Certification of (advanced) training programmes

Since 2015 evalag offers certification of (advanced) training programmes within the scope of two different processes: institutional certification of (advanced) educational institutions as well as programme certification of advanced training offers.

Institutional certification (Guidelines, German versionPDF) validates and confirms that the institution has established effective processes and instruments for the quality assurance of their offers. Certification criteria are: goals and profile of the institution, governance and steering, resources, teaching and learning as well as quality assurance.

Programme certification validates the congruence between qualification goals and the conceptualisation as well as the effectiveness of its implementation (Guidelines, German versionPDF). Its objective is to confirm that the intended qualification goals and the desired competence profile can be achieved, and it determines the level on which these competences are to be classified on the scale according to the DQR (German Qualifiacations Framework). The following criteria (→PDF) are considered: programme profile, curriculum, student assessment, organisation of the (advanced) study programme, resources, curriculum and quality assurance.

Both certification processes are generally carried out as peer-review-process. Certification will be granted for five years, recertification for seven years. The final decision on the award of the certificate rests with the Accreditation Commission of evalag.

Both certifications are aligned with the "Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area" (ESG) and the quality standards of the German society for scientific training (DGWF). Besides, institutional certification is guided by the recommendations for quality development within the university advanced education of Swissuni (in the version dated October 2009).

CEO, Dr. Anke Rigbers (Tel. ++49(0)621.128545-10, rigbers(at)evalag.de) or Dr. Tanja Münch (Tel. ++49(0)621.128545-16, muench(at)evalag.de) will be at your disposal should you require further information.