What exactly is the EQF ?
In 2009 the presidents of the of the European Parliament and Council signed the recommendations of the European Commission to implement the “European Framework of Certificates for Lifelong Learning” now known as the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
Primarily the EQF has been put into effect to enable freedom of mobility, and to make it easier to understand and compare all individuals’ qualifications throughout Europe. In essence the EQF is an international single conversion matrix that allows all levels of qualifications to be made more transparent and easily compared throughout Europe. This in turn ensures that qualifications are more readable and understandable to employers, individuals and institutions alike, thereby permitting all Europeans to live and work anywhere in Europe.
Realisation of the EQF has been achieved by having a general reference of eight levels of qualifications. Starting with level one being accomplished at the end of compulsory education, leading up to the three highest levels that correspond with HE levels as defined within the European Higher Education Area, these being 6 (Bachelors), 7 (Masters) and the highest 8 (PhD or equivalent).
Many countries have implemented their own National Qualifications Framework (NQF) that connect different parts of that countries education system and work in conjunction with the EQF. Together these frameworks recognise and acknowledge what the modern individuals learning journey and employment is all about, a diversity of learning both formal and informal that is built upon throughout the development of ones life.