The competence certification schemes developed by EFCoCert within Erasmus+ project are drafted in compliance with the ISO standardisation guidelines, which fundamental principle is to reach consensus within international experts representing all interested parties.

More specifically and additionally, the ISO 17024 standard (requirements applicable for competence certification) requires at clause 8.4.a) that “appropriate experts” shall be involved in the certification scheme development.

Thus, to ensure compliance with ISO rules, EFCoCert establishes for each competence certification scheme an experts committee in which any expert directly or indirectly concerned (professional, employers, client, beneficiary, university, school, authority, certification body) is invited to apply.

This experts committee gathering representatives of all stakeholders will be a guarantee for the representativity and the recognition of the certification scheme, establishing its value for all future certified mentors.

The role of an expert within a scheme committee is to submit comments on successive drafts of the scheme documents (e.g. competence matrix, prerequisites, exam process & material, rules applicable for certification bodies).

All comments and associated proposals for change submitted by experts are dealt with by the editorial committee, who drafts the next version of the scheme documents accordingly.

The experts committee is open to any interested parties’ representatives who have direct or indirect interest to the concerned competence certification scheme (e.g. professional, employers, client, beneficiary, university, school, authority, certification body).

They can be:

  • individuals appointed in a personal capacity, acting independently and expressing their own personal views,
  • organisations in the broad sense of the word including companies, associations, NGO's, trade unions, research institute, universities, international and European organisations. These organisations nominate individuals as their representatives in the experts committee,
  • national authorities of the EU Member States, at national, regional or local levels. As for organisations, national authorities appoint their representatives in the committee

An average workload for an expert is about 2 to 3 hours per draft circulated for ballot for studying the proposed drafts and writing comments & related proposals. Two (or maximum 3) ballot rounds are planned within the Mentro4WBL project.

As an expert within the scheme experts committee, you will:

  • benefit from insider information about the competence certification scheme,
  • be able to influence the scheme according to your expectations,
  • exchange with other experts and experiences in other sectors and or countries, enriching your views and perspectives,
  • have opportunity to participate to pilot testing the certification scheme,
  • experience participating within an ISO compliant standardisation process aiming to reach consensus between interested parties,
  • be officially mentioned as contributor in the final scheme documents.

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