One of the fields we actively work in, is the validation and certification of vocational skills and knowledge.

In this section we try to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding this process.

1. What is validation of professional qualification acquired through non-formal and informal learning?

Validation is the process of assessing, recognition and officially documenting the correlation between:

  • skills, knowledge and competencies gained through non-formal and informal learning
  • national educational standards and requirements for gaining a professional qualification
2. Who can apply for validation of professional knowledge, skills and competences?
  • every person having a long-term professional experience, without holding an officially recognised document for acquired professional qualification
  • immigrants, having professional experience in their home countries, but without having a document for professional qualification
  • immigrants who have gained a professional qualification in their home country, but not having a document for it
  • low-skilled unemployed people
  • employed people, who have gained competency during their personal and professional experience
  • persons who do not have a recognised professional qualification
  • early school leavers;
  • persons, who have gained knowledge, skills and competencies as a result of their everyday activities, connected with their work, family or leisure
3. How much would the validation procedure cost?

The validation fee depends on the need of taking extra theory or practical classes for the profession or part of the profession

The validation fee is determined depending on whether you need to attend further training in theory and practice for the profession (or a part of the profession), or the documents submitted are sufficient for you to take a theory and a practice exam.
The amount of the fee includes documentation and its processing, preparation of portfolio and an individual plan, preparation and verification of tests, conducting consultations (if necessary), as well as the organisation and conducting of the state examinations in theory and practice, assessment of the demonstrated knowledge by a commission of experts, issuing a document.
In order to receive further information, please, contact us and we can give you the exact price in your specific case.
4. How long does the validation process takes?
The validation period of a professional qualification degree and profession, takes between 4 and 6 weeks (from the moment of the applicant’s first meeting with the consultant until the completion of the process, and submission of a detailed portfolio of documents)
The duration of the process depends on:
  • the purpose of validation and what exactly is going to be validated
  • supporting documents available
  • time needed by the applicant to prepare a portfolio of documents
  • the amount and relevance of the documents presented, as well as the personal motivation to prepare and submit the portfolio in shortest time possible
5. Which are the main steps of the validation process?
  1. Contact us, in order to guide you through the main steps of the validation process, their purpose and documentation needed. We can help you to better identify the profession you can get certified in.
  2. Provide us the documents and evidence of your skills, knowledge and competences
Such documents could be: employment record and/ or job description, and/ or employer certification, and/ or recommendation letters; and/ or certificates; document stating participation in a training; diploma/ certificate of completed education; short training certificates, and other relevant documents you have
In case you do not have any supporting documents, you can complete a theoretical test and a practical assignment that will prove your skills. Your work gets evaluated by a committee of experts, which would asses your knowledge and skills in the field.
6. Individual learning plan preparation

The validation commission would propose you an individual learning plan for additional theory and practice training (in case there is a need of such)

The plan mainly consists of:

  • covering additional theoretical content (if needed), which is usually self-paced
  • a practical training, which can be conducted in an organisation of your choice

We can guide you which sources of information you can use in the theoretical learning or how to organise your practical training.

Your individual learning plan defines all steps of the validation process, and the timeline is created considering your personal and professional engagements. It provides detailed information about all activities planned, including description, deadlines and expected outcomes.

7. Finalisation of the validation process

Once you have completed your individual learning plan or have presented enough documents proving that your knowledge and skills fully cover the National Agency’s for Vocational Education and Training requirements, the commission allows you to sit a professional qualification exam.

We provide a list of the exam topics, so you can prepare accordingly. In case you would like to get certified in a professional qualification of a part of the profession, you will do the relevant tests. In case you would like to validate your professional qualification in an entire profession or a speciality, you will sit a State Theory and Practice Exam.

8. Certification

Upon successful completion of the process, you will receive a certificate of professional qualification profession and speciality, or a certificate in part of a profession. The holder of the certificate for validation, has the same rights and opportunities as the holder of a certificate of professional qualification or certificate for part of a profession.

Benefits of the Validation Process:
  • it is an opportunity to have a certificate proving professional knowledge and skills acquired outside the formal education, including at work, at home, etc.
  • enhancing motivation in the workforce to maintain and enhance skills and competitiveness
  • it reduces the time and cost of participating in vocational training, courses and more.
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Sources of information:

– Vocational Education and Training Act – Ordinance No. 2 of 13.11.2014 on the conditions and procedure for validation of professional knowledge, skills and competences

– Manual for validating vocational qualification acquired through informal and non-formal learning

– Guidelines for performing the professional validation process in a Vocational Training Centre issued by NAVET