Title CerOrganic – Quality Certified Training of Farmers on Organic Agriculture
Project Number 504387-LLP-1-2009-1-GR-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text CerOrganic developed an innovative quality assurance procedure for the vocational education / training of advisors / trainers in Organic Agriculture, based on the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework (EQARF). This procedure, together with an exemplary training leading to a transferable European qualification for OA trainers / advisors will increase the quality and attractiveness of European OA-related training systems. By combining the best-practices of currently-available training systems, to address real needs identified through stakeholder consultation with rigorous quality standards applied throughout development, the CerOrganic products aim to revolutionize the field of Organic Agriculture (OA) vocational education (VE)training internationally.
Summary CerOrganic, through the development of an internationally recognized quality training resource for the trainers of farmers, enhances the employment prospects of young and unemployed agricultural graduates by providing a European qualification to certify their competence as trainers/advisors in OA methods and practices. The OA trainers / advisors produced will facilitate conversion by conventional farmers to organic cultivation and support the activities and productivity of existing organic cultivators, as required by The European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming, and EC consumer demands for increased food quality and safety. The CerOrganic Quality Assurance procedure, based on the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework (EQARF), is available for application to other vocational education and training programmes in OA, to increase their quality and attractiveness, and stimulate agricultural extension service employment.
Description The CerOrganic project enhances the quality and transparency of OA VE training systems. CerOrganic provides high quality blended-learning training to increase the number of internationally qualified organic agriculture trainers. This has been achieved through the development of a quality assurance procedure, and exemplary training system a supported by a designated multilingual MOLE web platform, a training Web Portal, and a training certification system. The trainers qualified will support OA farmers and facilitate conversion of conventional farmers to organic agriculture.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Utilization and distribution of results
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
program or curricula
transparency and certification
open and distance learning
material for open learning
description of new occupation profiles
Product information The CerOrganic website functioned as the information hub of the project during the project lifetime. The Cerorganic website will now remain online to provide information, access to key project products, and as a base for the affiliation partners. The Quality Assurance procedure provides rigorous quality criteria in the form of a checklist to be referenced during the devlopment phase of OA VET Programmes, and used for self- and peer-evaluation of the programmes on completion. The CerOrganic Training of Trainers (ToT) programmes will be an exemplary training devloped according to the QA procedure. The CerOrganic Training Platform is a multilingual web-based learning management platform that support the ToT programmes by serving as a repository of programme data and training resources, and a forum for communication between trainees and tutors during the distance-learning components of the training. The CerOrganic Web Portal supports the ToT training programme, but also serves as a stand-alone information resource for the Organic Agriculture community, acting as a repository for the CerOrganic digital training materials but also containing descriptions of training instances together with the corresponding competences and learning outcomes that each offer, the certificates, and whether each training has been quality certified.