Qualifications are the formal outcome of an assessment and validation process which is obtained when a competent body determines that an individual has achieved learning outcomes to given standards.
Qualifications displayed in ESCO come from databases of national qualifications that are owned and managed by the European Member States. Member States provide this information to ESCO on a voluntary basis. It therefore depends on each Member State to ensure information on its qualifications in ESCO is available, complete, correct and up-to-date.
The Commission also envisages integrating private, international and sectorial qualifications from other sources into ESCO in the near future. It is piloting this approach and discussing it with the Member States.