European guidelines for validating non‑formal and informal learning

This publication presents the conclusions of more than two years of intensive exchange of experiences – involving representatives from more than 20 European countries – in validating non-formal and informal learning. The main objective is to make the outcomes of this common learning process available to a wider audience to support further development of validation of non-formal and informal learning at European, national and local levels.

These guidelines, while inspired by the common European principles on identifying and validating non-formal and informal learning adopted by the European Council in 2004, are not a policy framework approved by a law-making body: they are a practical tool, providing expert advice to be applied on a purely voluntary basis. Their impact relies exclusively on their relevance and ability to add value at national or local levels.

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