Recognition and certification of non-formal learning and skills of public sector employees
In 2010, the Government of Greece created the Training Certification System to support the certification of learning outcomes of public sector employees acquired in non-formal learning settings. A Central Certification Committee (KEP) coordinates the different training provisions and the certification process.
Procedures and processes
The 2010 government decision foresaw that the Training Certification System would be a comprehensive framework of principles and procedures consisting of three distinct axes:
- the accreditation of educational institutions;
- the accreditation of training programmes; and
- the certification of knowledge and skills.
The Training Certification System for public sector employees includes seminars and training procedures conducted by:
- the National Centre of Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA);
- other public sector institutes and public universities;
- Technical and Vocational Institutes (TEIs), which are located within the tertiary education system;
- the European Institute of Public Administration;
- the Social Polycentre of ADEDY; and
- the Inter-Balkan Institute of Public Administration.
The assessment of knowledge, skills and competences is based on the learning objectives of the training programme. Assessment is managed by individual institutions and can include multiple-choice tests, open questions, case studies or other assignments. Successful candidates receive a certificate linked to credit points that are taken into account towards an employee’s promotion within the public sector (according to law 3528/2007, article 85). Remaining candidates are awarded a certificate of participation.
Outcomes and ways forward
The award of credit points and the certification process enable public servants to gain awareness of their own skills and to exploit their potential in their respective areas of work. The Training Certification System can enhance the skills and knowledge of public servants and promote a more positive attitude towards lifelong learning.
CEDEFOP. 2014. European Inventory on Validation of Non-formal and Informal learning: Country report Greece. https://cumulus.cedefop.europa.eu/files/vetelib/2014/87059_EL.pdf
Source: UNESCO UIL