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A common European framework for ICT Professionals in all industry sectors

Welcome to the e-CF

The European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) provides a reference of 40 competences as applied at the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workplace, using a common language for competences, skills, knowledge and proficiency levels that can be understood across Europe. CEN e-CF 3.0 overview brochure. In 2016, the e-CF was transformed into a European standard and re-published as the European Norm EN 16234-1.

As the first sector-specific implementation of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the e-CF fits for application by ICT service, user and supply organisations, multinationals and SME’s, for ICT managers, HR departments and individuals, educational institutions including higher education and private certification providers, social partners, market analysts, policy makers and other organisations in public and private sectors.

How the e-CF can help you

The European e-Competence Framework provides a common language to describe the competences including skills and knowledge requirements of ICT professionals, professions and organisations at five proficiency levels, and is designed to meet the needs of individuals, businesses and other organisations in public and private sectors.

Internationally efficient ICT human resources development

The e-CF version 3.0 gives clear definitions and sound orientation to support decision-making in relation to the selection and recruitment of candidates, as well as the qualification, training and assessment of ICT professionals. It enables the identification of skills and competences that may be required to successfully perform duties and fulfill responsibilities related to the ICT workplace. The widespread adoption of the e-CF by companies and organisations throughout Europe has started to increase the transparency, mobility and efficiency of ICT sector related human resources.

Framework creation context and political support

The e-CF was developed through a process of collaboration between experts and stakeholders from many different countries under the umbrella of the CEN ICT Skills Workshop.

From a “de facto” standard to a European standard

Following consultation of CEN member states, the e-CF was transformed into a European standard and re-published in 2016 as the European Norm (EN) 16234. Identical in its structure and content to the e-CF 3.0 CWA, the new EN format provides great opportunities for further dissemination and continued adoption of the framework Europe-wide.

The e-CF is a component of the European union’s strategy for e-Skills in the 21st Century supported by the European Commission and The Council of Ministers. The Framework supports key policy objectives of the Grand Coalition for digital Jobs and benefits an ever growing user community from the EU and across the world.