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Executive Summary (Final Report)

This ICT Certification in Action project is a successor to the earlier ICT Certification in Europe project which produced the CEN Workshop Agreement CWA 16052 in July 2009. The main aim of the project has been to support the implementation of that CWA . The project has created new national landscape maps for Bulgaria, Romania, Spain and the Netherlands, and updated five of the original set, all using the methodology of CWA 16052. These maps continue to be popular and other countries are interested, including from beyond Europe. CEPIS has been approached to take long-term leadership of this process, working through its national member bodies. he global financial crisis has had a serious impact on the certification market, and even more so on the underlying training market. Difficulties have emerged over obtaining reliable market data, but some data is available. An approach has been made to EITO to undertake an annual market statistics exercise, as an aid to operation of the market.

ICT Certification in Action published final results

ICT Certification in Action has been one of a series of ICT skills projects conducted be CEN, the European standards body for ICT, under its CEN Workshop Agreement process. It follows the earlier research project HARMONISE led by CEPIS, and the CEN project ICT Certification in Europe which produced CWA 16052 in 2009.

The main aim of this follow-on project has been to support implementation of that WA (Workshop Agreement). More specifically, the project aimed to:

  • Deploy its proven methodology to maintain and extend the series of country mapsshowing the main certification stakeholders in each market in Europe
  • Provide updated metrics on the current state of play of the main certifications in thosemajor markets, with a methodology for annual updates
  • Trial and evaluate the possibilities and options to implement a methodology for positioning ICT certifications onto the e-Competence Framework (e-CF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), and to redevelop a navigation chart positioning the major certifications (including mutual recognition and linkage to the qualification system through accreditation)
  • Pilot test the proposed European model for ICT certification schemes
  • Co-operate with ISO and other CEN initiatives in this field

The project ran from May 2010 to July 2011, including a two month public consultation period.

Open Workshop on 25 May 2011 chaired by Microsoft and European Commission in Brussels, Belgium

The project will present final results at an Open Workshop "ICT Certification in Europe" organized as joined meeting with certification vendors and CEN   to be held on 25 May 2011. The workshop will be hosted by CEN and chaired by Microsoft in Brussels, Belgium. Welcome and introductory remarks will come from Ms Kirsten Panton from Microsoft and Mr Andre Richier from DG Enterprise of the European Commission.


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