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National College of Technical Professional Education
Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (CONALEP)

UNEVOC Centre (Training provider) since 2015

The National College of Technical Professional Education (CONALEP) was founded by presidential decree in 1978 as a decentralized public organisation by the Federal Government, with its own legal personality and assets. In 1993, the decree reform opened up expectations about job training, intersectional cooperation, community support and technological advice and assistance to businesses. In 1994, the College adopted the scheme of Education-Based Standards of Competence (EBSC), initiating the reform of its educational model consistent with this approach.

In 1998, CONALEP undertook a project of accreditation of campuses as centres of evaluation of labour competencies with the purpose of boosting the evaluation of skills acquired throughout the life, using as reference the Technical Norms of Labour Competency. In 2003, a new academic reform was carried out, which updated and consolidated the methodology of education and training based on contextualized competencies. In 2008, a reorientation of the educational model took place, in response to the demand for highly qualified human resources in the production sector, with a strong occupational and academic training for competitiveness, supported by civic values and environmental sustainability, that can contribute to national development.

With the modification of its founding decree in 2011, the training of technical professional bachelor is incorporated. CONALEP is a federalized Institution, formed by a central unit that regulates and coordinates the whole system; 30 state colleges; a decentralized operation unit in Mexico City and a representation in the State of Oaxaca. This structure allows the operation of services on 308 campuses, which are located in major cities and industrial zones and eight Assistance and Technological Services Centres (CAST).

National and international activities:

The National College of Professional Technical Education has directed its actions to strengthen the process of internationalization, understood as the development of activities, programs and services aimed at encouraging mobility practices of students and teachers, the generation of strategic alliances with international institutions and cooperation agencies that result in the signing of cooperation agreements and the development of technical cooperation projects that enable the transfer of knowledge through training, updating of information and specialization of human capital.

This gradual institutional process has resulted in the consolidation of relations with countries such as Germany, Brazil, Belize, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States, Spain, Honduras, Guatemala, Japan, United Kingdom and Switzerland.


CONALEP has the mission to offer competency-based training for Professional Technicians and Professional Technicians Bachelors (Bachiller). It trains and assesses the labour competencies needed by the production sector of our country.


CONALEP is a leading institution in the training of Professionals Technicians and Professionals Technicians Bachelors in Mexico, offering recognized quality programmes based on the Mexican dual model, Our graduates have relevant job skills and social values that allow them to be competitive in the labour market and pursue post-secondary studies.


To train technical professionals through an educational model based on competences.

Regular tasks

CONALEP is an institution that forms professional technicians in 48 different disciplines divided in two principal sectors: industrial and services.

Part of our regular tasks follow the demands and educational reforms in Mexico, some of which are listed below:

1. Develop new courses according to the demands of the production sector;

2. Develop curriculum and update equipment;

3. Reduce failure and dropout rates;

4. Implement strategies to develop scholarships programmes for students;

5. Strengthen international cooperation with institutions that benefit the CONALEP system;

6. Implement strategies for expanding education provision;

7. Promote links with the industry to reduce unemployment.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge    Not in our mandate
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
  Secondary focus
Policy makers
  Secondary focus
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
Interested to lead
   Interested to learn
OER and Online Learning
   Interested to learn
Equity of access in TVET
   Interested to learn
Gender equality in TVET     Not interested
Fostering entrepreneurship
Interested to lead
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
  Interested to contribute

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
  Moderately interested
Knowledge development
  Moderately interested
Workshops and conferences
  Moderately interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
  Moderately interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
Highly interested


Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (CONALEP)
16 de Septiembre St. 147 North.
52148 Metepec
State of Mexico


local time now: ~22:29 ±1 hour daylight saving time

Head of UNEVOC Centre
General Director Enrique Ku

UNEVOC Coordinator
Rafael Alberto Rosado Ommundsen
Coordinator of International Cooperation
Unit of Studies and Academic Exchange

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12 September 2018
UNEVOC Latin American Network Strengthens Ties
During its annual REDITEC meeting in Brazil, the National Council of the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific, and Technological Education Institutions (Conif), jointly with UNESCO-UNEVOC, organized a UNEVOC Network cluster meeting for Latin America.
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