What is ECVET?

The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a European instrument designed to support lifelong learning, the mobility of learners and the flexibility of learning pathways to achieve qualifications. Developed by Member States in cooperation with the European Commission, ECVET has been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2009. The adoption and implementation of ECVET in the participating countries is voluntary.

ECVET is based on concepts and principles  which are used in a systematic way to establish a common and user-friendly language for transparency, transfer, accumulation and recognition of learning outcomes. Some of these concepts and processes are already embedded in many qualifications systems across Europe. The main ECVET concepts and principles are:

  • Learning outcomes, which are statements of knowledge, skills and competence that can be achieved in a variety of learning contexts.

  • Units of learning outcomes that are components of qualifications. Units can be assessed, validated and recognised.

  • ECVET points, which provide additional information about units and qualifications in a numerical form.

  • Credit that is given for assessed and documented learning outcomes of a learner. Credit can be transferred to other contexts and accumulated to achieve a qualification on the basis of the qualifications standards and regulations existing in the participating countries.

  • Mutual trust and partnership among participating organisations. These are expressed in Memoranda of Understanding and Learning Agreements .