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EACEA National Policies Platform


10. Youth work

10.6 Recognition and validation of skills acquired through youth work

Last update: 7 January 2021
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  1. Existing arrangements
  2. Skills

Existing arrangements

Political recognition of professional youth work has been strengthened over the past decades by the legislation framework and the laws adopted. Non-formal education was strengthened especially by the revised 2016 Youth Law (loi modifiée du 24 avril 2016 portant modification de la loi modifiée du 4 juillet 2008 sur la jeunesse) and the 2017 grand-ducal regulation (règlement grand-ducal du 28 juillet 2017 portant établissement du cadre de référence national 'Éducation non formelle des enfants et des jeunes') on the introduction of a national framework on non-formal education of children and young people. These legislations introduced a monitoring system for institutions of non-formal education (e.g. local youth centres) and define the objectives of non-formal education.

The formal recognition of non-formal education and learning in youth work is specified in the 2009 grand-ducal regulation on Youth (règlement grand-ducal du 9 janvier 2009 sur la jeunesse). The National Youth Service is in charge of the recognition procedure. Furthermore, the 2010 grand-ducal regulation (règlement grand-ducal du 11 janvier 2010 portant organisation de la validation des acquis de l'expérience pour la délivrance des brevets, diplômes et certificats prévue au chapitre V de la loi du 19 décembre 2008 portant réforme de la formation professionnelle) defines the validation of non-formal and informal learning procedure ('validation des acquis de l'expérience – VAE'). Furthermore, the certificate is an online tool that allows non-profit organisations to award their participants a certificate of competences. The tool is available to any organisation, club or institution offering training courses, projects or other activities on a regular basis. It is based on pre-defined skills and thereby fosters not only the skills' recognition, but also the development of a consistent definition of the various kinds of skills in youth workers.


There are no further top-level national policies and/or recognition mechanisms for specific skills and competences.