The Training Commission is currently working on a project to reference CFPA-Europe qualifications to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The aim of this project is to provide a common reference point for learners, employers and other organisations when comparing qualifications, creating development plans and planning training.
The EQF was designed to act as a reference for different qualifications systems and frameworks in Europe. It takes into account the diversity of national systems and facilitates the translation and comparison of qualifications between countries. In this sense the EQF is a framework for frameworks and/or systems and it can therefore be defined as a ‘Meta-framework’. It outlines descriptors for eight levels of learning, based upon learning outcomes, which cover the entire span of qualifications from those achieved at the end of compulsory education to those awarded at the highest level of education or training. More information on the EQF can be found here.
Completion of the project is planned for 2017 and aims to result in a CFPA-E Fire Protection Qualifications Framework that will clarify relationships between courses in terms of level, breadth and progression opportunities and allow users to reference the qualifications to other frameworks.