The mechanism, European Credits for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is integrated in a global project defined by political stakeholders at the Lisbon and Copenhagen Summits (30/12/2002), especially concerning the Long life learning, qualifications transparency, the development of geographic mobility and the mutual trust.

These political axes have been repeated in a communiqué (Maastricht, 14/12/2004) by the ministers in charge of Vocational Education and Training (VET) from 32 European countries.[*]

[*] The 27 members states of the UE, the 2 candidates's countries and the 3 countries in EFTA/EEA.

The aim of the mechanism is to allow the transfer, the validation and the recognition of learning outcomes gained in another training context. For example, for Initial VET during a European mobility action abroad or for the continuous training in the frame of non formal learning outcomes.

The technical specifications of the mechanism have been created by a technical working group composed by 17 European experts gathered by the European Commission (DGEAC).

In November 2005, a European consultation process has been launched by the European Commission. This consultation aims at collecting opinions on the ECVET mechanism of political stakeholders, social partners, experts and actors of TVET, in 32 countries.

The result of the consultation will be analysed in order to contribute to a Community instrument.

More information about the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) can be found here:


ECVET is at the same time:

  • A practical and concrete mechanism aims at facilitating the transfer and the accumulation of learning outcomes of a person moving from one training context to another one and/or from one certification system to another one.
  • A process wich enable to describe methodologically a qualification in units of learning outcomes (in knowledge, skills and competences) transferable and that can be accumulate (in knowledge, skills and competences) transferable and that can ce accumulate (in knowledge, skills and competences) with associated credit points.

As a synthesis, in the frame of Initial VET, a learner in training participating to a European mobility programme would, thankes to ECVET, get the recognition (in his contry) of its learning outcomes gained during the mobility.