The European Commission (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry; Entrepreneurship and SMEs) has contracted ECEC to develop proposals for Common Training Principles for Engineers covering all EEA countries.
Duration of the Project is six months starting April 2016.
The concept of Common Training Principles for Engineers was introduced by Directive 2013/55/EU that amended Directive 2005/36 EC on the recognition of professional qualifications. It offers the possibility to extend the mechanism of automatic recognition to new professions on the basis of commonly agreed training principles. These can take the shape of either a common training framework (Article 49a) or of a common training test (Article 49b).
The objective of Common Training Principles is to allow more professionals to move across Member States by enlarging the scope of qualifications subject to automatic recognition.
The objective of the project is to allow actors in the field of professional qualifications (e.g. professional organisations and / or competent authorities from members States for given professions) to present proposals for Common Training Principles for the engineering profession in view of having those further developed into a Common Training Framework or a Common Training Test.
The proposals will be developed on the basis of a mapping done in the Member States as well as after broad consultation with relevant stakeholders. The focus will be on the five professional groups of Civil and Environmental Engineers, Mechanical and Industrial Engineers, Electrotechnology Engineers, Mining Engineers and Geodetic Surveyors.
The mapping of relevant information will follow complementary approaches:
Analysis of already existing /collected data (e.g. regulated professions database http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/regprof/ , data available within ECEC. its partner organisations in the project and their member organisations)
Collection of missing information via written procedures supported by follow-up interviews if necessary
Information to the relevant stakeholders will be provided throughout the whole project. For an open and transparent process it is important to gain the support of as many relevant institutions / stakeholders as possible. They will have the possibility to contribute to the outcome of the project in written form, by giving interviews and by participating in a workshop / conference.
The project team consists of