NVQs use the personal portfolio of the candidate for the evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills.

A personal portfolio is a central way of evaluating your work experience and knowledge. In the personal portfolio, depending on the content of the selected NVQ catalogue, you collect various evidence of your work experience and skills that can be taken into account in your certification for the selected NVQ.

Evidence that you place in your personal portfolio can comprise various employer certificates of work-related training, work experience certificates, licences, certificates of participation in seminars and courses, school certificates for completed formal education programmes, certificates of participation or completion of non-formal education programmes, reference letters, statements, products, professional articles, various authorships, acknowledgements, commendations, and other similar pieces of evidence. Certificates on skills acquired by working in a home environment, by volunteering, by pursuing hobbies, by performing holiday or student work, by performing leisure activities, by travelling, by meeting new people, by using different media, etc. can also be used.

Candidates are assisted by an NVQ advisor in the preparation of the personal portfolio

NVQ consultants have completed a training programme for a consultant in NVQ verification and validation procedures and are specially trained to advise NVQ procurement candidates. It is the task of consultants to provide advice and assistance to the candidate throughout the process of obtaining an NVQ, to assist the candidate in the creation of a portfolio, and to advise on the relevant evidence that the candidate places in their portfolio.

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