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You can find information on National Qualifications Frameworks for virtually all countries in UNESCO-UNEVOC’s TVET Country Profiles database. An overview of Regional Qualifications Frameworks is available right here in TVETipedia.
Instrument for developing, classifying and issuing qualifications at international, national, regional or sectoral levels according to a set of criteria (such as descriptors) applicable to specified levels of learning outcomes.
A qualifications framework can be used to:
Based on European Parliament and Council of the European Union, 2008; OECD, 2007a
Access resource, available in English, French, Italian, PortugueseThis multilingual glossary (provided in a multitude of European languages) defines a selection of key terms used in European education and training policy. It is a revised and expanded version of the “Terminology of European education and training policy – A selection of 130 key terms” (2014). It considers new priorities of European Union policy, mainly concerning skills intelligence and employment. New definitions have been developed in collaboration with the experts of Cedefop’s departments VET and Skills and VET and Qualifications.
A structure for setting out the levels at which vocational qualifications accredited by regulatory authorities can be recognized.
Access resource, available in EnglishThis glossary has been published in the "International Handbook of Education for the Changing World of Work" (Vol. 1, chapter 5)
The structure into which accredited qualifications are placed, allowing learners, training providers and employers to gain information about the broad equivalence of qualifications.
Access resource, available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, SpanishThis publication is a practical terminology in the field of technical and vocational education for the purposes of international communication. After use of the original English/French version for over five years in numerous regional and international meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops held in those two languages, it was felt that publication of the guide in additional international languages would permit Unesco to contribute further to a better understanding in Member States of the Revised Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education (1974), would facilitate the implementation of this instrument and would foster a more effective exchange of information in the field of technical and vocational education.
A system for placing qualifications that meet certain standards of quality on one of a series of hierarchical levels.
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(Comment: More advanced NQFs can also play a role in facilitating stakeholder interactions, creating coherent qualifications systems, ensuring fit-for-purpose qualifications, supporting wider quality assurance processes, recognizing learning gained outside formal education and training and for driving broader educational reforms. They also make national qualifications systems more transparent to foreigners.)
Access resource, available in EnglishDescription of the report: