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Croatia - Pillar I


To define and quantify the needs and possibilities of the Croatian building sectors in contributing to the achievement of ambitious national energy efficiency (EE) targets.


Creation of the workforce with sufficient knowledge or specialisation in the construction of nearly zero-energy buildings; legislative and policy measures need to be developed in turn to trigger the market evaluation of the qualified workforce.

In order to contribute to achieving the ambitious national EE targets, project CROSKILLS intends to:

Analyse the national status quo;

Develop a national roadmap for establishing a system of lifelong training of building workers in the field of energy efficiency;

Provide for the endorsement of the national roadmap and thus as well provide for a system of market evaluation of qualified workforce;


Practical knowledge of specialized on-site workers facilitates an increased deployment of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources (RES) into the construction sector daily practices.

Authorities, professionals and investors enforce the control of the quality of a nearly zero-energy building construction process.

Knowledge guarantees a high quality work performance.

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Key Documents

Project details

National contact information

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering Ivana Banjad Pečur

Project patner(s)

Knauf Insulation Ltd.
Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning
United Nations Development Programme Croatia
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture
School of Buildings and Crafts of Čakovec
Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts
Regional Environmental Center


The main goal of the project is to establish a large-scale qualification and training scheme for Croatian blue-collar building workers, based on the recommendations and priority measures defined by the National Roadmap, in order to enable life-long training of qualified and unqualified employed and unemployed workers, as well as systematic market evaluation of qualified workforce. The project focuses on the continuing training of building workers (craftsmen and blue collar workers) that are already on the job market, covering all works on the building envelope (excluding RES workers). Thus, it targets the 6 priority professions identified by the National Roadmap: bricklayers, plasterers, roofers, carpenters, house-painters and prefabricated construction fitters, each taking into account the 4 relevant European Qualifications Framework levels (6 professions x 4 EQF levels). Thus, 24 training modules will be developed and tested, and a functioning certification scheme will be developed. An initial set of at least 10 training centres (training providers) will be accredited country-wide.


•Development of comprehensive training materials and training curricula for 6 priority building professions •Establishment of 6 training schemes, one for each priority profession, including accreditation of the initial set of training providers •Establishment of a national certification scheme for building workers, starting with 6 priority professions, but with a view of expanding and linking to other building sector-related professions, such as RES workers •Establishing mutual recognition of the future Croatian certification and training schemes with other European countries •Development of a sustainability plan for the continuation of the workers' training & certification schemes outside the project frame

Project details

Level of Progress: 
EU contribution: 
Trade / Profession: 
  • façade workers/ plasterer (building envelope)
  • roofers
  • outdoor/indoor carpenters
  • bricklayers
  • house painters
  • prefabricated construction fitters

National contact information

Project patner(s)

Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Country Office Croatia
School of Buildings and Crafts of Čakovec
Croatian Association of Thermal fasade Producers
Croatian Chamber of Civil Engineering
Croatian Employment Service

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