Title Vocational Qualification Transfer System - VQTS
Project Number A/03/B/F/PP-158.034
Product VQTS model
Title VQTS model
Product Type transparency and certification
The VQTS model is a proposal for a structured description of work-related competences.
The core elements are the Competence Matrix and Competence Profiles.
Part 1: is especially addressed to responsible authorities who are planning to create a Competence Matrix for a specific occupational field.
Part 2: is especially addressed to training providers and students/apprentices
Part 3: is especially addressed to training providers and responsible authorities
The presentation of the VQTS model is made up of three components:
1. General information on the creation of the Competence Matrix and Competence Profiles
A Competence Matrix displays competences structurally in a table according to core work tasks in a specific occupational field and the progress of competence development.
Competence Profiles (including Credit Points) are formed from individual parts of this Competence Matrix. This is done by identifying the competences that are relevant for a certain training programme or qualification (“organisational profile”) or by identifying the competences acquired so far by a person in training (“individual profile”).
2. Information on the implementation of the VQTS model in mobility processes
The procedure described should facilitate the transfer of vocational competences acquired abroad by using the VQTS model.
3. Information on creating a specific Competence Profile
Specific organisational and individual profiles can be formulated by using the Competence Matrix developed for the field of “Mechatronics”.
Also included is a list of references, further information and links as well as a glossary with key terms used.
Area of application
The VQTS model can be used for
- the transfer of vocational competences acquired abroad (mobility in VET)
- the transfer and recognition of competences acquired within the official VET system as well as competences achieved through non-formal or informal learning
- the development of qualifications
- composing job profiles as well as personnel (human resources) planning
- enhancing the visibility of differences in qualifications, therefore for use in the development of the EQF
The field of “Mechanical Engineering” (or “Mechatronics”) was chosen for the purpose of the VQTS project and the development of a pilot Competence Matrix. The illustrative examples arise from this particular field, however, the VQTS model can also be used for describing and comparing competences in other fields.
Luomi-Messerer, Karin & Markowitsch, Jörg (Eds., 2006): VQTS model. A proposal for a structured description of work-related competences and their acquisition. Vienna: 3s research laboratory.