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IQ to Adopt the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF)

Over the coming months IQ will begin to reference the EQF in all of our national qualification documentation.


The EQF is a reference framework that has been created to allow greater understanding of the contents and attainment level of qualifications amongst participating EU member states.

Unlike national frameworks, such as the English QCF or the Scottish SCQF, the EQF is a notional framework only, meaning that qualifications cannot be placed on it directly. Instead its purpose is to act as a translation device for students and employers across the EU, allowing qualifications from different European countries to be compared.

By utilising the framework, for example, someone with an IQ Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Fenestration Installation could seek employment in another participating European country, such as Ireland, and demonstrate that they have been trained to the standard of EQF level 4. In turn, the Irish employer could then see that EQF level 4 is equivalent to their NFQ level 5 and understand the level that the prospective employee has been trained to.

Here at IQ we are always striving to further the international reach and impact of our qualifications and it is for this reason that we will be starting to list the EQF levels for all of our QCF and SCQF qualifications (both in the guidance documentation and on certificates) in the next few months.

For more information on the EQF, or to see how the frameworks of the participating countries compare, click here.

Sep 04, 2013 11:07 AM
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