WP6: Testing of methodologies for RPE recognition and mutual recognition in practice

Objectives

The concept of mutual recognition (between Member States) of an individual’s status as an RPE is fundamental to the concept of worker mobility. Inherent in this process is the need for acceptance between countries of suitability/appropriateness of national training and development of activities likely to be undertaken by an individual aspiring to be a recognised RPE.
The objective, therefore, in this WP is to test the methodologies in order to (i) refine (if necessary) and validate the methodologies, (ii) promote acceptance within Member States and (iii) demonstrate a first European registration system for continuous professional development for RPEs that can assist the process of (mutual) recognition.

Description of Work

Although recognition of experts is not only dependent on E&T, but also on work experience and national regulation, E&T forms an important part of the general recognition procedures that are applied in the Member States.

Given the fact that national Regulatory Authorities have a role in the recognition of RPEs, it is vital that there is appropriate dialogue with this important stakeholder. HERCA, member of the CG of ENETRAP III, has already set up a task force on E&T and has expressed their profound interest in the topic of the ENETRAP projects. In addition, they have invited EUTERP to participate to this task force. With both organisations connected to this ENETRAP III, the basis for good and efficient collaboration with the essential parties involved is guaranteed.
The next phase of the work (which will run over the full course of the project) will be to implement the proposed methodology for RPE Recognition on a “test case” basis in at least 2 countries that do not currently have formal national schemes in place. A component of this phase will be to consider the value of the application of the ECVET approach in the RPE development process. 

The final phase will be, again by means of test cases, to work through the process of mutual recognition of RPEs between at least 4 countries. A component of this phase will be consideration of the acceptability of training courses etc. between Member States.

Deliverables

D 6.1   Report documenting the outcome of liaison with HERCA with respect to the proposed methodologies
D 6.2   Report on the outcome of the trial of national RPE Recognition Scheme
D 6.3   Report on the outcome of the trial of Mutual Recognition of RPEs and demonstration of a European registration system for continuous professional development