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European qualifications framework for lifelong learning (EQF)

European reference tool for the description and comparison of qualifications developed at national, international or sectoral level. It consists of eight levels of qualifications, expressed as learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and responsibility and autonomy) with increasing levels of proficiency. They serve as a translation device between different qualifications systems and their levels.


  • The purpose of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF) is to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of qualifications;
  • its eight levels cover the entire span of qualifications from those recognising basic knowledge, skills and competences to those awarded at the highest level of academic, professional and vocational education and training.
View also: Overview of Regional Qualifications Frameworks

ILO, Skills recognition mechanisms for selected occupational profiles of migrant workers in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, 2022

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