In the PROVE Project, practitioners and researchers from six EU countries worked together under the coordination of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Prof. Dr. Anita Pachner) and the University of Tübingen.

Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Coordinator

Since April 2021, the project has been completed under the coordination of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, where Prof. Dr. Anita Pachner holds a professorship in Lifelong learning at the Faculty of Philosophy and Education. The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) has a unique profile in the higher education sector. The University is committed to contributing to development in and for wider society, to sustainability, to equality of opportunity, and to interdisciplinary and international exchange.

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Coordinator

The University of Tübingen represents the HE-sector. It brings its long-standing and extensive experience in the successful coordination of European multilateral projects and networks as well as an appropriate infrastructure for doing so to the PROVE project. Furthermore, the Unit Adult Education/Further Education at the Institute of Educational Sciences has a long-standing tradition in application-oriented research and project work concerning (transversal) competences. These competences are important for lieflong learning as well as the professionalization of professionals supporting lifelong learning.

Citeforma - Centro de Formação profissional

CITEFORMA is a VET centre created in 1987 and having as grantors “Institute of the Employment and Vocational Training” and "SITESE-Workers Union and Technical Services". It is a private non-profit entity.
Citeforma offers training solutions aimed at the integration in the labour market of people with inappropriate professional qualifications, answers to professional development needs of those looking for specialization, offering a range of alternatives in terms of retraining and support to new job opportunities.
Since 2006 it is also possible to obtain in CITEFORMA a professional or academic certification of competences based on processes of validation of non-formal and informal learning. CITEFORMA´s Qualifica (Recognition, Validation and Certification of Competencies) Centre, works in a close partnership with other Qualifica Centre in Lisbon region.
CITEFORMA strategically assumes a culture of innovation and quality, based on a quality management system, certified by NP ISO 9001:2015 since 2014. CITEFORMA provides consulting services in order to help its clients in the implementation and evaluation of its quality management system.


Foundation European Centre Valuation Prior Learning (EC-VPL)

The European Centre Valuation Prior Learning (EC-VPL) was founded in 2002 and is a non-profit organisation. The Centre studies, accumulates and distributes information on every imaginable aspect of Lifelong Learning-Strategies in which the systematics of Valuation/Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) plays a structuring role.
The mission of the centre is to prioritise the systematics of VPL in its functionalities for the society and its stakeholders. VPL is a systematic that, independent of the type of learning programme, focuses on recognising, valuing, validating and developing the competences that someone has previously learned in any type of learning environment. Personalised learning is the dynamic learning concept focused on the individual learner, which can initiate (or help initiate) and establish tailored individual learning programmes in a learning culture based on self-driven, flexible, forward-looking lifelong learning.


Österreichisches Institut für Berufsbildungsforschung (öibf)

The Austrian Institute for Vocational Education Research (öibf) is a non-profit research institute in the non-university area. The scientific institute was founded in 1970 on the initiative of the Berufsförderungsinstitut with the support of interest groups for employees and the Federal Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs as well as Science and Research. It was one of the first institutions of this kind in Europe and is the most traditional VET research institution in Austria.
The field of work comprises the implementation and management of national and international research and development related to vocational and vocational education. In addition to empirical research, the goal of the öibf is to bring together isolated and fragmentary research results from various disciplines and thus to draw a comprehensive picture of the complex reality of education.
Contacts and cooperation with international institutions also in the context of supranational institutions exist since the year of foundation. The aim of the institute’s research and development work is the support of educational practice as well as scientific policy advice.
As in previous years, when the öibf completed around 1350 projects, a team of staff is working on scientific foundations for education and labor market policy in Austria and Europe. In addition to contract research, in-house projects are also carried out, in particular with regard to questions of scientific methodology.

Institut de Recherche et d'Information sur le Volontariat (iriv)

The Institute for Research and Information on Volunteering (iriv) is a free private institution, not-for-profit, independent of public administrations and economic interests, with the aim to improve knowledge and practice within the non-profit sector on lifelong learning. Focused on volunteering between 1997 and 2003, it has enriched its field of research since 2003 with migration, and Diversity since 2005. iriv Conseil, a private consultancy body, was created  in 2000 among  IRIV in order to carry out study & research and to conduct training on both a national and European level- it has been focused on  lifelong learning with a series of projects under LLLP 2000-2006, LLP 2007-2013  and since 2014 the Erasmus + programme ; firstly on non-formal and informal learning (Volunteering), secondly on migration (since 2003) and thirdly on diversity (since 2005)- more than 50 projects since 1997. The results of the projects are available on: (articles, research reports, guides, training & mentoring, portfolios, iriv’s 5 publications).  Since 2004, iriv has published an electronic review, les rives de l’iriv (; from  2016 to 2018, twice a year, a newsletter is dedicated to Migration; since 2018 a Newsletter is published twice a year on  Diversity.  Since 2017, iriv has implemented a portal- to present its actions on the ground: among migrants at the Cité des Métiers (since 2012) and among youngsters in Massy (since 2013).  It has organized or co-organized several conferences since its creation both on national and European ; it has also participated to several European conferences such EAPRIL gathering researchers, teachers & trainers, practitioners in the field of Education in Europe and worldwide. -Further information on:

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

AUTH represents the HE sector. As the largest university in Greece it can provide a sound basis for research on validation of learning outcomes in VET mobility programmes as well as the VET sector in general. AUTH has already introduced a system that facilitates a profound assessment and evidencing of service related to personal and social skills and competences that links the validation of “key competences” with existing learning outcomes-based validation and certification systems in order to give more substantial evidence of personal and social skill and competence developments to adult educators. To this end AUTH has been actively participating to the creation of a catalogue of assessment methods that will be offered for self, peer and external assessments. This catalogue will serve as a repository for adult educators and trainers, facilitators and assessors. AUTH has also been actively participating in piloting and evaluating prospect adult educators’ internships/traineeships focusing on the following competence fields:

  •     entrepreneurial skills and competences
  •     corporate social responsibility
  •     self-learning competences
  •     interculturality


Austrian Academy of Continuing Education (wba)

What is wba?
wba (short for "Weiterbildungsakademie Österreich"/Austrian Academy of Continuing Education) is a validation system for the qualification and recognition of adult educators.

Adult educators' qualifications are recognised according to set standards based on qualification profils.
Launched in 2007 wba acknowledges prior learning results and offers guidance and counselling as far as the acquisition of missing skills is concerned.

Adult educators can submit competences and practical experience acquired in various ways and with different types of proofs. These supporting documents are assessed on the basis of the wba-qualification profils and then acknowledged. Lack of competences can be made up by attending further courses or by submitting further evidence. wba-graduates receive a recognised wba-certificate or wba-diploma.
Whilst adult education in Austria is still a heterogeneous field and difficult to compare, wba sets standards and fosters the professionalization of the Austrian adult education.
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Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (DIE)

The German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) is the central institution for research, politics and practice of adult and continuing education in Germany and is a member of the Leibniz Association. Our remit covers research on adult teaching and learning, further education programmes and the political and institutional framework conditions of lifelong learning. The DIE contributes to the transfer of knowledge in Germany and Europe and provides an infrastructure for research and practice. In terms of its structure, size and scientific profile, the institute is a unique establishment, both in the European education system and beyond.


Erik Kaemingk, independent advisor life-long-learning, validation of learning and director of Bureau2Go (