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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
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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 1224/2009, 17th of July 2009, of recognition of the professional skills acquired through work experience (Real Decreto 1224/2009, de 17 de julio).

In the first article of this decree, the requirements and procedures for the recognition and evaluation of the professional competences acquired through non-formal education or work experience are established. The effects of the evaluation and recognition are also included in this decree.

Existing arrangements

The degrees obtained by attendees of courses of non-formal or informal education taught by youth workers are not recognized officially at any level: national, regional or local. The only existing legislation is the above-mentioned Royal Decree 1224/2009.

This law establishes the requirements to benefit from the recognition of the competences acquired in non-formal education and labor. These requirements are related to age, work experience, education level and nationality.

This decree also mentions the creation of an Evaluation and Monitoring Plan to review the quality, efficiency and impact of these degrees. The plan is intended to be developed by the General State Administration, the autonomous regions and the General Council for the Vocational Training (Consejo General de la Formación Profesional). Data from the autonomous regions will be used by the General State Administration to develop the plan. Finally, an annual report is planned with possible improvements sent to the General Council for the Vocational Training.


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