The European credit system for vocational education and training (ECVET) is a powerful tool for increasing cross-border cooperation in education and training. Its adoption will make it possible for all citizens to use their qualifications and learning outcomes in any new learning or working experience across the European Union.

Cedefop has been responsible for monitoring implementation of ECVET in the Member States. Its reports of 2010 and 2011 show how much progress has been achieved. Common guidelines are now needed to help formulate national strategies. 


In this booklet Cedefop considers the conditions and measures that Member States need to have in place in 2012, if they are to fully implement the 2009 ECVET recommendation.


The publication has been prepared in close cooperation with the European Commission, the members of the ECVET users group, and supporting organisations such as the ECVET secretariat and the network of European agencies for lifelong learning.