Whether you are planning to enrol in an education or training programme, looking for a job, or getting experience abroad, it is important to be able to make your skills and competences clearly understood. Europass is a new way of helping people to:
- make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe (European Union, EFTA/EEA and candidate countries);
- move anywhere in Europe
Europass brings together several existing tools for the transparency of diplomas, certificates and competences. Helping citizens to better communicate and present their qualifications and skills throughout Europe, Europass will promote both occupational mobility, between countries as well as across sectors, and mobility for learning purposes.
How can you obtain a Europass? Europass consists of five documents, available in all official EU languages:
Two documents you can fill in yourself:
- Europass CV – the CV is the backbone of the Europass portfolio. Anyone who wants to use Europass can start by completing the Europass CV. The Europass CV enables you to make your skills and qualifications visible, and other Europass documents can be attached to the CV.
- Europass Language Portfolio – the language portfolio is a document in which citizens can record their linguistic skills and cultural expertise. It was developed by the Council of Europe and is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages that is becoming the European standard to identify the level of language skills.
Four other documents filled in and issued by competent organisations – universities, training centres, etc.
- Europass Mobility – is a record of any organised period of time (called Europass Mobility experience) that a person spends in another European country for the purpose of learning or training. It is intended for any person undergoing a mobility experience in a European country, whatever their age or level of education. The Europass Mobility is completed by the home and host organisations involved in the mobility project in a language agreed between both organisations and the person concerned.It can be obtained by contacting the organisation sending you abroad and ask them to contact the National Europass Centre.
- Europass Diploma Supplement – is issued to graduates of higher education institutions along with their degree or diploma. It helps to ensure that higher education qualifications are more easily understood, especially outside the country where they were awarded. The Europass Diploma Supplement was developed jointly with Unesco and the Council of Europe. It is provided by the same establishment that issues the diploma and should in principle be provided to all new higher education graduates.
- Europass Certificate Supplement – this is a supplement to a vocational education and training certificate, clarifying the professional qualifications of all individuals holding such qualifications. The information is provided by the relevant certifying authorities.
European Skills Passport is the new electronic portfolio helping people to assemble their skills and qualifications online and to improve the presentation of their CVs by bringing together their educational and training certificates in one place, providing evidence for the qualifications and skills declared in the CV.
These documents, and more, are available at the dedicated Europass Portal: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu.
The Europass portal also provides comprehensive information on the other documents that are not completed directly by citizens, but issued to them by the relevant organisations – universities, training centres, etc.
Because of the huge differences among the national education and training systems, Europass is implemented and promoted largely at Member State level. In each country, a National Europass Centre will promote Europass and coordinate all related activities, in co-operation with the relevant organisations, networks and authorities, as well as with the social partners.
Contact the Europass Centre in your country for further information.