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A common European framework for ICT Professionals in all sectors

Welcome to the e-CF

The European Norm (EN) 16234-1 European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) provides a reference of 41 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. This is complemented by 7 Transversal Aspects relevant to ICT professional competence performance. Consistent links to ICT qualification context (e.g. by the EQF) and familiar frameworks (e.g. DigComp, European ICT Professional Role Profiles, behavioural skills, SFIA, ISO and further ICT industry standards) are provided.


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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 supports your ICT and digital skills related processes

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 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 and is now maintained by the CEN Technical Committee (TC) 428 “ICT Professionalism and digital competences”.

A European standard for all ICT sector stakeholders

Following consultation of CEN member states, the e-CF became a European standard and was published in 2016 officially as the European Norm (EN) 16234. The new EN format provided great opportunities for further dissemination and continued adoption of the framework Europe-wide. The maturity and currency of the EN16234-1 e-Competence Framework (e-CF) new version can also support your ICT skills related processes in business and organisation, qualification and/ or digital skills policy context.

The e-CF standard is a a major contribution to the European Union‘sSkills agenda. The Framework supports key policy objectives of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and benefits an ever growing user community from the EU and across the world.