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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 Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching (CCNA)
Provider Cisco
Web source
Description Validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. CCNA certified professionals have the knowledge and skills to make connections to remote sites via a WAN, and mitigate basic security threats.
Target Group - Network Specialists
- Network administrators
- Network Support Engineers with 1-3 years of experience
Corresponding ICT profiles - NETWORK SPECIALIST
Prerequisites - passed CCNAX or ICND1 + ICND2 exams
Main subject(s) - Network Fundamentals
- LAN Switching Technologies
- Routing Technologies
- WAN Technologies
- Infrastructure Services
- Infrastructure Security
- Infrastructure Management

Competence covered with this certificate Competence from the ICT Profiles
B.1 Application Development 2
B.2 Component Integration 2 G 22
B.3 Testing 1 P 2
B.4 Solution Deployment 1 G 2
B.6 Systems Engineering 3 S
C.1 User Support 1 P 2
C.2 Change Support 2 S
C.3 Service Delivery 1 P
C.4 Problem Management 2 P 22
E.8 Information Security Management 2 P 22

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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.