Apart from the following glossary on crucial VET and Apprenticeship terms, you can find existing glossaries from the different countries below.

Qualification covers different aspects:

  • Formal qualification: the formal outcome (certificate, diploma or title) of an assessment process which is obtained when a competent body determines that an individual has achieved learning outcomes to given standards and/or possesses the necessary competence to do a job in a specific area of work. A qualification confers official recognition of the value of learning outcomes in the labour market and in education and training. a qualification can be a legal entitlement to practice a trade (OECD);
  • Job requirements: knowledge, aptitudes and skills required to perform specific tasks attached to a particular work position (ILO).


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ETF –Eeuropean training foundation (1997). Glossary of labour market terms and standard and curriculum development terms. Turin: ETF.

OECD (2007). Qualifications systems: bridges to lifelong learning [Systèmes de certification: des passerelles pour apprendre à tout âge]. Paris: OECD.

ILO – International Labour Organization (1998). ILO thesaurus [Thesaurus BIT = Tesauro OIT]: labour, employment and training terminology. Geneva: ILO. http://www.ilo.org/public/english/support/lib/tools/aboutthes.htm [accessed 23.11.2007].