EFCoCert & ViaSyst – an unique expertise for competence certification

“The Swiss partner (i.e. ViaSyst & EFCoCert) is the only organization in Europe that develops European certifications schemes for persons that are ISO 17024 compliant.” Hungarian NA, 2017

“The participation of Swiss organizations (i.e. ViaSyst & EFCoCert) provides real added value to the project because of the special skills and knowledge that these organizations have owned in the past and can ensure a significantly higher quality regarding the results of the proposal.” Hellenic NA, 2018

These are some of the comments of National Agencies highlighting the ViaSyst & EFCoCert unique & demonstrated know-how & experience for developing ISO 17024 compliant dematerialized EU competence certification schemes. 

Thus, the message is clear: ViaSyst & EFCoCert are the partners that any consortium aiming to develop and operate a competence certification scheme shall not miss.  

ViaSyst & EFCoCert tightly cooperate since 2013 within EU funded projects (6 to date, see Annexes), and ideally complete each other whereby:

  • ViaSyst SA is a private IT company whose core business is to design, develop & operate as SaaS (Software as a Service) dematerialized IT solutions dedicated to certification schemes.
  • EFCoCert Foundation ensures the development, sustainability and exploitation of competence certification schemes, through an ISO compliant standardisation process, and

ViaSyst  & EFCoCert have experience & expertise relevant for the following ERASMUS+ programme:

  • ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership for vocational education and training
  • ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership – Exchange of good practices

ViaSyst & EFCoCert is the only dedicated partner tandem in Europe that has the necessary expertise & know-how for:

  • developing EU competence certification schemes that are ISO 17024 compliant,
  • operating and broadening the dissemination of these schemes in a scheme owner position, through affiliated certification bodies (CBs),
  • proposing a harmonised dematerialised exam, remotely available, consistent for all participating CBs,
  • developing & exploiting as a SaaS the necessary IT tools for consistent scheme implementation,
  • monitoring CBs’ performance and certification credibility & consistency through a solid integrity program, operated on the IT SaaS platform. 
  • elaborating & implementing a sustainable business model,

ViaSyst  & EFCoCert board members & directors gather the following expertise and experience:

  • Definition and co-coordination of European projects (since 2003: ESF, FP5, FP6, InterReg, LdV, ERASMUS+)
  • Develop European skill cards for non-regulated professions (i.e. European projects: CERTITRAIN, MENTORCERT, CERTI4Headmasters, Mentor4WBL@EU)
  • Develop IT platforms that ensures the dematerialization of competence exam processes (CERTITUDE,  CERTI4TRAIN, Mentor4WBL@EU)
  • Sustainability and exploitation of EU funded projects (ERASMUS+) competence certification schemes: CERTITUDE, CERTI4TRAIN, MENTORCERT, Mentor4WBL@EU
  • ISO, CASCO, & CEN (international and European) standardisation expertise since 2001

Annexes

1. Viasyst & EFCoCert participation in EU co-funded projects

EU programme Project name, year Coordinator
Leonardo da Vinci
Transfer of Innovation
CERTITUDE, 2012-2014 IRUP (France)
Leonardo da Vinci
Partnership
CERTITRAIN, 2013-2015 LIST (Luxembourg)
Leonardo da Vinci
Transfer of Innovation
CERTI4TRAIN, 2014-2016 LIST (Luxembourg)
ERASMUS+
Strategic Partnership (VET)
MENTORCERT, 2017-2019 BGE (Hungary)
ERASMUS+
Strategic Partnership (School)
CERTI4Headmasters, 2018-2020 Teach For Belgium (Belgium)
ERASMUS+
Strategic Partnership (VET)
Mentor4WBL@EU, 2018-2020 IME GSEVEE (Greece)

2. National agencies comments about ViaSyst & EFCoCert participation in past and ongoing projects

 

2017, Hungary, evaluation of the MentorCert project proposition

   

“CERTI4TRAIN is a finished, high quality project, it produced a European competence matrix for CVET trainers and an ISO 17024 compliant CVET trainer certification scheme.”

                                 

“The partnership consists of four university partners (HU, UK, PG, PL) an organization which operates business mentor network (FR) and a Swiss foundation, EFCoCert who has experience in EU-level certification issues.”

                                 

“Switzerland is not a program country, but it can join the consortium as a partner country. Its participation is justified by the fact that the Swiss partner is the only organization in Europe that develops European certifications schemes for persons that are ISO 17024 compliant.”

 

2018, Belgium, evaluation of the Certi4Headmasters project proposition

   

“The participation of Switzerland provides a relevant added value.”

                                 

“The project seems well thought and follows in the logic of certifying and structuring in-field acquired (formal and non-formal) competences in education (competences referential). […] the creation of the Headmaster skill card, is multisource and relevant, coming from the professional needs and practices (not just a theoretical approach). The Swiss partner has a clear experience in the subject and the right technical skills.”

                                 

“Previous experiences from the CERTITUDE project is an asset as is the will to further deepen in the same methodological direction to cover other profiles.

   

“The Swiss partner has a more scientific/technical role so as to provide the framework and coherence to the approach which enhances the synergy and anticipates quality results.”

 

2018, Greece, evaluation of the Mentor4WBL@EU project proposition

   

“The participation of organizations from partner countries provides real added value to the project because of the special skills and knowledge that these organizations have owned in the past and can ensure a significantly higher quality regarding the results of the proposal.”

BENEFICIATE OF ASSOCIATED SERVICES, KNOW-HOWS AND MODULES

VIASYST ASSOCIATED SERVICES TO SCHEME OWNERS

ViaSyst is not a common IT company. ViaSyst has been founded and is managed by its 2 unique shareholders which have following background: :
management system (mostly ISO) audit & certification (own CB from 1998 to 2015), scheme management (GFSI benchmarked), standardisation (ISO 9001 & 22000 families), and training. Thus, ViaSyst, with an efficient team, is in an ideal situation to assist scheme owners to analyse data and target investigations – and/or to develop training modules.

E-LEARNING & PEDAGOGICAL ENGINEERING

ViaSyst has a wide validated experience and leadership in e-learning pedagogy, developed since 2000. According to the pedagogical objectives and approaches, ViaSyst develops adapted e-learning platforms.

Thus, ViaSyst can assist you as a scheme owner to design, develop and deploy training modules for your scheme users, e.g. CBs, auditors, CB super-users, major stakeholders.

AUDITOR COMPETENCE CERTIFICATION KNOW-HOW & PLATFORM

Auditor competence is a burning issue. The furthermore at scheme owner’s level, with multiple CBs involved, in multiple countries.

ViaSyst has both experience and a remote competence assessment platform to put auditor’s competence under control, at a global scheme level.

This is a typical example of what kind of partnership ViaSyst is aiming to develop with scheme owners over the time.