Assessment is the first and vital step of the ECVET process: the learning outcomes of a person must be assessed and documented by a competent body A, before they can be transferred and recognised in a different context or country by a competent body B.
The assessment has to be understood as a process distinct from the training .
The organisers of exams, assessors and trainers all need to understand the ECVET principles and cooperate.
Many training providers offer short earth building modules, from a few days to one or two weeks, where time may be considered an obstacle to organising assessment. But there are many options for different combinations of training, practice and assessment, as well as for assessment methods.
A certain amount of practice is necessary in addition to the specific training, to achieve an appropriate level of skill for a craftsperson to offer work to a client.
Guidelines and instructions for ECVET Earth building assessments exist but the Learn•Earth partners did not specify precise tasks or minimum standards for a degree of difficulty, such as a minimum surface that has to be plastered during an exam, for instance. Our common work and exchange as assessors has proved that the Partners and training organisations take the assessments seriously, that the assessors are competent and that there is trust between the partners.