Why certification is necessary
PEEAC is aware of its high responsibility to the fulfilment of its mission. All members know, how near to reality, topically and extensively the education of students nowadays must be. Without such type of education the students in the European job market have not the chances which they have earned.
The European Dimension
All courses are required to provide their students with a European focus in their studies, by the use of foreign case studies, foreign literature and by inviting foreign lecturers to provide input into the teaching.
Case studies from across Europe show the practical applications of learning.
The Principle of Subsidiarity
While all courses have to adhere to the core competencies, on a national level every course will have its own focus, based on the peculiarities of the local market and the interests and specialisations of the institution and its lecturers. In defining the “essential core competencies” we focus on the indispensables on which every reasonable and knowledgeable practitioner would agree. That still leaves many areas up to the individual institutions.
Diploma or Certificate?
There are two skill sets: One for a Certificate and one for a Diploma. To qualify for a Diploma a course needs to have at least 320 contact hours and cover all core competencies, while to qualify for a Certificate needs to dedicate at least 80 contact hours to the material included in the corresponding core competencies. There will be normally (but not necessarily) dedicated additional hours to other material, not covered by the corresponding core competencies.
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