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The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is one of the common EU instruments to facilitate for individuals the transfer, recognition and accumulation of their assessed learning outcomes to achieve a qualification or to take part in lifelong learning. It is accomplished through flexible and individualised learning pathways, including transnational mobility.

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU adopted the ECVET Recommendation in 2009 where they invited the Member States to create necessary conditions and adopt measures to apply ECVET to all VET qualifications.  In 2013, an external evaluation on the implementation of ECVET was conducted. The report is available here.

What ECVET does

ECVET allows learners to accumulate, transfer and use their learning in units as they are achieved; to build a qualification at their own pace from learning outcomes acquired in formal, non-formal and informal contexts in their own country and abroad.

It is based on units of learning outcomes as part of qualifications that can be assessed and validated. ECVET offers a framework for making learners more mobile and qualifications more portable. It does so by laying down principles and technical specifications and by making use of existing national legislation and regulations.

It applies to VET (vocational education and training) qualifications at all levels of the European qualifications framework.

ECVET complements and builds on concepts and principles shared with the European qualifications framework (EQF), Europass and the European quality assurance reference framework for VET (EQARF).

What Cedefop does

Cedefop, in cooperation with the European Commission, monitors and provides technical and analytical support to the implementation of the ECVET Recommendation at the EU, national and sectoral levels.

It conducts analyses and research on qualifications and qualification systems and on the links between the European tools for education and training (ECVET, ECTS, EQF, FQ-EHEA, Europass, EQAVET). These results are available online.

It organises and participates in events related to ECVET, such as ECVET Users’ group meetings, ECVET annual forum, peer learning activities etc.

Useful links

European Commission on ECVET

European ECVET Network

ECVET projects


Project contacts

Hélène Hamers
Andreea Rusu
Project assistant