INTED2014, the 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference was held in Valencia (Spain), on the 10th, 11th and 12th of March, 2014. A paper coordinated by TUDOR Centre was presented. With this paper; we explained how the project partners are developing the certification scheme respecting a process that ensures its quality. We will also explain how we ensure the quality of the process itself.
As the Academic tutor is not a recognized and regulated profession across Europe. Like many others professions, no formal training and diploma recognize teachers’ competences to support their students during their internship in companies. The certification developed by the Certitude Project team will contribute to the tutors’ validation of non-formal and informal learning. It will also contribute to the transparency, the recognition and the evaluation of tutors’ competences and qualifications.
Some key aspects were pinpointed:
- The development of this certification scheme is following a standardization and evaluation process that ensures its quality and its recognition by interested stakeholders. It is based on the process used within ISO (International Standardization Organization) to draft and publish a standard that take into account stakeholders’ comments to reach a consensus.
- The certification scheme manual proposes an assessment process based on an academic tutor competence specification. The manual was drafted with the involvement of an experts committee composed of twenty-two European stakeholders representing tutors, public and private training organizations, certifications bodies, research centres, financing bodies and public authorities. The experts’ committee is open to interested parties who have an interest to recognize and to valorise academic tutors’ competences.
The ISO 17024 compliant certification scheme was entering the testing phase in January 2014. The results of the two test phases will lead to the publication of the academic tutor certification scheme. Once it will be published, certification bodies will be able to use it to certify academic tutors’ competences.
The entire certification scheme development process and test phases are assessed within the project. A risk analysis is managed to ensure the achievement of project's objectives.