Title Quality Certification for Vocational Education and Training (Q-Cert-VET)
Project Number 2010-1-PT1-LEO05-05188
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Q-Cert-VET developed a Portuguese official standard with requirements for the Quality of Learning Services, (including e-Learning) and a Portuguese accredited certification scheme based on it and tried to get this Portuguese standard adopted by CEN to assure mandatory translation and publication in all European Countries and stimulate the development of similar accredited certification schemes across the European Community.
Q-Cert-VET was the European research project for the quality certification (Q-Cert) of vocational education and training (VET) and was co-funded by the European Commission. It was a two-year long project, ended in December 2012.
The European initiative Q-Cert-VET developed a new quality standard and supports a related certification scheme for the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Portugal - Quality Standard NP 4512:2012 “Training Management System, Including Technology-enhanced Learning – Requirements”. The Quality Standard 4512:2012 is available in 5 languages: in Portuguese, English, Spanish, German and Romanian.
The project Q-Cert-VET developed a national quality standard and initiates the development of required tools for professional quality certification. The reference framework QPL (short for Quality Platform Learning), developed in Germany, provided the basis for the new quality standard and related instruments and tools for the certification scheme, including the first training course for lead auditors. A strong desire from the Q-Cert-VET consortium members went beyond a national quality standard: the evaluated and optimized quality certification standard will be submitted to the European standardization CEN TC 353 in order to become an official European Norm (EN) for Quality and Certification in vocational education and training.
The creation of the related accredited certification scheme OEC010 by the Portuguese Institute for Accreditation (IPAC) provides all interested certification bodies with the possibility of applying for certification in NP4512. Certification bodies thus accredited can certify training institutions with the new standard NP 4512:2012.
The consortium of Q-Cert-VET was coordinated and led by Portuguese Centre for Research and Innovation in Business Sciences and Information Systems (CIICESI). It included nine partners from four countries: Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Romania. The University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, one of the Q-Cert-VET project partners and the project co-coordinator, is author and auditor of QPL, thereby providing its long-term expertise in learning quality.
More information about Q-Cert-VET is available online at www.edu-certification.eu.
Q-Cert-VET is the European research project for the quality certification (Q-Cert) of vocational education and training (VET) is an international project undertaken through the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme, specifically the Leonardo da Vinci programme. As such, the Q-Cert-VET project primarily deals with transferring the German certification programme QPL (Quality Platform Learning) to the Portuguese vocational education and training adapting it to the Portuguese VET market, its stakeholders and specific needs and demands from both providers and users of VET, keeping full compliance with the European QA Reference Framework (EQARF).
By providing the VET market with a new tool for quality control and quality assurance, Q-Cert-VET aims to respond to the European Commission Call for Proposals 2010’s priority “Developing the quality and attractiveness of VET systems and practices (LEO-TraInno-2)” and to contribute to the continual improvement of the quality of service provided by the VET market (see the Q-Cert-VET project description).
The main objectives of Q-Cert-VET were the development of a Portuguese official standard with requirements for the Quality of Learning Services, (including e-Learning) and the support of a Portuguese certification scheme for VET sector in Portugal based on such. The project Q-Cert-VET addressed this gap by developing such a national quality standard and by initiating the development of required tools for professional quality certification. The proven quality standards of other EU countries have been used for a new Portuguese standard adapting them to specific legal, didactic and cultural framework conditions in Portuguese VET sector. The reference framework QPL (short for Quality Platform Learning), developed in Germany, provided the basis for the new quality standard and related instruments and tools for the certification scheme.
To achieve project objectives the work carried out within the Q-Cert-VET project focused on the development of the quality standard. Partner IPQ, as the national standardization body, supported the standard, transformed and finally published it in 2012 as the Portuguese national standard NP 4512:2012 „Vocational training management system, including technology enhanced learning – requirements” after initial testing and publication. Q-Cert-VET supported a related certification scheme. Due to approval of the certification scheme OEC010 by the Portuguese Institute for Accreditation (IPAC), all certification bodies in Portugal can apply to IPAC for accreditation and thus gain the ability to certify training institutions with the standard. Furthermore, all training institutions have a possibility now to request accredited certification for their management system, if it has been implemented in accordance with the requirements of NP 4512.
Furthermore within the Q-Cert-VET Partner Affiliation Programme (Q-Cert-VET Deliverable D6.2), a partnership network has been created that has divulged and disseminated the new standard across every country in Europe and public and private entities that may adopt and use it as an important working tool. Several voluntary piloting partners tested the Portuguese Standard, by implementing a VET service management system according its requirements, and to report feedback on the experience to IPQ (CTA25 – Technical Committee “Quality in Education and Training”), contributing to the standard’s improvement. It was being possible after the signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) developed within the partner affiliation programme.
This Portuguese standard is now under submission to the international (SC36) and European (CEN TC 353) standardization committees for initiating a new standardization project towards a European or International standard (EN) based on full European consensus. Q-Cert-VET deals with development and publication of such a quality standard and initiates the development of required tools for professional quality certification. In this context the Q-Cert-VET consortium hopes to contribute to the on-going development in the area of learning innovation and quality.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
open and distance learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
transparency and certification