PURPOSE OF RECOGNITION
It is recommended that credential evaluators consider the purpose for which recognition is sought when assessing qualifications. More specifically, credential evaluators should consider the following points:
Before the assessment
- Is the purpose of recognition for further studies (academic) or access to the labour market (occupational/professional)?
Example 1 - Qualifications with dual purposes
- Depending on the purpose of recognition, the assessment of the relevant learning outcomes and competencies may vary.
- It is recommended that foreign credentials should be assessed in a flexible manner, identifying only those substantial differences which are relevant to the purpose for which recognition is sought.
Example 2 - Relevance of research training for purpose of recognition
Reporting of assessment
- It is advised that the statement of recognition/qualification assessment should state clearly what the purpose of recognition is and what the rights attached to the statement are.
- If there are any rights attached to a statement, then the supporting legal texts should be clearly indicated and accessible.
- If recognition is sought for a different purpose to one previously covered by a recognition statement, a renewed assessment is advised.