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ERIC Number: ED560843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-92-896-1302-6
ISSN: ISSN-1831-2411
Opportunities and Challenges for ECVET, the Vocational Credit Transfer System. Briefing Note
Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
The European credit system for vocational education and training (ECVET) is one of the European instruments designed to make VET systems more transparent. It aims to make it easier for vocational students to move between learning institutions, whether in the same country or abroad. ECVET, which concerns qualifications at all levels of the European qualifications framework (EQF): (1) allows transfer of units of learning outcomes; (2) operates through partnerships between institutions; and (3) eliminates the need for a second assessment of students moving between these institutions. Countries have developed ECVET following a recommendation of the European Parliament and Council in accordance with their policy priorities and development of their qualifications systems. Cedefop analyses developments and publishes an annual monitoring report, which includes a country-by-country analysis. This Briefing Note discusses testing of the ECVET system in transnational pilot projects, European Union funding, perception of the value of ECVET in different countries, moving between general and vocational education, and compatibility challenges. Finally, policy implications are described.
Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. P.O. Box 22427, Finikas, Thessaloniki, GR-55102. Tel: 30-2310-490111; Fax: 30-2310-490049; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
Identifiers - Location: European Union