European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training
The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training, often referred to as ECVET, is a technical framework for the transfer, recognition and (where appropriate) accumulation of individuals' learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification. Guided by a European-level Recommendation, ECVET tools and methodology comprise a description of qualifications in terms of units of learning outcomes, a transfer and accumulation process and series of complementary documents such as learning agreements, personal transcripts and user guides. ECVET is intended to facilitate the recognition of learning outcomes in accordance with national legislation, in the framework of mobility, for the purpose of achieving a qualification.
What is ECVET?
ECVET aims to support the mobility of European citizens, facilitating lifelong learning (formal, informal and non-formal learning) and providing greater transparency in terms of individual learning experiences, making it more attractive to move between different countries and different learning environments.
At a systems level, ECVET aims towards better compatibility between the different vocational education and training (VET) systems in place across Europe, and their qualifications.
From a geographical mobility perspective, ECVET aims at facilitating validation, recognition and accumulation of skills and knowledge acquired during a stay in another country, with a view to ensuring that such experiences contribute to the achievement of vocational qualifications.
In this introductory section of the Toolkit, we present the goals and principles of ECVET, confirming the benefits of ECVET use for geographical mobility and for lifelong learning. We also introduce the core technical components of ECVET, and present key ECVET actors at both national and European levels.
Whilst numerous tools and examples are provided in this core section of the ECVET Toolkit, it is important to recognise that these do not provide a ready-made solution for the implementation of ECVET in Geographical Mobility. On the contrary, you should consider this a starting point and support for the learning process that you need to embark upon with the various ECVET mobility actors in your own countries, regions, networks and institutions.