Report on current validation practices to establish informal and
non-formal acquired competences in Austria, Germany, Spain and Italy including good-practice examples

Die Situation in Österreich (de) / Präsentation des Output 1 (en)
Die Situation in Deutschland (de) / Präsentation des Output 1 (en)
La situación en España (es) / Presentación del Output 1 (en)
La situazione in Italia (it) / Presentazione di Output 1 (en)

Compilation of all national reports including good-practice examples from other countries (en)


Recommendations for improving the process of validation of prior learning in Europe (en)

National reactions to Output 2:
Reactions from Italy
Reactions from Germany
Reactions from Spain
Reactions from Austria


Recommendations for improving the process of validation of prior learning in Spain, Germany, Italy and Austria
LAG (Germany) (en)
uniT (Austria) (de)
Baobab (Spain) (esp)
ALPHA (Italy) (it)


Toolkit: Methods of validation of prior learning


This introductory document contains a clarification of main terms linked to validation such as competence, knowledge, skills, formally, non-formally and informally acquired competences. The importance of validation of non-formally and informally acquired is highlighted and the process of validation is described.

In the second part of the introduction we present one tool of validation, the competence cards of the Bertelsmann-Stiftung. . For our target group the competence cards are very useful because they are not that much language-based. They mainly deal with generic competences and it is a self evaluation tool. This tool is very useful in the guidance in a validation process.

This presentation is followed by brief sketches of the tools of the Synergies-partners which are fully described in special documents.

uniT Toolkit (de)
uniT Toolkit (en)

It helps to denominate, describe and visualize the own personal competences in various different fields of action. That is a change to open up perspectives and possibilities that may have an impact on future education and career choices. In this respect, the competence-profile serves as a tangible orientation tool that maps the own position, builds up strength-oriented terminology and develops a dynamic self-image. Moreover, it fosters self-efficacy and lays the foundation for the competence to shape and design the own individual education and career paths. The methods used are part of uniT`s art of learning, so they are based on creative and artistic approaches. The toolkit deals with generic as well as professional competences. It is a self-evaluation tool which is very useful for guidance and mapping.

LAG Toolkit 1 (de)
LAG Toolkit 2 (de)
LAG Toolkit (en)

The first document gives an overview over the possibilities to assess non-formally and informally acquired competences in Germany. Discussion pros and cons of these methods. (English)
The second document shows one way of assessing professional competences in the “Netzwerk Integration durch Qualifizierung” It is a tool to document the process of validation, to assess professional competences from an outside perspective, to map these competences and to offer guidance. (German – long presentation; short version on a folder).

ALPHA Toolkit (it)
ALPHA Toolkit (it)

This document consists of training material aimed at training professionals in adult education. The training material is organised in a Toolkit, focused on the paths leading to the validation of competencies of disadvantaged learners, and consists of pedagogical material easy to use. The document focusses on preconditions of validation such as to create an inclusive culture in the organisations dealing with validation and in mapping and identifying competences using the Europass, the Profile Pass and the Youth Pass and how to assess competences especially in the field of caretaking.

Baobab Toolkit (en)

This document is a strategic paper that develops the perspective of assessing competences in companies during a period of internship. It discusses the main steps of this process which is linked to EFQR and the Spanish QR and the main preparatory steps to enable companies to fulfil this task. The document is mainly dealing with preconditions, documentation, assessment and mapping.