e-CF overview

The European e-Competence Framework is not based on job profiles but rather on competences as this approach is more flexible. Its purpose is to provide general and comprehensive e-Competences specified at five proficiency levels that can then be adapted and customised into different contexts from ICT business and stakeholder application perspectives.

The 40 competences of the framework are classified according to five main ICT business areas and relate to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).


A reference framework structured from four dimensions

The four dimensions of the European e-Competence Framework reflect different levels of business and human resource planning requirements in addition to job/ work proficiency guidelines. They are specified as follows:

 Dimension 1 5 e-Competence areas, derived from the ICT business processes
 Dimension 2 A set of reference e-Competences for each area, with a generic description for each competence. 40 competences identified in total provide the European generic reference definitions of the framework.
 Dimension 3 Proficiency levels of each e-Competence provide European reference level specifications on e-Competence levels e-1 to e-5, which are related to EQF levels 3-8.
 Dimension 4 Samples of knowledge and skills relate to e-Competences in dimension 2. They are provided to add value and context and are not intended to be exhaustive.


Whilst competence definitions are explicitly assigned to dimension 2 and 3 and the references about knowledge and skills appear in dimension 4 of the framework, attitude and soft skills are embedded in all three dimensions.

Understanding of ICT workplace competence needs

The European e-Competence Framework provides a basic, clear and sound orientation for companies and all type of organizations in the public and private sector who need to take decisions about recruitment, career paths, training, curricula, assessment, etc. It is also useful for promoting clearer understanding of competence needs from ICT organizations, professions and professional perspective.

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