Who issues Euro-certificates?
Several certifying bodies have been approved by the European consortium CERTIDoc and are authorized to issue Euro-certificates for each of the four grades of qualification:
ADBS Certification (Paris): for French-speaking professionals (for other languages, please check) covers four qualification levels
DGI (Frankfurt): for the German-speaking professionals (for other languages, please check), covers the three highest qualification levels
SEDIC (Madrid): for Spanish-speaking professionals (for other languages, please check), covers four qualification levels
CERTIDoc Italia (Rome): for Italian-speaking professionals (for other languages, please check), covers four qualification levels
The conventions of partnership can be passed between certifying bodies and other professional associations. More information is available from the certifying bodies.
Members of the consortium and their partners.
The European system of certification of competences for information-documentation professionals, or Euro-certification, set up by the consortium CERTIDoc complies with the ISO 17024 international standard for the certification of persons.
Three basic documents govern Euro-certification:
General Rules (PDF)
Accreditation of assessors and constitution of juries (PDF)
Evaluation guide (PDF)
In addition to these documents prepared by the European consortium CERTIDoc, are the following documents: an electronic publishing document (currently being prepared), the Euroguide, the ECIA Code of Ethics and practical application documents written by each certifying organisation.
Procedures for obtaining the Euro-certificate
The process can be broken down as follows:
choice of competency level that the applicant wishes to certify. This can be done through the completion of the self-evaluation grid on the basis of the Euroguide I&D and by reading briefing papers published by the certifying bodies;
compiling of forms for the application: in addition to describing his professional career, the applicant must produce a portfolio of "evidence" that justifies the level of competence in each of the thirty-three areas of the Euroguide;
the portfolio of “evidence” and the scale of self-evaluation is considered by a jury composed of at least by three assessors appointed by the certifying body (information- documentation professionals who are known in their communities and who have received assessment training);
the applicant must also participate in an interview with the jury (to clarify certain points described in the application, and to test certain skills);
in light of the jury’s decision and the arguments presented the certification committee then decides whether to issue the Euro-certificates (or proposes the certificate a certificate at a lower level, or suggests further training or practice before awarding the certificate).
Candidates should appeal to a certifying body agreed by the European consortium for specific details on procedures to follow, costs, compiling the forms, the self-evaluation tool, completing the self-evaluation grid, putting together the portfolio of “evidence”, and for the dates for an interview with the jury.
Guide of competences and skill levels
Several associations have worked together to establish the Euroguide I&D. The version published in 2004 includes two volumes:
vol. 1: Competences and abilities of European professionals in the information and documentation field, which describes thirty-three areas of competences divided into five groups and analyzed according to four levels , as well as twenty aptitudes divided into six groups;
vol. 2: Levels of qualifications for professionals in Europe's information and documentation field, which describes the characteristics of four qualification levels: assistant, technician, manager (or team project leader), expert.
The Euroguide is the basis for the evaluation of competences in the context of the Euro-certification process. The Euroguide is available in several languages.
Becoming an accredited certifying authority
Any independent organisation, associative or not, can become a certifying body to issue Euro-certificates of competences in I & D, subject to approval by the European consortium CERTIDoc.
The conditions of approval are specified in the General Rules of the consortium CERTIDoc.