The development of a digital tool for the implementation of the process of validation of skills, through the procedure of recognition of prior learning, is based on the well-thought, predefine concept. The aim of the concept is to enable and ensure a well defined runing of the process, with determined outputs and clear consecutive actions, resulting in the decision-making loop. The whole idea is based on harvesting the advances of digital technologies and the availability of a used friendly applications for application processes, that can be easily used by ordinary people as applicants in the process.
The tool aims to gather all the necessary data, documents and information about the professional background of the applicant, that will serve to further certify the competencies and skills of the applicant. For this reason, at the very beginning of the process, the information phase will be of great importance, in order to give all the necessary information about the whole process, and to inform about the required documents and proves that the applicants will have to prepare for the process. In the application phase, all the data are provided by the applicant into the system. The process is developed in a user-friendly platform so that the questionnaire is explicitly formatted and navigated through the process.
The application phase consists of the entry forms prepared for the applicant, where all the necessary data and documents, as proof for the obtained knowledge, skills and competencies, will be required to be introduced by the applicant. So this phase needs dedication by the applicant, to provide the necessary set of documents, that will be in line with the minimum requirements for positive evaluation in the further steps.
In the third phase of the e-RPL process, the assessment and evaluation of the documents take place. This part of the process is the one, where the assessors and evaluators are mainly involved.
The whole idea in developing the digital tool for ease of the process of recognition of prior learning, in fact is laid on the ideato digitalized also the process of evaluation. With the proposed procedure, the developed e-RPL tool offers this possibility.The assessment procedure is designed to run in consecutive cycles for each competence level separately. And theprocedure will be iteratively repeated for the number of competence levels that are defined for certain occupationalstandards.
The competence levels for the occupational standards were previously defined in the document D4.1. Defined procedure and minimum criteria for mutual recognition, comparison and leveling of EE skills based on defined qualification standards. It is based on the 5-level system of competencies used in the TRAIN4SUSTAIN Competence Quality Standard.