Validation of Informal and Non-Formal Learning

Valid​ation​ is the process of recognising the skills, knowledge and competences an individual has acquired. This is benchmarked against learning outcomes measured and evaluated by a competent body against the said standard. 
Thus the validation of informal and non-formal learning (VINFL) consists of the:
  • ​​identification through dialogue of particular experiences of an individual;
  • documentation to make visible the individual’s experiences;
  • formal assessment of these experiences; and
  • certification of the results of the assessment which may lead to a partial or full qualification.
    (Sources: CEDEFOP, 2008; Council of the European Union, 2012; Chapter 327, Education Act)

NCFHE is entrusted to:​

  • ​​​Introduce a validation system for informal and non-formal learning.
  • Set up the resources for the VINFL department to function efficiently.
  • Create a national awareness on the VINFL process and the legislation.
  • Convene meetings with key stakeholders on sector skills units and their functions.
  • Develop National Occupational Standards in identified areas.
  • Cooperate with  competent entities to evaluate the candidates.
  • Work Together with  the relevant stakeholders in the various sectors and achieve benchmarking for the validation processes.
  • Cooperate Inform the general public about the National Guidelines for the validation of informal and non-formal learning,  by drafting information leaflets on the validation process, targeted to specific groups including the individual employers.
  • Work on the setting up of Occupational Sector Units, whom shall ensure that good work ethics as well as good work practice are implemented and maintained within their parameters.​​