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What is Europass?

Europass is a new 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.

Is Europass of benefit to me?

Europass can help you describe your education, skills and competences whether you are looking for a job in your own country or abroad or are applying for further education or training. Each of the five Europass documents has a standardised user friendly structure designed to help you present your skills and competences in a clear and understandable manner.

How do I obtain the Europass documents?

There are five Europass documents, each of which is obtained in a different manner. Some of the documents are completed independently while others are completed by a competent authority on an individual's behalf. Please choose the link to each of the documents to see how you may obtain it:

How much does Europass cost?

There is no fee for any of the Europass documents, they are all available free of charge.

Where is Europass available?

The Europass portfolio is available in the 28 member States of the European Union, EFTA/EEA countries and candidate countries.

What Certificate Supplements are now available?

Europass Certificate Supplements are now published by QQI for level 5 and 6 major, supplemental and special purpose award specifications within CAS in the FETAC Awards Directory

What should providers do?

Providers should promote the Europass Certificate Supplement as it promotes recognition of achievement for their learners.

  • Download the relevant Europass Certificate Supplements and issue them along with transcripts and certificates as learners achieve and are presented with awards
  • Ensure that learner information, including on receipt of transcripts and certificates, directs learners to the appropriate Certificate Specification and to the relevant link
  • Include information on Europass in relevant handbooks, websites and other publicity materials

However, Europass Certificate Supplements are published on-line and should also be accessed by a broad public, including e.g. ENIC NARIC offices overseas assisting QQI award holders to get appropriate recognition for their achievement, higher education institutions here in Ireland and elsewhere, and employers. Certificate Supplements reference the award to the European Qualifications Framework.

How does a learner find their Certificate Supplement?

The Certificate Supplements are attached to each level 5 and 6 major, supplemental and special purpose award specification within CAS. Others may be produced on request. Just click on the link at the bottom of the Awards Specification in the Awards Directory!

What is the European Skills Passport?

The European Skills Passport is an online career management tool that stores a range of information in a common format that is used across Europe. There are 5 core Europass documents, but others such as references, scanned copies of transcripts and awards can also be added.