A second debate on the draft text of the Manual on Adapting Existing Qualifications to NQF and EQF Requirements was held on 20th June, in the EU Info Centre, with representatives from various educational institutions, employers, chambers and members of the national Board for NQF and experts from the Twinning Project Further Improvement of the System for Development and Implementation of the National Qualifications Framework.
The goal of the debate was presentation and discussion regarding the contents of the Manual of Adapting Existing Qualifications to NQF and EQF Requirements. The Manual is a collection of information that would give direction to the professionals involved in the process of adapting the existing qualifications according to the NQF and EQF requirements.
The experts Horacy Dębowski, Emilia Danowska-Florczyk, Anna Kaczmarek, Agata Poczmańska and Stanisław Sławiński presented the requirements by the European Qualifications Framework regarding adaption of existing qualifications, the two stages of adaptation and the Checklist for analysing existing qualifications. The process of adaptation of existing qualifications consists of two stages:
- Analysis of the existing qualifications in order to make changes according to the NQF and EQF requirements, including a Checklist, as a tool to lead the experts through the process. The Checklist consists of 15 thematic areas, grouped in three major parts:
- general information about the qualification,
- learning outcomes and assessment,
- institutional aspects.
- Introduction of certain changes – the process of adaptation. Simultaneously with the process of adaptation, the level of the qualification in NQF is determined, according to the description of levels (learning outcomes).
The debate was opened by the EU Delegation representative, Ms Sophie Belamont, and Ms Natasha Janevska, State Advisor in the MoES, who spoke about the relevance of the Manual to the professionals dealing with adaptation of the qualifications according to the NQF and EQF requirements, so the qualifications could enter the Register of Qualifications. She emphasised that adapting certain qualification does not foresee a development of a new qualification, changing the qualification identity or improving the contents and the text of the qualification, but it means adjustment of the qualification according to the NQF and EQF requirements. She also mentioned that the Checklists, which is an Annex to the Manual, was already successfully tested at two workshops, on two existing qualifications, a Tourist guide and a Master.