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The European e-Competence Framework



The e-Competence Framework, is a tool to describe the skills of professionals in ICT-related roles.The e-CF is a reference for job and role descriptions, skill development, training and education.The framework has been developed by a large number of European ICT and  HR experts in the context of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills.The European e-Competence Framework is structured from four dimensions. These dimensions reflect different levels of business and human resource planning requirements in addition to job/ work proficiency guidelines.


The four dimensions of the e-CF are specified as follows:

The 40 e-competencies of the e-CF

Click on the competency code in the list for the full description.

Dimension 1
e-competence area
Dimension 2
e-Competence: Title + generic description
A.9 Innovating
Devises creative solutions for the provision of new concepts, ideas, products or services. Deploys novel and open thinking to envision exploitation of technological advances to address business/ society needs or research direction.
Dimension 3
e-Competence proficiency levels (on e-CF levels e-1 to e-5, related to EQF levels 3 to 8
Level 4
Applies independent thinking and technology awareness to lead the integration of disparate concepts for the provision of unique solutions.

Level 5
Challenges the status quo and provides strategic leadership for the introduction of revolutionary concepts.

Dimension 4
Knowledge examples Knows/ Aware of/ Familiar with:
- K1 existing and emerging technologies and market applications
- K2 business, society and/ or research habits, trends and needs
- K3 innovation processes techniques
Skills examples Able to:
- S1 identify business advantages and improvements of adopting emerging technologies
- S2 create a proof of concept
- S3 think out of the box
- S4 identify appropriate resources

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