Title Qualification as a way to quality: Certification of persons holding functions in quality management systems in inital VET and in adult education
Project Number 191180-LLP-1-2010-1-AT-Leonardo-EQAVET
Project Type Other EU-Projects
Individual Participation Not possible
Country EU-Centralised Projects
With the VET-CERT project the competence development of persons in quality management functions in VET and in adult education in Austria is fostered. This will support the professional implementation of the Quality Initiative IVET (QIBB) and the implementation of the Ö-CERT framework in adult education as well as the implementation of the European reference framework for quality assurance in VET (EQARF) in both sectors.
Professionally qualified and certified persons (principals, school quality process managers, regional quality process managers, quality managers in adult education etc.) should receive a comprehensive understanding of quality management tools and the possibilities they offer.
The two main aims are:
> to guarantee that persons dealing with quality management in VET institutions have the necessary competencies
> to make these competencies visible through a certification process.
The following products will be developed within VET-CERT:
> competence profiles for persons holding functions in QM systems at the different system levels
> proposals for a curricular framework (training contents, training methods, training institutions)
> a concept for the certification which takes into consideration the validation of non-formal and informal learning and competencies.
Quality development (QD) and quality assurance (QA) strongly depend on the persons in charge of quality. The VET-CERT proposal therefore deals with the question as to how qualification and certification of persons can be used as a possibility of competence development for persons working in institutions of IVET and CVET in Austria. With QIBB (VET Quality Initiative, www.qibb.at) Austria has already implemented a comprehensive quality management (QM) system. Currently the system is used by more than 600 Austrian VET schools, where roles with responsibility for QA and QD have also been established (e.g. principals with strategic QM tasks, school quality process managers, regional quality process managers, school inspectors dealing with the topic). In adult education the situation is more diverse, but very often there are the same challenges as within IVET. Up to now, in the appointment of management positions, qualification requirements regarding the issues of QM could not be taken into consideration sufficiently. Neither are these skills/qualifications taught during the basic training of teachers and trainers. That means that there are defined functions and tasks/responsibilities, but there are (at least for IVET)
• no defined competence profiles for persons holding functions in relation to quality
• no standardised training courses nor training contents for this target group
• no certification processes concerning quality management functions.
The central questions thus are: How can persons holding QM functions/positions in Austrian initial VET and in adult education be qualified on the job and how can persons, who enter these functions as newcomers, obtain a basic qualification?
The impact envisaged will be competence development of those who hold functions in QM, increasing transparency and mutual trust within different sectors of VET and a raising image of QM in VET itself. The expertise of the foreign partners (e.g. certification of competencies, experience with the dual system) will support these overall goals.
Recognition, transparency, certification
material for open learning
program or curricula
transparency and certification
The following main products will be developed:
• Stocktaking of the current situation regarding the proposed topic in the different educational sectors (IVET in schools and colleges, company training within the dual system, adult education,) in Austria.
METHOD: In order to get an overview an analytic framework will be developed at the beginning by interviewing key stakeholders and groups.
• Development of module based and comprehensive competence profiles for persons holding functions in QM systems in IVET and CVET, considering the following functions:
principals, school quality process managers, regional quality process managers, regional school inspectorate, QIBB steering group members, trainers of apprentices, peers, peer review facilitators, trainers for peer review, quality managers in adult education.
METHOD: interviews with persons who are holding different quality functions in different sectors, questionnaires for different target groups concerning competence and qualification needs, desk top research on the situation in other countries.
• Development of a framework curriculum for the training of the different target groups, taking into account the following aspects:
- training contents
- training methods
METHOD: Workshops, bringing together the results of the stocktaking and the competence profiles, desktop research, comparison with other concepts in other countries, especially partner countries.
• Development of a concept for the certification of persons holding quality functions after finishing the proposed trainings:
- certification procedures
- validation of prior learning
- certifying organisations
- duration of the certification
- rules for re-certification.
METHOD: expert interviews, analysis and comparison with implemented certification methods in different countries and sectors.