Welcome to the e-CF
The European Norm (EN) 16234-1 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.
Since 2016, the e-CF is an official European standard published as the EN 16234-1.
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.
e-CF in practice
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 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”.
From a CEN workshop agreement to a European standard
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. 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 Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and benefits an ever growing user community from the EU and across the world.