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10. Youth work

10.6 Recognition and validation of skills acquired through youth work

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Existing arrangements
  2. Skills

Existing arrangements

Participants in youth activities supported by Erasmus + can gain recognition of the skills and competencies acquired via Youthpass. This is a self-assessment tool where participants list skills and competencies acquired throughout the learning period. The tool is divided up into eight key competence areas:

  • Communication in foreign languages
  • Communication in the mother tongue
  • Cultural expression
  • Digital competence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Interpersonal, intercultural, and social competencies and civic competence
  • Learning to learn
  • Mathematical competence and basic competencies in science and technology

However, Youthpass is first and foremost a tool of recognition, a certification that confirms that the individual took part in the program in question. No laws or regulations stipulate accreditation towards a qualification in Iceland. It is the responsibility of each school to articulate how or if he accredits what the Youthpass confirms.


No national policies or recognition mechanisms identify competencies that can be acquired through youth work. The national curriculum for both compulsory and upper secondary schools stipulates key competencies, but that applies to formal education.