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Europass Digital Credentials

Europass Digital Credentials

The European Commission is developing a technical infrastructure that organisations can use to issue digital credentials across the European Union. This technical infrastructure can be used by the Member States and various stakeholders when issuing Europass Digital Credential (EDCI) to learners. Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure provides a secure, trustworthy and fraud-resistant system that ensures data privacy and data protection.

Work is ongoing on the development of the Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure (EDCI). The EDCI will support authentication services for any digital documents or representations of information on skills and qualifications as outlined in Article 4 (6) of the Europass Decision.

A credential is a documented statement containing claims about a person issued by an educational organisation following a learning experience.

Europass Digital Credentials describe a learning achievement. They can describe:

  • activities (e.g. classes attended),
  • assessments (e.g. projects),
  • achievements (e.g. skills developed), 
  • professional entitlements (e.g. registration as a medical doctor) and
  • qualifications.

Who can benefit from the Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure (EDCI)?

As a digital file, credentials can include a wide range of valuable information that can help the recognition and understanding of the credential by employers and other institutions.

These functions benefit a wide range of stakeholders, including individuals, universities, vocational training providers and employers. The infrastructure can ensure a common understanding of qualifications and types of certifications across and beyond the European Union and that qualifications, competences and skills can be easily identified and understood by any EU Member State

Graduates and learners that receive credentials can store and organise their digital credentials in their Europass library, e-Portfolio or other platforms and wallets. Users can also share their Europass Digital Credentials with employers or other organisations. You can control what you want to share (e.g. whether they will send a web link or send information directly) and for how long (e.g. they can determine how long the web link stays active).

Information for implementers

Europass Digital Credentials are available to any school, college, university or training provider in Europe to issue credentials for free and secure them with their e-seal. This toll provides you the opportunity to issue degrees, diplomas, certificates of participation or other credentials to your learners. Credentials can be e-mailed to learners or directly deposited to their Europass profiles.

This tool is a public preview, which is still in development. More features, including support for all EU languages will be added shortly. Read about our development timeline here.

To use this tool please visit our portal page here.

Development

The European Commission is developing the tools, software and services that will form part of the Europass Digital Credentials. The Commission has begun working with EU Member States and other countries to pilot the EDCI. 18 countries are participating in piloting digital credentials to test these elements at national level.