Europass – Recognition of competence
What is Europass?
Europass consists of five documents, which aim to help learners and workers demonstrate their competence around Europe. The documents are used in the same format in all EU/EEA countries. The Europass can be used when looking for work or applying for education and training programmes.
The basic Europass document is the Europass CV, which learners or workers can supplement with other Europass documents as they wish. These include the Europass Language Passport, the Europass Mobility document and the international supplements to qualification certificates (the Europass Certificate Supplement and the Europass Diploma Supplement).
- Users can fill in their own Europass CV and Europass Language Passport themselves.
The Europass scheme is based on the Decision of the European Parliament and the Council on a single Community framework for the transparency of qualifications and competences.
Europass is used by people who wish to communicate their competence in compliance with the common framework for competences. For the recipient, the Europass documents clarify the competences and capabilities of people trained in other European countries.
Europass is especially helpful for people seeking employment in another European country or applying for an education or training programme abroad. Finnish learners and workers going abroad can use Europass to demonstrate their knowledge and skills with an internationally comparable portfolio of documents, which communicates its holders’ capabilities in a transparent and understandable way. Europass is also designed for people who need to present the qualifications provided by or the equivalence of certificates or programmes completed abroad when they come to Finland.
Europass makes it easier for employers to understand the skills and competences of job-seekers from other European countries. More transparent documentation provides business and industry with the opportunity to make better use of workers’ competence.
Europass helps professionals involved in education, training and guidance to advise applicants about opportunities in different parts of Europe and to compare their knowledge and skills.
Education systems across Europe are different in many respects. People admitting students and recruiting employees are not always familiar with education and training in other countries. Improving the comparability of qualifications requires transparency, in order for people to be able to better interpret applicants’ competences.
Europass clarifies the documentation reflecting the knowledge and skills acquired by its holder. In addition to capabilities provided by education, training, work placements and employment, Europass documents also allow users to present skills acquired through learning outside the formal education system. Europass provides a clear overview of its holder’s skills, making it easier to recognise the capabilities of mobile learners and workers.
- Europass is a useful means of communication for those heading to other European countries. The documents presented within the Europass framework, adopted by the Decision of the European Parliament and the Council, are more accessible and clearly understandable and provide a credible overview of their holder’s competence.