The European credit system for vocational education and training

The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a European instrument designed to support lifelong learning, the mobility of learners and the flexibility of learning pathways to achieve qualifications. Developed by Member States in cooperation with the European Commission, ECVET has been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2009. The adoption and implementation of ECVET in the participating countries is voluntary.

Before the mobility

ECVET – Memorandum of Understanding

Vocational education and training organisations can use ECVET in their mobility activities. In these cases, it is necessary to establish ECVET partnership between the partner organisations by signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which establishes the framework for credit transfer. The MoU can be signed either by a network of competent institutions (job services, VET agencies) from different countries, or on a bilateral basis, depending on the partners’ needs.

After the mobility

The main aim of ECVET is to establish better comparability and compatibility between various national qualification systems. ECVET is a framework for recognition, accumulation and transfer of credits gained through recognition of learning outcomes in vocational education and training (VET) across Europe.

More information on ECVET could be found here.