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People are gaining knowledge every day, and this happens always and everywhere. Every experience gained leads to new skills, knowledge and / or competence.


Although learning usually takes place through formal education, which is always organized, planned and with clearly defined goals, much of the knowledge is acquired through non-formal or informal education. Informal knowledge is often equated with the experience gained from everyday life.


For people, especially adults who are outside the formal education or non-formal education system, the knowledge, and skills acquired at home, in the workplace or in everyday experience are more important, relevant and meaningful sometimes than even the knowledge acquired in formal education. education. However, learning that takes place outside the formal education system is not sufficiently understood, nor visible, and therefore not valued sufficiently.


There is a growing awareness (especially in EU countries) that informal knowledge is a rich source of human values, ie capital. Most people are not even aware of their own value, ie. for the capital they possess through their knowledge or are unable to fully utilize it because they cannot prove their abilities and knowledge.


Therefore, recognizing and validating the RESULTS of non-formal and informal learning makes human values more visible and therefore more valuable. This text is a guide through the process of validating informal and informal learning and is intended to:


  • Assessors
  • Candidates and potential candidates
  • Employers
  • Accredited training providers

The methodology was developed during the project  “TowaRd market-based skills for sustAINable Energy Efficient construction” - TRAINEE is EU funded project under HORIZON 2020 programme, topic: Construction skills.


The methodology should help assessors organize and implement an applicable process of validation of knowledge and skills acquired in non-formal and informal education and will provide support to employers and candidates by providing good information and familiarity with the entire validation procedure.


The methodology is an additional training material for Certified Assessor Training to become familiar with key aspects of quality assessment practice, including the principles of assessment and the application of a wide range of assessment methods.


The methodology is suitable for implementation for different occupations, by different sectors, as it is designed in a general manner, and can be used as guidance also for validation skills for different levels of qualifications. However, its implementation will differ according to the national legislation set regarding the process of recognition and validation of previous learning.