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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


The recognition of the abilities acquired through non-formal and informal learning is done at the regional level, as mentioned in the sub-chapter 6.9.

This process began at an institutional level with the Royal Decree 272/2022, of 12 April which establishes the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

Existing arrangements

The Royal Decree explains that there is a European recommendation to facilitate progressive incorporation in the framework of non-formal learning. However, this Royal Decree constitutes a first phase in the definition of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning, given that it covers the regulated training of the education system, without including non-formal training, which will have to be incorporated in a second phase.


There are not specific mechanisms to recognize the skills of youth workers at a national level.