Open badges recognition appears to be an extremely promising approach for investigating the following three major degrees of flexibility, agility and timeliness within the competence certification:

1- Integrating non formal and informal open badges recognition within the formal certification process; 

2- Flexibilizing and individualizing the certified competence profiles in order to cover both the job profile evolution and the increasing importance of soft skills;

3- Updating competence frameworks in real time from signals generated through informal and non-formal recognition of emerging competencies and needs.  

The project will focus on these investigations for initiating a radical redesign of the competence certification roles, actors and processes. 

This could lead to investigate an in-depth putting into questions of all paradigms on which competence certification has been based for the last 20 years, e.g.:

  • only an examiner with a superior level of education & competence compared to the candidate is habilitated to assess the demonstrated competence level,
  • competences shall, per definition, be assessed and demonstrated “on the job”, i.e. only evidence, based through either (physical) observation or documented evidence, can be used as assessment method,
  • soft skills are impossible to assess and recognise within a competence certification scheme,
  • ISO 17024 accredited PCBs are the only neutral and reliable awarding instance that can be involved in competence certification of non-regulated professions and competence profiles acquired through NFIL,
  • evaluation or recognition from (communities of) beneficiaries, employers, clients, peers, hierarchical superior or subordinated, coaches or mentors, etc. is just subjective and has no value,

For this project, EFCoCert is looking for partners with the following profiles:

  • Open badge recognition specialists
  • Personal certification bodies
  • International professional association or federation