Qualifications Frameworks

The Finnish National Board of Education is the National Coordination Point for the European Qualifications Framework appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The National Coordination Point supports and guides the relationship between the national qualification system and the European Qualifications Framework together with other national authorities.

European Qualifications Framework

The European Parliament and the Council adopted the Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) in 2008.

The purpose of the framework is to facilitate the comparison of qualifications and qualification levels of different countries. The framework aims to further citizens’ mobility and lifelong learning.

In the EQF, qualifications and competences are allocated on eight reference levels. The framework covers all general education, vocational and higher education qualifications. Each level is provided with a description of the knowledge, understanding and practical capability of a person who has achieved that level. Learning outcomes are defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competences.

The European Qualifications Framework provides a tool for defining the interrelations of national qualifications and qualifications systems. Each EU Member State references its national qualifications to the eight levels of the European Qualifications Framework, by using national qualifications frameworks or levels of national qualifications systems as guides.