Developing organisational and financial models
for including non-formal sector qualifications
in National Qualifications Frameworks


The NQF-in Project held its conference on: “Including non-formal sector qualifications in the national qualifications framework  the experiences and solutions of 7 European countries” at the Jurys Inn Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic on November 9, 2017.

Over 85 participants were warmly greeted by Ms. Irena Palánová, Head of International Cooperation Department, National Institute for Education (Czech Republic) and Ms. Kláŕa Bezděková, Head of the Adult Education Department at the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, who were introduced by Jan Brůha, from the National Institute for Education and NQF-In Project partner.

Horacy Dębowski, NQF-In Project Expert from Poland, provided a general overview of the project, as well as a presentation on the conceptual and terminology problems that may arise when working on issues pertaining to NQFs and qualifications. After these introductory presentations, project partners presented on the solutions in their countries: Czech Republic, Scotland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Hungary and Poland. Each presentation covered such topics as:

  • terminology used,
  • historical context of NQF implementation,
  • procedures of including non-formal sector qualifications in the NQF,
  • legal status of qualifications included in the NQF,
  • fees for inclusion,
  • challenges and directions of development.

The final session was a panel discussion, held with representatives of all the countries involved in the project. Each of the panellists was asked to respond to two questions:

  1. Which topics, solutions, ideas shown in the country presentations were the most interesting, inspiring?
  2. Which of the presented solutions on including non-formal sector qualifications in the NQF have a universal character and can be used in other countries?

Lively discussions ensued between the panellists and participants, who were invited to share their perspectives and comments on the questions posed and remarks of the panellists. Quality assurance was raised as an important issue – will it be a very procedural process or more flexible to respond more quickly to dynamically changing labour markets. The issue of the ownership of qualifications was also raised, especially in terms of the different approaches in various countries – public vs. private ownership and the impact this may have on NQFs and qualifications systems.

Participants were graciously thanked for their attendance and active involvement in the discussions at the end of the event by Jan Brůha and Horacy Dębowski. An announcement was made about a follow-up conference on models of including non-formal sector qualifications in the NQF, to be held in Warsaw, Poland in early June 2018.

Each country report can be accessed on the NQF-In Project website at http://www.nqf-in.eu/index.php/publications/nqf-in-reports-and-papers.

 Conference presentations: Video:
 Information about the NQF-IN project 
 Including different types of qualifications in the NQF - conceptual and terminology issues
 NQF-in Croatia Presentation
 NQF-in Czech Presentation
 NQF-in France Presentation
 NQF-in Hungary Presentation
 NQF-in Ireland Presentation
NQF-in Poland Presentation
NQF-in Scotland Presentation
Discussion Panel:Video:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3



NQF IN Prague conference upgraded logo

Seated, from the left: Zoltán Loboda, Educational Authority, Hungary; Viola Horska, National Institute for Education, Czech Republic; Anne Murphy, DIT, Ireland; Sheila Dunn, SCQF Partnership, Scotland; Horacy Dębowski, IBE, Poland. Standing, from the left: Jan Brůha, National Institute for Education, Czech Republic; Anthony O’Reilly, SCQF Partnership, Scotland; Matteo Sgarzi and Josiane Paddeu, Céreq, France; Sylwia Walicka, IBE, Poland; Ivana Carev, University of Split, Croatia; Barbara Przybylska, IBE, Poland; Christiane Eberhardt, BIBB, Germany; Mile Dželalija, University of Split, Croatia.


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