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The European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning are written for individuals and institutions responsible for the initiation, development, implementation and operation of validation arrangements.

The ambition of the guidelines is to clarify the conditions for implementation, highlighting the critical choices to be made by stakeholders at different stages of the process.

The 2012 Council recommendation on validation encourages Member States to put in place national arrangements for validation by 2018. These arrangements will enable individuals to increase the visibility and value of their knowledge, skills and competences acquired outside formal education and training: at work, at home or in voluntary activities.

This second edition of the European guidelines is the result of a two-year process involving a wide range of stakeholders active in validation at European, national and/or sectoral levels.

A new update of the guidelines can be found here.

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Europäische Leitlinien für die Validierung nicht formalen und informellen Lernens

DE 1.29 MB

European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning

EN 497.27 KB

Directrices europeas para la validación del aprendizaje no formal e informal

ES 893.97 KB

Lignes directrices européennes pour la validation des acquis non formels et informels

FR 1.4 MB

Linee guida europee per la convalida dell'apprendimento non formale e informale

IT 1.37 MB