Validation of informal learning in the professional field of event technicians
TeBeVAT is a pilot study about identification, recognition, assessment and validation of informal and non-formal competences and skills for occupations within the entertainment technology industry. The TeBeVAT-Process should eventually lead to partial certification within the examination requirements and specifications of vocational training and education certificates within the EU. Ultimately, an understanding of all certifications is the long-term goal to allow transparency and the freedom of movement for workers in the EU.
The first occupational category to be addressed is occupations in the field of sound technology. The ESCO classification of European skills, competences, qualifications, and occupations categorizes these occupations under the ISCO code 3521 = broadcasting and audio-visual technicians. The following listed occupations can be considered relevant for the pilot study:
- instrument technician
- audio production technician
- performance rental technician
- sound operator
- sound technician
- sound designer
- stage technician
Further occupations within the entertainment technology sector will be included in future TeBeVAT studies. The EU project ECVAET has been used as a source to help define the occupational competences and their relationship to each other.
The TeBeVAT- Process is based on four-steps:
Step 1 Identification: Information, Application, Counselling, and Guidance
TeBeVAT-Institutions (trade organisations/private entities/educational institutions) provide a platform for information and application. After application, a TeBeVAT-Mentor guides the candidate through the TeBeVAT-Process. Beginning with the TeBeVAT- Intake-Interview (one of the TeBeVAT-Tools), the TeBeVAT-Mentor assists the candidate to assemble a TeBeVAT-Portfolio. The TeBeVAT-Portfolio then remains a Life-Long Learning-Document-Tool that the candidate can use and update as needed.
Step 2 Pre-Assessment
If a formal certification is the goal of the process and a learning or training plan is in place that specifies which competences the candidate must accomplish before moving forward to assessment and certification, the TeBeVAT-Mentor uses the TeBeVAT-Tools to evaluate the evidence provided by the candidate and to determine the necessary learning plan. Otherwise, this step can be disregarded.
Step 3 Assessment
The TeBeVAT-Assessor uses all the provided information to assess the candidate. During the process, acknowledged tools and methods of assessment may be implemented. Finally, the TeBeVAT-Assessor prepares a document = TeBeVAT-Audit, for the validating institution and the candidate, confirming the candidate’s skills and competences. The specifications and requirements of the awarding validating bodies must be included in the TeBeVAT-Audit, as these will be necessary to issue a formal certificate, diploma or title. It is an attest that a set of learning outcomes (knowledge, knowhow, skills and/or competences) acquired by an individual have been assessed against a predefined standard.
Should the candidate disagree with the assessment in the TeBeVAT-Audit, an appeals process allows for a re-evaluation, beginning with Step 1. Throughout the first three steps, a quality assurance program in accordance with recognised EU quality standards. This guarantees that the process promotes common trust and transparency.
Step 4 Validation
The validation of the TeBeVAT-Audit will be dependent on the awarding body’s requirements and specifications. The validator must be appointed or recognized by the awarding body and be familiar with the TeBeVAT-Process. During the validation process, further requirements on the candidate regarding required courses or practical experience necessary to acquire knowledge or competences leading to certification will be determined and communicated to the candidate.
Step 5 Certification
The fifth step: Certification, can only be done by the awarding bodies in each partner country. This fifth and final step is not part of the TeBeVAT Process so far.