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Private qualification and certification

The e-CF describes competences for the ICT sector in a very comprehendible and consistent way. The framework and its inherent principles allow qualification providers to follow a learning outcome and competence orientated approach. The e-CF helps to enhance market relevance, quality and transparency of qualification and certification offerings, and to identify appropriate levels of experience and competence in line with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

This section provides examples of organisations applying the e-CF in this context; they have agreed to be featured here.


APMG International,
Offices in Europe: Italy, Germany, Netherlands, UK

With the need for more ICT qualified people in Europe APMG International is aligning all their qualifications to the e-CF to make it easier for individuals and companies to identify appropriate courses and qualifications for specific job roles


“IT and digital initiatives are developing at an incredible rate, old roles and jobs are disappearing and new ones being created all the time. The e-CF provides a framework that can be used as a benchmark for today and also to show the skills and competences required for the future. Aligning e-CF with job profiles will help companies and individuals with skill and career development. We would also like to see these aligned to academic, vocational and professional qualifications to provide a single point of truth for ICT and digital competencies.”

Chiara Mainolfi, EC Relationship Manager

United States of America

The Cisco Networking Academy courses are designed to improve employability of graduates in ICT jobs. Networking Academy courses are used by public education institutions across Europe. The e-CF is used to align with European standards in ICT professions.

Cisco is an active stakeholder in the national implementation of the e-CF in several European countries. In Germany we support the DIN NA 043-02-02 AA “Kompetenzen in der IKT-Branche”. Furthermore we have asked EXIN to investigate and to match the Cisco industry certifications CCENT and CCNA with the e-CF



Digital Education Institution(DEI), Institute for Information Industry(III), Republic of China (Taiwan)
DEI is the largest ICT training center in Taiwan. DEI’s mission is to foster high-quality professional talents and to nurture ICT talents to meet the industry’s needs. To promote the digital transformation of the industry, DEI applies e-CF to the planning of engineer’s competence architecture, competence assessment, and education training.
DEI constructs the enterprise’s digital transformation competence standard and establishes the competence assessment and development system refer to e-CF. Further learning roadmap and training sessions for specific enterprises could be developed in accordance with the standard and system above.


ECDL Lithuania,

ECDL Lithuania offers a range of products related to ICT Certifications and sees the merit of potential links between their programs and e-CF. They assess this linkage as a valuable experience as their programs extend to the other Baltic countries and the Russian-language region.



e-CF and industry certification mapping database,
EXIN (The Netherlands) & empirica (Germany)

e-Skills training and certifications become easier to understand and compare by comparing learning outcomes with the e-competences defined in the e-Competence Framework (e-CF) and with the ICT Profiles of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills. 50 common industry certifications have been mapped systematically against the e-CF.


Headquartered in Singapore. Operating globally

e-CF is the fundamental baseline in our CITx IT training framework in which we have three levels (Certified IT Professional, Specialist, Expert) which are aligned with the e-CF competence/proficiency levels


“The e-CF provides a solid framework for competence assessment and development for IT personnel. EPI has developed a range of courses aligned with the e-CF assisting organisations ensuring appropriate competence levels of their personnel. The e-CF and our aligned courses have been very well received by the market.”

EPI, Edward van Leent, Chairman & CEO, EPI Group of Companies


EXIN, the global independent certification institute for ICT professionals, uses e-CF as the standard framework in developing accreditation and certification programs for assessing ICT professionals.

Knowledge, skills and attitude of people are crucial. EXIN offers e-CF based solutions to identify competences in ICT for individual employees, companies, governments, HR experts, recruiters and education and training institutions. EXIN contributes towards transparency in the training and certification landscape.


“ICT has changed both our private and professional lives. Managing information has become more complex and is now recognized as a key success factor for individuals and organizations alike. This highly influences the importance of individual competences for employability. Sharing definitions based on common European understanding is a basic prerequisite for strategic personnel development in companies and organizations. It is necessary to use consistent competence definitions. The e-Competence Framework provides this stable reference framework.”

Jan Dirkx, Program Manager at EXIN

pfeil_transp_violettIT Performance House,
The Netherlands

IT Performance House is working on centralized IT exams in The Netherlands to reduce regional differences and to ensure competence levels for intermediate vocational education in the IT sector. The e-CF is considered as an important tool to achieve this.


pfeil_transp_violettLPI Linux Professional Institute,

The LPI, established in 1999 by the Linux community as an international non-profit organization for lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source Technologies, promotes the e-CF as the standard framework for e-Competences and has mapped it’s certifications against the e-CF.


pfeil_transp_violettNinja Academy,

Ninja Academy, as Italy’s leading edtech company, uses the e-CF in order to systematically design and develop courses that cater to the most sought-after competencies in the digital marketing industry. We identify our Faculty and Advisory Council members and validate our Course Syllabi by continually referencing the e-CF in our day-to-day didactic decisions.


“A common language paves the way to reaching common goals: through the e-CF, Ninja Academy is capable of developing courses that enable and empower digital careers in Italy and in Europe.”

 Adele Savarese, Chief Content Officer


The french education group Ynov use the e-CF as a basis for creating curriculum and preparing thousands of students to the most relevant skills requirements.



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