Europass is an initiative which aims to help people make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe, thus facilitating the mobility of both learners and workers. The Europass portfolio consists of five documents that have been designed in such a way as to help people present their skills and competences in a clear manner, whether they are planning to register in an education or training programme, looking for a job, or getting experience across Europe. The Europass CV document can be completed independently by individuals:
The following three Europass documents can be completed by the competent organisation on behalf of the individual:
EUROPASS Curriculum Vitae
Since many different CV formats are available and used by people in various countries, the Europass CV has been developed with the aim to provide individuals with the opportunity to present in a clear and comprehensive way information on all their qualifications, skills and competences. In a format that makes it easier for potential employer to be able to understand what one is able to offer. The Europass CV can be completed in 26 different languages and other Europass documents can be attached to it.
How do I draw up my Europass CV?
The Europass CV may be drawn up in two ways. Option 1: The Europass CV can be created online following the online instructions and examples. The completed CV is then received electronically (download or e-mail). Option 2: Update your Europass CV (XML or PDF+XML) If you already have a Europass CV in XML or PDF+XML format, you can upload it and update your data. Your personal data will be automatically inserted in the system.
EUROPASS Mobility Document
The Europass Mobility is a personal document which is used to record any organised period of time (called Europass Mobility experience) that a person spends in another European country for the purpose of learning or training.
Who can benefit from Europass Mobility?
The Europass Mobility is intended for any person undergoing a mobility experience in a European country, whatever their age or level of education. This includes the following examples:
- a work placement in a company abroad;
- an academic term as part of an exchange programme;
- a voluntary placement in an NGO.
The mobility experience is monitored by two partner organisations, the first in the country of origin (sending organisation) and the second in the host country (host organisation). Both partners agree on the purpose, content and duration of the experience; a mentor is identified in the host country. The partners may be universities, schools, training centres, companies, NGOs, etc. The Europass Mobility is completed by the home and host organisations involved in the mobility project in a language agreed between both organisations and the person concerned. If you are undertaking or plan to undertake a mobility experience abroad, please contact the organisation which is sending you abroad and ask them to contact their National Europass Centre. Download the Europass Mobility from here.
EUROPASS Certificate Supplement
Comparing vocational qualifications acquired in different countries is not always simple. The Europass Certificate Supplement is provided to people who hold a vocational education and training certificate. The Certificate Supplement provides additional information regarding the award which is not available on the official certificate such as the skills and competences acquired; the level of the certificate; and entry requirements, the different ways of acquiring the certificate and access opportunities to the next level of education. This makes it more easily understood, especially for employers and institutions outside the issuing country. Nevertheless, the Europass Certificate Supplement is not a substitute for the original certificate or an automatic system that guarantees recognition. The Europass Certificate Supplement should be presented alongside your final award certificate. The information contained on the Europass Certificate Supplement is provided in a standardised format upon completion of the course and is supplied by the relevant awarding body which issues the vocational certificate. Download the Europass Certificate Supplement from here
EUROPASS Diploma Supplement
The diverse contents and requirements of the higher educational systems in Europe raise questions when international comparisons of higher education qualifications are made. The Europass Diploma Supplements facilitates the process to address these questions. As part of the Bologna Process, the Europass Diploma Supplement is issued to graduates of higher education institutions on the successful completion of any higher education qualification along with their degree or diploma. The main purpose of the Europass Diploma Supplement is to provide better understanding and comparability of higher education qualifications. The diploma supplement compliments higher education qualifications, since it helps to ensure that higher education qualifications are more easily understood outside the country where they were awarded. The document contextualises the qualification in relation to its national education system. . To this end, it describes the course of study which a person has completed and for which a degree has been awarded. It provides additional information at all three cycles of study – Bachelor, Master’s and Doctorate level outlining institutional details, course content, type of study, modules covered, and skills required to complete the programme. The Europass Diploma Supplement is issued by the institute of higher education or university which confers the original diploma.
The Diploma Supplement
How do I apply?
Diploma Supplements are issued by the university or institution at which you studied.
What it is not
The Europass Diploma Supplement is not:
- a substitute for the original diploma or degree;
- an automatic system that guarantees recognition.