Referencing of the EstQF to the EQF - main stages

Referencing of the EstQF to the EQF took place from December 2008 to August 2011. The creation and implementation of the EstQF is based on the principles for accountability and quality assurance of qualifications laid down by the European Parliament and Council recommendation on establishment of the EQF.

The main stages of developing the EstQF and referencing Estonian qualifications to the EQF are:
  1. The EstQF is established with the Occupational Qualifications Act (01.09.2008).
  2. Descriptions of the LOs for the types of higher education qualifications are provided in the Standard of Higher Education (December 2008) (Criterion 3 of the QF-EHEA).
  3. Descriptions of the LOs for the types of vocational education and training (VET) qualifications are provided in the Standard of VET (December 2008).
  4. Descriptions of the LOs for the types of general education qualifications are provided in the National Curriculum for Basic Schools, in the National Curriculum for Upper Secondary Schools and in the Simplified National Curriculum for Basic Schools (January 2010).
  5. LOs based (competence-based) descriptions of occupational qualifications are prepared and referenced to the EstQF (2007–…).
  6. The process of referencing the EstQF to the EQF is initiated (January 2010).
  7. Kutsekoda is appointed as the national coordination point for implementation of the EQF in Estonia (February 2010).
  8. The first version of the referencing report is prepared (May–November 2010).
  9. Referencing report is discussed with stakeholders (December 2010–March 2011).
  10. International experts: Carita Blomqvist (Finland), Margaret Cameron (UK) and Baiba Ramina (Latvia) are involved (December 2010–August 2011) (Procedure 3 of the QF-EHAE).
  11. Final version of the referencing report is prepared (May-August 2011).
  12. Referencing report is submitted to the EQF Advisory Group (September 2011).
  13. International launching conference for the EstQF is organised (October 2012).
  14. International conference for the EstQF is organised (December 2013).
  15. Updated referencing report is submitted to the EQF Advisory Group (April 2015).