- Formal recognition: the process of granting official status to competences, either
- through the award of certificates or
- through the grant of equivalence, credit units, validation of gained competences;
- social recognition: through acknowledgment of the value of competences by economic and social stakeholders.
SOURCE: Terminology of European education and training policy-a selection of 100 key terms. CEDEFOP, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008.