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Implementation of the official EU DAE Europe 2020 Strategy. A formal EU IT competencies certification standard.

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EITCA Academy, the European Information Technologies Certification Academy is an official EU competencies certification programme implementing European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe upon Europe 2020 Strategy to stimulate Information Society growth. EITCA Academy is jointly operated fully on-line by the European Information Technologies Certification Institute in Brussels (EITCI Institute, certification governing body) and EITCI accredited e-learning technology CompLearn Ltd. in London implementing distant training and remote examination. EITCA Academy comprises of EITCA and EITC certifications. It is available as an official framework for individuals' professional IT competencies formal certification worldwide, providing means for their recognition, regardless of nationality by documents issued and verifiable by EITCI Institute in Brussels. More information on the framework can be found on the relevant EITCI Institute pages.

EITCA Academy constitutes international IT/ICT competencies certification framework on advancement level relevant to postgraduate higher education and professional industry level training. It is available worldwide exclusively in distant learning and distant examination form, enabling both EU citizens and foreigners not residing in the EU to obtain and formally confirm their professional education and competencies in Brussels based EU certification framework without neccessity of physical presence and with a fraction of normally high costs related to stationary education and training.

EITCA/KC IT Key Competencies Certificate
EITCA/KC

EITCA/CG Computer Graphics Certificate

EITCA/CG

EITCA/BI Business Information Certificate

EITCA/BI

EITCA/IS Information Security Certificate

EITCA/IS

Sample EITC Certificate

EITC

The EITCA Academy certificate is a EU based standard of internationally recognized formal confirmation of competencies in a particular field of applied IT/ICT. EITCA Academy allows its participants worldwide to obtain EITC/EITCA certificates issued in Brussels within distant training and distant examination. All the certification procedures are implemented remotely and online on the basis of standardization and accreditiation of the certification governing body, the European Information Technologies Certification Institute (EITCI Institute) in Brussels. Both EITC and EITCA Academy certificates are fully integrated within the EU euroPass competencies and skills presentation framework (set of EU standardized documents to present individual's CV, education and skills, certifications and diplomas) and within the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), enabling transfer of points betwen EU formal higher education institutions such as universities).

According to the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE, European Commission Statement for the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, COM (2010) 245, Brussels, August 2010) competencies are now the basis for the development of Information Society (IS) in the knowledge based economy (KBE) worldwide. According to the most recent Eurostat survey, 30% of EU citizens (150 millions of Europeans) and over 90% of the whole worldwide population do not posess sufficient IT competencies, making it difficult for them to function in a modern globalized labor market. This constitutes a barrier to both pofessional and personal development, while still IT competencies held by the remaining part of the European Union citizens are insufficiently targeted and are subject to fast obsolescence.

Due to the fact that nowadays an ability to use Information Technologies is extremely important and advantageous, the so-called Key Competencies are fundamental for the knowledge-based economy (European Parliament and Council Recommendation on December 18th 2006 on key competences for lifelong-learning process, 2006/962/EC). The main message of the DAE, constituting the pillar of the new strategy for further development of the European Union ("Europe 2020 - Innovative Union"), is the need to intensify sustained education of European citizens in the field of Information Technology (leading to increase in the percent of population being educated in this field, while also improving the quality of education in the context of pan-European and international reaching certification programmes, using effective digital methods (e-learning in particular), as well as comprising financial support of the European Union - upon the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) in programmes co-funding formally certified education.

A pan-European and internationally recognized standard of formal postgraduate level knowledge and competencies confirmation in the field of Information Technologies is governed and disseminated by the European Information Technologies Certification Institute EITCI. This standard is constituted by two certification programmes:

  • EITC Certification (the European Information Technologies Certification) - including specialized certification programmes defined thematically (hourly measurement of each EITC programme contents: 15 hours)
  • EITCA Certification (the European Information Technologies Certification Academy) - including subject-specific, collective competence programmes, bringing together series of relevant thematic EITC programmes (hourly measurement of programme contents: between 150 and 180 hours)

The EITC and EITCA certification programmes were first launched in 2008, and since that date they are developed and disseminated by the European Information Technologies Certification Institute in Brussels upon technology cooperation with the UK based CompLearn Ltd. company (EITCI accredited partner providing technology for distant learning and remote examination). So far the EITCI Institute have issued over 100 thousand certificates covering specialized areas of applied computer science, as well as programmes for public administration digitization (eGovernment) and prevention of digital exclusion.

IT/ICT competencies certification constitutes a formal way of confirming individual's competencies in specific areas of knowledge and skills related to applied computer science and information and/or communication technologies. The EITC/EITCA certificates are formal documents supporting or replacing other formal ways of confirming knowledge, skills and competencies acquired within vocational education (including certificates or diplomas of the universities and schools). In this regard the EITCA Academy certification is implementing the EU Diploma Supplement standard (DS, http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm), providing a standardized description of the content, level and context and status of the IT related competencies acquired by the holder, designed as an aid to help recognition of these competencies on professional fields of activities.

EITCA Academy programme, conducted under the accreditation of the European Information Technologies Certification Institute (EITCI) in Brussels, allows - after successful completion of on-line examination procedure - to obtain physically the EITCA Academy certificates issued in Brussels, along with the detailed diploma supplements. Certification is possible both within the complete EITCA Academy programme in the chosen field (examinations within all courses included in the academy programme resulting in complete EITCA Academy certificate, the diploma supplement along with all relevant EITC certificates), as well as within more specialized single EITC courses (single exam and single EITC certificate within each respective EITC programme).

In terms of content the EITCA Academy certification programme (equivalent of 150-180 hours of stationary classes, or standard 2 university semesters) corresponds to specialized postgraduate studies, yet with the advantage of the EU certification standard with international nature and recognition (EU certificates issued in Brussels in English language are recognized not only in the EU but worldwide). An important feature of the EITC/EITCA certification programmes is a possibility to complete only chosen single EITC programmes corresponding to the individual courses forming the respective academy (single specialized certified EITC courses with an average didactic content of 15 hours). The EITCA and EITC competence certification programmes include programme content designed from the ground up so that no prior IT knowledge is required to complete them, despite their advanced and specialized quality. This enables even most specialized EITC/EITCA programmes to be successfully completed by individuals without prior IT expertise, while being also relevant for IT professionals and experts in the corresponding areas.

The EITCA Academy and EITC certification procedures result not only with issuance of properly secured traditional paper form certificates (in case of the EITCA Academy accompanied by the detailed diploma supplements and all the relevant EITC certificates, and in the case of the EITC certificates containing detailed description within the certifacate itself), but also with issuance of relevant electronic certifications. The electronic EITC/EITCA certifications should be understood as their unique ID numbers, that upon entering with the properly secured data to the EITCI Institute certification validation system allow for online verification of the certifications along with details of programme scope completed by the certificate holder, as well as printing of the adequate confirmations and supplements. The EITC certifications (obtained individually or as a part of the EITCA Academy certification) are designed with ID carrying QR codes that enable automatic machine recognition and verification by camera based QR scanning applications.

The examination and certification procedure aimed at formal confirmation of acquisition of knowledge and skills in specific areas of information technologies, is carried out by ITTC CompLearn Ltd. according to the guidelines of the EITCI Institute, in a fully remote form via the special online examination system integrated within the e-learning platform.

All EITCI certification costs are fully included in the EITCA Academy/EITC programmes participation fees, as specified on the EITCA Academy website.

You can either participate in a chosen EITCA Academy programme(s) or in a chosen EITC programme(s).

EITCA Academy programme consists of several EITC programmes (normally 10 to 12), each of standard 15 hours complexity content (it means that the scope of a single EITC programme corresponds to about 15 hours of stationary didactics and learning). Therefore a given EITCA Academy programme corresponds to 150-180 hours of complexity content, and as such it constitutes a higher education (relevant to postgraduate level), joint, thematic and consistent competencies certification in a specific area of IT.

In short EITCA Academy groups relevant EITC certification programmes in a specific discipline (e.g. Information Security or Computer Graphics). To obtain a joint EITCA Academy certification one must pass all consisting EITC examinations (and thus is entitled to a joint EITCA Academy certificate and all the relevant EITC certificates). The cost of EITCA Academy is somewhat lower than sum of individual costs of relevant EITC programmes constituting corresponding EITCA Academy.

One can also choose to pursue only individual EITC programme(s) and thus obtain just the selected EITC certificates, that are addressed to a narrow topic, technology or software (e.g. cryptography fundamentals, object programming, HTML, raster graphics in Adobe Photoshop, etc.).

Everyone can participate in the EITCA Academy and EITC certification programmes. The programmes are available on-line and there are no limitations to countries or nationalities. The only condition is an Internet access for distant learning and remote examination required for the certification procedures and certificates issued in Brussels.

To start you need to register an account in the EITCA Academy. The registration of account is free. With the account you gain access to demonstrations and free resources that will allow you to better choose adequate EITCA Academy or EITC Certification.

To sign up for the EITCA Academy or the EITC certification programme(s) of your choice, you need to register an account (for free, with access to demos and free resources) and then purchase your selected EITCA Academy or EITC programme(s). You can add items to the "cart", and after completing selection you will be able to pay the fee finalizing formalities. Then you will participate in your chosen programme(s).

As for the EITCA Academies there is a valid 80% EU subsidy (applicable worldwide due to ERDF funding, resulting with the EITCA Academy fee effectively reduced to 20% for all participants who have a 5-letter EU subsidy code) you might want to choose EITCA Academy insted of a range of individual EITC certification programmes, if your are in posession of the EU subsidy code.

In case of institutions and companies delegating their personel, the purchase can be done on a "business" account with numbers of programmes corresponding to the institution/company needs. The bulk volume discounts will be applied automatically.

As with all professional, formally accredited and certified higher level education, the EITCA Academy (and included EITC certification programmes) are not free. However the cost of the programme due to distant education and remote examination is maximally reduced. The EITCA Academy's mission is to revolutionize the EU based formal professional competencies confirmation in domain of IT/ICT and make it accessible to participants worldwide.

The current fees for the EITCA Academy and the EITC certification programmes are presented in the Fees section. The given fees encompass all of the costs including certification procedures and the official, paper certificates issuing (there are no additional or hidden fees of any sort), except of the costs of the certificates shipment from Brussels, to your country (the relevant costs are standard tracked international letter's costs in Brussels and can be covered after completing certification procedures). It is also possible to permamently or temporarily only use electronic certifications (which can also be printed from the electronic certification panel on http://www.eitci.org/validate).

The cost of the EITCA Academy constitutes a fraction of the cost of comparable level of education and certification in the EU countries, but in formal terms does not differ. The EU issued certificates formally confirm comptencies gained through education and examinations in Brussels in internationally recognized EU EITCA or EITC standards. Additionally due to on-line form there are no living costs associated with traditional, stationary abroad education.

Moreover as a part of the implementation of the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe (part of the Europe 2020 strategy), thanks to the ERDF funding, the EITCA Academy 80% of the costs EU subsidy, enables efective reducection of the price of all of the available EITCA Academies costs to just 20%, which is especially important for the participants from developing countries.

Finally, there are some educational resources that are available for free, after free registration of the account, that allow to better familiarize with the EITCA Academy model and better-informed decission of standard, paid participation. In order to access there resources (along with relevant demonstrations, including remote exams) please register an account.

How it worksin 3 simple steps

(after you choose your EITCA Academy or a selected range of EITC certificates out of the full EITCA/EITC catalogue)

Learn & practice

Follow on-line open-access materials preparing for the exams. There are no class-hours, you study when you can.

Get EITCA Certified

After preparing you take fully on-line EITC exams. After passing all you obtain EITCA Academy Certificate.

Launch your career

The official EU EITCA Academy certificate with all documents is a formal recognition of your skills.

Yes. Learning and certification process along with all the examinations is conducted fully remotely on-line within a modern e-learning platform in an asynchronous mode. Thanks to flexibly of organized e-learning didactic process along with all the examinations carried out asynchronously via Internet (allowing highest flexibility in time with participant self organizing his learning activity at his / her convenience), physical presence of the participant is not necessary, therefore many barriers are eliminated (e.g. geographical, logistical, financial, etc.).

A participant has an individual, unlimited access to the e-learning platform providing a well planned step-by-step didactic process supervised by the staff responsible for the execution of the programme according to the guidelines of the EITCI Institute, including electronic materials: lectures (in a multimedia text form along with illustrations, animation, photographs or videos available directly on the e-learning platform) with addition of tutorials, laboratories (also including free access to the software, as well as relevant interactive applications) and unlimited remote didactic consultations.

The on-line didactics is programmed into an EITC course which ends in a remote EITC examination (of the closed test characteristic, including 15 random multiple-choice test questions on the given EITC course content). This remote test is taken by the participant within the the e-learning platform (where the participant is presented with the interactive test which implements random choise of test questions, the ability to return to answered or unanswered questions and time limitation which is 45 minutes). The EITC examination passing score is 60% positive answers but failure in achieving this limit enables participant to retake the exam without additional fees (there are 2 free retake attempts, after which further examination retakes require a payment fee amounting to 20 Euro to be processed). Completion of all EITC exams which constitute an EITCA certification results automatically in issuing to the participant the relevant EITCA Academy certification (there are no additional EITCA examinations). All the procedures are implented fully remotely in Brussels and the ceritificate is sent to the participant.

An important feature of the e-learning platform enables for a detailed analysis of each participant's teaching process, including full statistics of all the activities within the e-learning platform allowing to generate activity reports, as well as automatic identification and support of participants having problems with didactic materials. A thorough analysis of the activity in the teaching process enables an individualized approach to participants if necessary. It also may be used by participants themselves to document formally their learning activities to third parties or for they own analysis and planning.

The e-learning platform is constantly supported both administratively and technically. Administration includes technical management and overall control of the platform functioning. Technical support includes user support with a dedicated helpdesk and maintenance solving problems related to safety subsystems , data archiving, database and updating platform functionalities (actions carried out continuously by specialized staff).

So far the EITCI Institute have issued over 100 thousand EITC and EITCA certificates worldwide covering specialized areas of applied computer science, as well as programmes for public administration digitization (eGovernment) and prevention of digital exclusion.

Each EITC certification course contains 15 learning hours of programme content ending with an exam for the relevant EITC certification. Completion of EITC course can be achieved in 2 days, however there are no time requirements and a participant can plan a longer period (for example a week or 2 weeks by spending on learning correspondindly one hour or 2 hours daily).

Each EITCA Academy comprises of 10-12 courses EITC certification courses alltogether containing a programme content of 150-180 learning hours. In general under the assumption that learning takes place in working week days it is possible to complete EITCA Academy programme in less than one month (every working week day learning). Another reference time schedule is one academic semester (usually 5 months) when a participant is able to finish the EITCA certification programme by learning only one day a week.

The learning hours of the programme content mentioned above define a reference substantive content of the certification programme, as measured by the standards of academic hours of study. This means that respective trainings would take 150-180 hours, if they were conducted in a stationary form. Also it depends on individual participant's characteristic in preparation and learning abilities which may result in a faster or a slower pace. Due to the fact that the training is conducted in asynchronous e-learning form, its actual implementation time depends on the individual skills of each participant and may be extended or shortened (the time frame of the training is tailored to the individual needs of the participants).

Basically EITCA Academy certification is formed from a certain group of EITC certifications (usually 10 to 12). However by obtaining all these EITC certifications the participant is also issued with a dedicated EITCA certification which certifies his or her skills in a certain field.

It is possible to pursue EITCA certification by obtaining individual EITC courses buying access to them one by one but it is also possible to buy the EITCA Academy participation with an access to the whole group of EITC courses within the chosen EITCA Academy. This entitles participant to EU ERDF supported access with significantly reduced EITCA Academy fee, available worldwide.

The participant can choose between the realization of the complete EITCA Academy (12 or 10 EITC courses), and the realization of a single EITC course (or selection of EITC courses) from the ETICA Academy programme.

Yes. In both EITC and EITCA Academy programme the learning process includes unlimited remote consultations with didactic staff. If any difficulties with understanding of the material or in performing tasks should occur, or if a participant has any questions or concerns regarding the programme contents, didactic staff is to be consulted with. Consultation is conducted via a special interface in the e-learning platform or by email. Forms and instructions for querying didactic staff are to be found directly on the e-learning platform.

The current selection of available certifications comprises 50 EITC certifications and 7 EITCA Academy certifications.

However due to organizational limitation in number of issued EITC and EITCA certifications in distinct programmes (a current limit of 600 issues of each of available certification programme monthly introduced in order to assure a more balanced and wider IT skills development) some certifications can be subject to temporal unavailability.

Yes, there is a possibility to retake both failed or passed EITC examinations. The first 2 retakes are free of charge, but with further there is a requireda a processing fee of 20 Euro for each retake. Participant can retake a passed test to improve the score for better presentation on the certification. One needs to note also that there are not EITCA Academy examinations (the examinations are only assigned to EITC courses, passing each of them results with an EITC certification issueing, while the EITCA Academy certification is only issued for passing a relevant group of EITC examinations). The scores presented on the EITCA Academy certification are the scores of all EITC certifications comprising a certain EITCA Academy.

Yes. Participants will have access to the e-learning platform with all didactic materials and resources in their relevant EITC courses or/and EITCA Academies even after completion of the training, passing exams and obtaining relevant certifications.

The EITCA Academy is an European Union based and accredited education and certification international programme standardizing frameworks of competencies in the Information Technologies industry. It has no formal equivalance to any of the national educational programmes. However in terms of contents of the programme, it's complexity and the resulting professional profile of the EITCA Academy certification holder it can be best compared to the national-level accredited postgraduate higher-education studies. On the other hand the EITCA Academy certification along with EITC certifications are not equivalent to vendor-centric IT professional certifications issued by different IT vendors (such as Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe, etc.), being independent from vendors and thus focusing on real value of certified competencies, rather than standing as part of the strategy of product competition and marketing between IT vendors. However that they have in common with professional vendor issued IT certifications is that they focus on practical aspects and applicability of the certified knowledge and skills.

What does it mean in practice?

EITCA Academy certification is not a postgraduate national-level higher education diploma, but an international IT industry competencies certification standard, which is however vendor independent. Within EITCA Academy programme the certification holder does not obtain a national-level postgraduate diploma (a master's degree diploma) or a vendor certification but an international, EU based Information Technologies industry formal competencies certification, with the range of certified knowledge and skills equivalent to postgraduate studies and series of thematic vendors certifications. There is no eligibility criteria to undertake EITCA Academy (or any component EITC certification course) and no prior qualifications (e.g. a bachelor degree achieved in undergraduate studies is generally required to undertake further postgraduate studies in academic higher-education, which is not a precondition for EITCA Academy participation).

The EITCA Academy certification alone enables it's holder to professionaly work in the field of the held certification. While employer's generally require higher-education diploma they do not require for the diploma to be a national-level (generally this distinction is important for the matters associated with the costs of studies and public funding of the higher-education in a given country). The employers usually value incentive on the candidate's side in terms of self development, education and experience and as such will recognize the international certification of EITCA Academy in favor of the candidate. Nevertheless EITCA Academy certification could be treated as a way to supplement the undergraduate or postgraduate national-level educational diploma with more specialized, professional IT industry certification. Certainly it constitutes an important asset in the certificate's holder CV proving his international ranged activity in qualifications development. Even with specialized postgraduate education diploma a relevant EITCA Academy certification will prove a valuable asset in the CV and will increase the employment prospects not only by formally confirming possesed IT qualifications and competencies but also proving ability of the candidate to successfully pursue his education by obtaining the EU based internationally recognized IT industry-level, vendor independent certification.

According to the Bologna Process the EU works towards an integrated higher education framework. Currently main mean to achieve this goal is by standardization in all EU countries and some other countries willing to participate in this system that higher education should be based on qualifications and divided into main 3 cycles: the 1st cycle of qualifications (informally referred to as undergraduate studies, usually finished with the bachelor's degree), the 2nd cycle (informally referred to as postgraduate or graduate studies, usually finished with the master's degree) and the 3rd cycle, the doctorate studies (usually included not only education but also own research finished with the doctorate). Additionally to the above the Bologna Process has introduced the ECTS credits system (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) that introduces a measure of credits (or ECTS points) assigned to courses, usually with 1 ECTS being assigned to 15 up to 30 hours of stationary didactic programme. The ECTS credits serve as a reference to compare complexity of courses in different higher educational institutions and by agreements between these institutions to acknowledge the courses completed in different institutions on the basis of ECTS credits support international exchange of EU students and studying abroad.

By comparison of the complexity and content of the programme the EITCA Academy can be best compared to the postgraduate (2nd cycle) level of higher education. The competencies achieved by completion of the EITCA Academy as confirmed by the EITCA certification are contentwise equivelent in terms of advancement to the postgraduate university diploma, with this difference that the EITCA Academy certification is not a national-level issued document but an international and is focused on a particular field of IT, rather than on the whole discipline. This more specialized focus of the EITCA Academy certification might be advantagoues also in comparison to the postgraduate (master'r degree) diploma for professional career. Usually postgraduate studies programme is more broadely defined (e.g. Computer Science, Business Administration, Economics, Mathematics, etc.) than the EITCA Academy which encompasses one of the specific fields of Information Technologies (e.g. Information Security, Business Information Technologies, Computer Graphics, etc.). Usually the postgraduate master's degree studies contains from 1500 to 3000 hours referenced by 60 to 120 ECTS correspondingly (a standard academic year usually consists of 1500 hours). The EITCA Academy encompasses a didactic programme of 150-180 hours, however referenced by 30 to 60 ECTS (it comprises 10-12 EITC courses, each assigned with 3 to 5 ECTS on the basis of content comparison in reference to academic standards in relevant topics, with time-reference of 15 hours for each EITC course, corresponding however to 60 up to 90 hours in standard academic course due to the individual and asynchronous model of education present in the EITCA Academy). Thus EITCA Academy can be compared to 1 academic year of higher education 2nd cycle studies (master's degree level) in terms of content, complexity and competencies formally confirmed. On the other hand the EITC certifications correpsond in contentwise terms to the academic courses in higher-education (assigned with 3 to 5 ECTS credits in the EU academic credits transfer system), as well as to the vendor-issued IT product or technology certifications, due to applicability and practical character.

In terms of content the EITCA Academy certification programme (equivalent of 150-180 hours of stationary classes, i.e. a standard academic year or 2 academic semesters) corresponds to specialized postgraduate studies, yet with the advantage of the EU certification standard with international nature and recognition (EU certificates issued in Brussels are recognized worldwide). An important feature of the EITC/EITCA certification programmes is a possibility to complete only chosen single EITC programmes corresponding to the individual courses forming the respective EITCA Academy (single specialized certified EITC courses with an average didactic content of 15 hours). The EITCA and EITC competence certification programmes include programme content designed from the basis up so that no prior IT knowledge is required to complete them, despite their advanced and specialized form. This enables even most specialized EITC/EITCA programmes to be successfully completed by individuals without prior IT expertise, while being also relevant for IT professionals and experts in the corresponding areas.

Summarizing EITCA Academy is recommended as an internationally recognized professional IT certification supplementary to the national-level undergraduate or postgraduate level higher education diploma (i.e. bachelor's or master's degree), which can be however in a more general or even different discipline from the field that the certification holder seeks to pursue her or his career (with the relavant EITCA Academy certification covering this field). It is possible to succesfully seek employment without higher education diploma holding EITCA Academy certification also because it can formally prove on the basis of programme contents covered by certification that the advancement of confirmed competencies is equivelant to 1 year post-graduate academic studies for a master's degree, but within an international, IT industry oriented certification standard accredited by the European Information Technologies Certification Institute (EITCI) in Brussels, EU. It should be noted that valuation of the EITCA Academy IT certification standard against the national-level postgraduation education diplomas or IT vendors industry-level certifications depends on the employer, however with reported increased tendency in EITC/EITCA standard recogniton not only in the EU.

Generally yes. If you study on the European university (not necessarily in the EU but in the country participating in the ECTS standard) this decision is more automatic as the EITCA Academy and EITC certifications are ECTS compatibile. Nevertheless it is still the decision on the side of the university administration to accept or decline accounting of completion of a certain EITC certification course in the academic studies programme (such inquiry should be made to the Dean office along with the relevcant EITC/EITCA certifications and their supplements). The EITC and EITCA certifications are provided with the detailed programme supplements (conforming the Diploma Supplement EU reference standard) that will allow for a proper consideration of contentwise equivalence with a relevant university course or the corresponding ammount of qualifications and competencies even by the universities in the countries which are not participating in the ECTS system.

The EITCA Academies consist of groups of individual EITC certification courses, each of those is assigned with the ECTS credits (usually from 3 to 5 ECTS), awarded to the certification holder. The EITC/EITCA percantage based grading scale is also fully compatible with ECTS grading scale.

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) serves as a EU based standard for comparing the academic study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other European countries seeking to participate in the ECTS standard. For successfully completed courses relevant numbers of ECTS credits are awarded. The ECTS credits serve as a reference to compare complexity of courses in different higher educational institutions and by agreements between these institutions to acknowledge the courses completed in different institutions on the basis of ECTS credits support international exchange of EU students and studying abroad. It should be noted that many countries have similar standards, which can easily account ECTS credits too.

EITCA Academy certifications and EITC certifications provide formal, internationally recognized confirmation of individual's competencies in specific field of Information Technologies related to applied and practical in terms of job markets fields of IT. The EITC/EITCA certifications are formal, internationally recognized documents supporting or replacing other formal ways of confirming knowledge, skills and competencies acquired within higher and vocational education (including national-level diplomas of the universities and schools). In this regard the EITCA Academy certification is implementing the EU Diploma Supplement standard (DS, http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm), providing a standardized description of the content, level and context and status of the IT related competencies acquired by the holder, designed as an aid to help recognition of these competencies on professional fields of activities. EITCA Academy programme, conducted under the accreditation of the European Information Technologies Certification Institute (EITCI) in Brussels, allows - after successful completion of on-line examination procedure - to obtain physically the EITCA Academy certificates issued in Brussels, along with the detailed diploma supplements. Certification is possible both within the complete EITCA Academy programme in the chosen field (examinations within all courses included in the academy programme resulting in complete EITCA Academy certificate, the diploma supplement along with all relevant EITC certificates), as well as within more specialized single EITC courses (single exam and single EITC certificate within each respective EITC programme).

The EITCA Academy and EITC certification procedures result not only with issuance of properly secured traditional paper form certificates (in case of the EITCA Academy accompanied by the detailed diploma supplements and all the relevant EITC certificates, and in the case of the EITC certificates containing detailed description within the certifacate itself), but also with issuance of relevant electronic certifications. The electronic EITC/EITCA certifications should be understood as their unique ID numbers, that upon entering along with the securing data to the EITCI Institute certification validation system allow for online verification of the certifications along with details of programme scope completed by the certificate holder, as well as printing of the adequate confirmations and supplements. The EITC certifications (obtained individually or as a part of the EITCA Academy certification) are designed with ID carrying visual tags (QR codes) that enable automatic machine recognition and verification by visual tag scanning applications.

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