Quality certification (Q-Cert) of vocational education and training (VET)
- May 11, 2012 - ESSEN, Germany --
Q-Cert-VET co-coordinator Sandra Feliciano from the Portuguese Centre for Research and Innovation in Business Sciences and Information Systems (CIICESI-ESTGF-
IPP) has announced that the Portuguese standard prNP 4512:2012, Training Management Systems, including Technology Enhanced Learning, has successfully entered the public inquiry phase. The standard, after being adapted from the German certification programme Quality Platform Learning and harmonized with several national and international standards by the Technical Committee IPQ/CTA25, is now open for public consideration and feedback until the 15th of May. After collecting and evaluating all feedback received, the Portuguese Institute for Quality (IPQ) intends to publish the document on June 15th.
Meanwhile, Q-Cert-VET partners in charge of the pilot-testing of prNP 4512:2012 have begun preparing for their contribution to the project. Testing of the standard is already taking place in two different training companies in Portugal (Prisma and iZone) based upon the preliminary version of the standard. Further pilot-testing in Germany (Helliwood) and Romania (CRFCAPL-Sibiu)
started in May 2012, after the translation into English of prNP 4512:2012. As the standard is intended to be the basis for a future accredited certification system for European VET providers, including TEL, these pilot tests outside of Portugal are essential to validate the content of prNP 4512:2012 in other national contexts. After further evaluation and optimization, the quality certification standard will be submitted to the European standardization CEN TC 353 in order to attempt to work towards an official European Norm (EN) for quality and certification in vocational education and training.
For more information on the Q-Cert-VET project, please visit the project website at http://www.edu-certification.eu/
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for the latest project news. A call for papers for the 1st European conference "Learning Innovations and Quality" (LINQ 2012), organized by the Q-Cert-VET consortium, has recently been announced; for more information on LINQ 2012 and its call please visit www.learning‐
innovations.eu or the Q-Cert-VET project website.