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The europass Certificate Supplements – making vocational qualifications comparable

It is not completely straightforward to compare a vocational qualification obtained in Germany with one acquired in a country such as Italy or Ireland. National educational structures and training content are simply too different. This is an area where the europass Certificate Supplements can provide assistance. Certificate Supplements describe the country-specific standards relating to the respective training occupation and provide a brief summary of the knowledge, skills and competences acquired via the vocational education and training undertaken. They also include indications of the duration, nature and level of training and of the educational course via which such training can be achieved.

The europass Certificate Supplements can be used by anyone who has obtained the vocational qualification in question. Certificate Supplements are drawn up by the relevant authorities in each respective EU member state. In Germany, they are prepared by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) acting in conjunction with the social partners. Certificate Supplements are available in German, English and French language versions. All existing Certificate Supplements may be accessed and downloaded here.

Flyers and brochures on the europass Certificate Supplements are available in the download area of the website. Answers to the most frequently asked questions on the europass Certificate Supplements are available here.