Assessment and certification of national vocational qualifications (NVQ) are carried out by a three-member panel appointed by the National Examinations Centre. The panel consists of a chairperson and two members who must hold a licence issued by the National Examinations Centre.
How to obtain a licence
A licence for a member of a panel for assessment and certification of NVQs can be obtained by anyone:
- having acquired a qualification which will be assessed as determined by the Catalogue of Standards of Professional Knowledge and Skills;
- having work experience within the profession during the last five years;
- having performed a training programme determined by a proposal of the relevant Council of Experts by the Minister.
Candidates for panel members can also obtain proof of qualification through direct assessment based on the Catalogue of Standards of Professional Knowledge and Skills determined by the Minister.
Based on public invitation for tenders at the National Examinations Centre, the Minister of Labour (or the Minister of Defence for military professions) appoints a list of panel members for each catalogue of standards of professional knowledge and skills separately. Members are appointed for a period of four years.
Procedure for obtaining a licence
A candidate for a member of a panel for assessment and certification of a NVQ answers to public invitation for tenders and submits to the National Examinations Centre the following documents:
- an application for acquisition of a licence;
- documents of proof, as determined by the Catalogue of Standards of Professional Knowledge and Skills, for a vocational qualification in question;
- a statement declaring a panel member would step down if a clash of interest occurred;
- a receipt showing administrative fees have been paid (€47.54).
The National Examinations Centre:
- checks whether staff conditions, as determined by the Catalogue of Standards of Professional Knowledge and Skills, are met and whether documents of proof of work experience in the profession during the last five years have been submitted;
- refers candidates for a three-day training at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (after having completed the training, candidates pass an exam and send the certificate to the National Examinations Centre).
If all these criteria are met, the National Examinations Centre issues a licence for a panel member which is valid for four years, after which time it must be renewed.
Outline of the procedure for obtaining a licence
Renewal of the validity of a licence
A licence for a member of a panel for assessment and certification of NVQ has to be renewed every four years. A member of a panel for assessment and certification of NVQs has to attend, or perform, one of the following activities at least once in the period before the licence expires:
- work in the profession;
- attend education and training in the profession;
- attend or give a lecture at a conference at home or a similar event at home and/or abroad;
- publish an article in a peer review, publication, book or monograph;
make a study visit abroad;
- be given an award by relevant institutions for achievement directly linked to standards of knowledge and skills from the area of vocational qualification for which he/she is a panel member.
As the Act defines that candidates for panel members have to have at least five years of work experience in the profession, it is necessary to attach to the application for the renewal of the licence, a document of proof confirming work experience of the past five years.
Members of a panel for assessment and certification of NVQ, subject to basic principles of ethic conduct and basic ethic values (outline – ethic principles of panel members), have to continually renew their professional competences, help define criteria for the assessment of individual tasks and analyse the reliability of assessment tools and improvement thereof.