the industry as well as work experience play a crucial role. But a huge part of workers qualifications especially in these contexts are simply not provable in terms of formal certificates because they have been obtained in settings that are not recognised. Especially at transition periods such as in times of job search, when seeking talents to fill positions or when entering into further education programmes the visibility of such qualifications is key in order to avoid mismatches and to safe time and money.  

Receiving formal recognition for any kind of learning based on the outcomes of learning  

Just as within the EQF learning outcomes are the key for the realisation of the recognition of learning with ECVET because - contrary to the way of learning or other learning inputs - the learning outcomes can be compared regardless of the context they have been achieved in. This applies equally to a learner spending a part of his/her VET programme abroad or a worker who obtained abilities on the workplace. ECVET serves as a European tool in order to facilitate related recognition processes not only nationally but across borders in Europe.

ECVET in praxis

Please find further information on the practical implementation of ECVET in the context of learner mobility and within the recognition of non- and informal learning in the following practical guides:

The guides are also available in different language versions:

The following examples from the hospitality sector show how ECVET can support employers and workers in their career development:

Video source: ECVET-TOUR (