Royal Decree 1224/2009 of 17 July established the procedure and requirements for evaluating and accrediting competencies that are acquired through work experience or non-formal methods of training.

The procedure aims:
- to evaluate professional skills acquired through work experience and other non-formal learning methods using common processes and methods that will guarantee the validity, reliability, objectivity and technical rigour of the evaluation.
- to officially accredit professional skills, and thus make it easier to join the workforce, move between countries and workplaces and develop ones career.
- to increase professional qualifications by offering people the opportunity to obtain partial, cumulative accreditation, allowing them  to complete training that leads to a professional diploma or certificate.
The Autonomous Communities will take the actions necessary to implement the evaluation and accreditation process for such skills. 

Evaluation and Accreditation Process

Citizens who decide to obtain official recognition for their work experience or non-formal training can register after education and labour authorities issue the joint call for applications. The process will be divided into three phases: counselling, evaluation and accreditation.
To accredit work experience, a person must be able to show at least three years of experience, with a minimum of two thousand hours in the ten years before the call for applications.
In the case of non-regulated training, they must prove that they have had at least three hundred hours of coursework that did not receive official recognition in the last ten years before the call for applications.
     First phase: counselling, either in person or online, is compulsory.  The aim is to help the candidates to evaluate their own skills, fill out their personal and training record or present the evidence backing up their evaluation.
Based on this documentation, the counsellor reports on whether the candidate may enter the next phase.  If the report is negative, the counsellor will advise the candidate to undertake any supplementary training needed, and where this training is provided.
     Second phase. The evaluation takes into account the counsellor's report and the documentation provided by the candidate, aims to prove whether the candidate can demonstrate this skill in a real or simulated work situation.
     Third phase: accreditation. According to the Royal Decree, candidates who pass evaluation will receive accreditation for each of the units of competence for which they have demonstrated their professional skills. 
Source : ReferNet, Servicio Pblico de Empleo

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