Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure
The Commission is currently working on a technical infrastructure that organisations can use to issue digital credentials across the EU. This technical infrastructure could be used by the Member States and various stakeholders when issuing Europass Digital Credentials to learners. IT systems of awarding bodies, for example, could implement this infrastructure to create diplomas and certificates for students. The Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure provides a secure, trustworthy and fraud-resistant system that ensures data privacy and data protection.
A common technical approach for issuing Europass Digital Credentials ensures that certificates from one Member State can be understood and verified in any other. Learners, employers, education and training providers and other bodies will be able to check that certificates and other qualifications are valid and authentic. They can also have easy access to background information on a certificate or qualification.
Who can benefit from the Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure (EDCI)?
EDCI facilitates the issuing, viewing and automatic verification of credentials. These functions will benefit a wide range of stakeholders, including individuals, universities, vocational training providers and employers. The infrastructure can ensure:
- a common understanding of qualifications and types of certifications across and beyond the European Union;
- that qualifications, competences and skills can be easily identified and understood by any EU Member State.
The infrastructure can also:
- Improve transparency and portability of qualifications and skills between countries;
- Reduce administrative burden for citizens, learning providers and employers;
- Make tampering and credential-fraud easily identifiable;
- Empower people to own and control their own credentials; and
- Contribute towards digitisation of government processes.
- Identify the individual who is going to be awarded a certificate documenting her/his skills, competences or qualifications;
- Issue a Europass Digital Credential or a revocation certificate to an individual. Both certificates should be issued by an awarding body.
Graduates and learners that receive credentials can:
- Store and organise their digital credentials in their Europass library, e-Portfolio or other platforms and wallets;
- Share their Europass Digital Credentials with employers or other organisations. Owners will control what they share (e.g. whether they will send a web link or send information directly) and for how long (e.g. they can determine how long the web link stays active).
- Verify the authenticity of digital credentials that holders willingly shared. The accreditation of the awarding body could also be verified (i.e. if an awarding body is licensed or authorised to issue a specific qualification), where applicable.
- Action three of the Digital Education Action plan proposes the integration of digitally-signed qualifications in Europass.
- The EU Decision 2018/ 646 takes it further in Article 4(6) by specifying that “Europass shall support authentication services for any digital documents or representations of information on skills and qualifications”.
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