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Greece:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

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Greece:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Greece:Historical Development

Greece:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Greece:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Greece:Political and Economic Situation

Greece:Organisation and Governance

Greece:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Greece:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Greece:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Greece:Organisation of Private Education

Greece:National Qualifications Framework

Greece:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Greece:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Greece:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Greece:Funding in Education

Greece:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Greece:Higher Education Funding

Greece:Adult Education and Training Funding

Greece:Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Primary Education

Greece:Organisation of Primary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Greece:Assessment in Primary Education

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Greece:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Higher Education

Greece:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Greece:First Cycle Programmes

Greece:Bachelor

Greece:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Greece:Second Cycle Programmes

Greece:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Greece:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Greece:Adult Education and Training

Greece:Distribution of Responsibilities

Greece:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Greece:Main Providers

Greece:Main Types of Provision

Greece:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Greece:Teachers and Education Staff

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece: Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Management and Other Education Staff

Greece:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Greece:Management Staff for Higher Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Quality Assurance

Greece:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Educational Support and Guidance

Greece:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Greece:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Greece:Mobility and Internationalisation

Greece:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Mobility in Higher Education

Greece:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Greece:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Greece:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:National Reforms in School Education

Greece:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Greece:National Reforms in Higher Education

Greece:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Greece:European Perspective

Greece:Legislation

Greece:Institutions

Greece:Glossary

In Greece, there is currently no comprehensive national framework for the certification of informal education.  However, the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) is the main administration body of the National Network for Lifelong Learning.  Its purpose is:

  • to develop and implement a comprehensive national certification system of informal education (initial and continuous vocational training and general adult education) and
  • to provide scientific support to the Vocational Orientation and Counselling services in the country.

EOPPEP is a legal entity of Private Law, supervised by the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, and its headquarters are in Athens.  More specifically, it is the institutional body for the development and implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (EPP) and the body responsible for the correspondence or EPP with the European Qualifications Framework.  It is also the National Co-ordination Point of the European Qualifications Framework.  It is the body that succeeded the Organisation for Vocational Education and Training (OEEK) following its termination and merger of the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications (EOPP), the National Centre for the Accreditation of Lifelong Learning Providers (EKEPIS) and the National Centre for Vocational Guidance (EKEP).

The certification of qualifications concerns the certification of output; that is, the results of informal education, as well as informal learning.  In co-operation with the labour market as for the priorities which need to be set, and in connection with the certification of input, EOPPEP:

  • shapes the regulatory framework for the recognition and certification of qualifications acquired through informal education and learning
  • certifies specific qualifications and
  • authorises independent bodies which certify qualifications identified on the basis of the needs and priorities of the labour market.

Law 4115/2013 defines the responsibilities for the inspection and certification of qualifications which might be assigned to licenced bodies (like Lifelong Learning Centres I, Lifelong Learning Centres II, Private Schools, Foreign Languages Schools), which receive an authorisation by EOPPEP and which, following their authorisation, are placed under the supervision of the organisation.

Consequently, EOPPEP aims at:

  • providing informal education: authorised bodies and structures which implement programmes of informal education with certified specifications, based on certified professional outlines, and in which certified educators of adults teach with the support of certified executives of secondary services for individuals belonging in socially vulnerable groups,
  • learning results: certified knowledge, competencies and abilities which are acquired through informal learning,
  • providing professional orientation and counselling services: services and tools of lifelong career development and school professional orientation, with the application of modern information and communication technologies, development of networking and counselling mechanisms, customised services for a wide range of the population.  

In the future, the organisation will develop a mechanism that records, sets priorities and prioritises skills.  It will implement the matching of skills acquired through formal and informal education at the levels of EPP and will create sectoral descriptive indicators, in the form of knowledge, competencies and abilities.  At the same time, it will develop a mechanism for the supervision of the implementation and the continuous specialisation of EPP.

It is important to note that terms and conditions for evaluating, licensing and supervising all types of bodies, are outlined by presidential decrees issued on the recommendation of the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.

Within this framework, the following certifications are indicative of EOPPEP's resonsibility:

  1. Initial Vocational Training, awarded following the Accreditation of Vocational Training & Certification of Vocational Training Institute (IEK) Graduates test.  This certificate is equivalent to a Diploma or Degree.
  2. For professionals, who do not hold an accredited "Private Security Personnel" title.  It links their vocational training with vocational training titles under Law 2009/1992.  The regulatory framework for the Certification for Professionals outlines in detail the procedures relating to organsing and administering tests, the bodies responsible for setting the tests, eligibility, documentation requirements and other necessary information.
  3. Accompanying Supporting Services (ASS) Officer Certification, awarded under Common Ministerial Decision (CMD) 113709/23.12.2015 Certification System for Accompanying Supporting Services (ASS) Officers.
  4. Certification of Attainement for non-formal Adult Education Trainers.  Under relevant provisions, from 01.09.2017 onwards, certified education attainment is required for educators, who wish to participate in non-formal publicly funded programmes.
  5. Test for Licensing Technical Professions.  Law 3982/2011 provides the institutional framework outlining details pertaining to the licensing of technical professions and manufacturing activities.  Tests for awarding licenses to the interested parties will be administered by competent public or private bodies that have been themselves licensed by EOPPEP.

Finally, as far as the Certificate of Attainment in Greek is concerned, the Centre for the Greek Language (KEG) is the official body of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The Department for the Support and Promotion of the Greek Language of the Centre for the Greek Language has full supervision and responsibility of organising the exams for the National Certificate of Attainment in Greek.