The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training, often referred to as ECVET, is a technical framework for the transfer, recognition and (where appropriate) accumulation of individuals’ learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification. Guided by a European-level recommendation, ECVET relies on the description of qualifications in units of learning outcomes.
ECVET works hand in hand with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to provide greater transparency in European qualifications. The European Qualifications Framework is a translation tool that helps communication and comparison between qualifications systems in Europe. Its eight common European reference levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competencies. This allows any national qualifications systems, national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) and qualifications in Europe to relate to the EQF levels.
The GARDENISER Training Course, created within the Gardeniser Pro project is divided into 3 Modules which represent the core competencies of a garden organiser. Each module includes different units. Each unit is described in terms of one or more Learning Outcomes. The total number of training hours for the training course ranges from a minimum of 44 hours up to 50 hours including practical visits to learn from other community/urban gardens, icebreakers and group-building activities. The training can be organised as a residential course, a semi-residential course or run over several weeks depending on the needs of trainers and participants. This corresponds to a total of 3,75 ECVET credits
In addition to the training course, the training programme includes the opportunity to do a 40 hours internship abroad or in a local urban garden. This internship is an opportunity for the participants (who have already taken part in the Training Course for Gardeniser) to observe and put into practice what he/she has learned during the training and gaining a higher level of knowledge, skills, and competence in the same main areas addressed during the course. This corresponds to a total of 3,75 ECVET credits.
The whole Gardeniser Pro training pathway (training course + internship) gains a total of 7,5 ECVET credits.