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European qualification framework for lifelong learning (EQF)

Last update : 23.02.2016


Reference tool for describing and comparing qualification levels in qualifications systems developed at national, international or sectoral levels.

Comment: the EQFʼs main components are a set of eight reference levels described in terms of learning outcomes (combination of
knowledge, skills and/or competences) and mechanisms and principles for voluntary cooperation. The 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 and professional and vocational education and training. EQF is a translation device for qualification systems.

Source: Cedefop (2014) "Terminology of European education and training policy: A selection of 130 key terms"