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e-Competence Certificates

eSkills training and certification are often hard to compare. They may be very specific and focused on the latest technology of one of the hardware or software suppliers, or more generic and providing overview of a field like architecture, business analysis or information security.One solution for this enigma is 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 Skils. This is the core idea of the Certification Profiles listed below.

A Certification Profile contains the core information about an eSkills related certificate and shows which e-competencies match with obtaining the certificate and compares those with the most relevant ICT-profiles.

Title Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) [Developer]
Provider Microsoft
Web source
Description The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification aims at students that want to demonstrate their technical skills. MTA certified students are able to understand and explain fundamental concepts of the topic on which they are being certified.
Target Group - Students
Corresponding ICT profiles - DEVELOPER
Prerequisites - None
Main subject(s) - Understanding Core Programming
- Understanding Object-Oriented Programming
- Understanding General Software Development
- Understanding Web Applications
- Understanding Desktop Applications
- Understanding Databases

Competence covered with this certificate Competence from the ICT Profiles
e-CF competency Level G/P/S DEVELOPER
A.6 Application Design 2 S
B.1 Application Development 2 G 3
B.2 Component Integration 2
B.3 Testing 2
B.5 Documentation Production 3
C.4 Problem Management 3

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Any mapping to the e-CF will have to deal with cases where the e-competence at hand, e.g. in a learning outcome, does not fit the description in the e-CF to its full extend. Here we used a grading (G/P/S) such that for e-competency:

For each e-competency the G (General), P (Partial) and S (Superficial) indicate the extend the competency is covered by the certificate:

The methodology behind the Certification Profiles has been developed during the eSkills Quality study for the European Commission. The final report of this study is available here.