Slovenian Qualifications Framework

The Slovenian Qualifications Framework (SQF) represents a unified system of qualifications in the Republic of Slovenia for the classification of qualifications into levels with regard to learning outcomes. It consists of 10 levels.


The SQF is aimed at everyone who wishes to find out about the wide choice of educational and other qualifications available in Slovenia or to verify the mutual comparability of different qualifications. You can use the SQF to check which level your educational or other qualification corresponds to in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) or the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA).


The table below shows classifications of individual typical qualifications by SQF levels with regard to the type of qualification (educational qualification, vocational qualification and supplementary qualification) and the correspondence of SQF levels with EQF levels.


By clicking on an individual type of qualification you can access its general description, while clicking on the SQF/EQF level gives you access to so-called SQF level descriptors, which cover the categories of knowledge, skills and competences.

 

  • Educational Qualifications
  • Vocational Qualifications
  • Supplementary Qualifications
SQF level 1 / EQF level 1

Knowledge

Elementary general knowledge enabling further systematic learning.

Skills

Basic literacy and the ability to learn information and concepts. Practical skills required to carry out simple, repetitive tasks or a short sequence of simple tasks.

Competences

Ability to operate in a specifically defined and highly structured setting.

SQF level 2 / EQF level 2

Knowledge

Basic general and applied knowledge covering understanding of the main social and natural concepts, processes and laws; serves as the basis for further learning and social participation.

Skills

Basic literacy and practical skills including the use of basic tools, methods and materials. Ability to carry out simple, repetitive tasks consisting of a small number of operations.

Competences

Ability to operate with limited autonomy on the basis of verbal or written instructions and to acquire new knowledge and skills in a predictable and structured setting. Taking a limited degree of responsibility.

SQF level 3 / EQF level 3

Knowledge

Predominantly practical, life- and vocationally relevant knowledge with some theoretical basis, acquired primarily through the study of examples, imitation and practice in the context of a specific discipline.

Skills

Basic literacy and practical skills on a limited scale including the use of appropriate tools, methods and materials. Application of known solutions to resolve predictable problems on a limited scale. Ability to carry out transparent and standardised tasks.

Competences

Ability to acquire new knowledge and skills in a structured context with appropriate guidance. Ability to operate with limited autonomy in a predictable and structured context on the basis of simple verbal or written instructions. Taking a limited degree of responsibility.

SQF level 4 / EQF level 4

Knowledge

Predominantly vocational knowledge supplemented by knowledge of theoretical principles, particularly those from the relevant discipline. The study of examples and the integration and application of knowledge take precedence over the principles of systematic scientific organisation. 

Skills

Application of knowledge to resolve various tasks and problems, including less typical situations. Wide-ranging and specialised skills in relation to the area of operation, including the use of appropriate tools, methods, different technological procedures and materials. Ability to carry out relatively transparent, less standardised tasks.

Competences

Ability to operate in a familiar and less familiar setting with a greater degree of responsibility and autonomy. Taking responsibility for characteristics and quality of products/services connected with work tasks or processes. Taking responsibility for own learning. Acquisition of new knowledge and skills in a supervised environment. This level is characterised by a certain entrepreneurial orientation and the ability to organise and work in teams.

SQF level 5 / EQF level 4

Knowledge

General and/or specialised knowledge acquired through knowledge of different academic and/or professional fields and theoretical principles. Represents a basis for further learning and slightly more advanced understanding of the discipline. Learning primarily takes place through analytical thinking.

Skills

Wide-ranging skills in relation to the area of operation, may also be specialised, including the use of appropriate tools, methods, different technological procedures, materials and theories. Evaluation and use of information to formulate decisions and solutions to various problems or atypical situations. Formulation of solutions in connection with well-defined abstract problems. Ability to carry out various, frequently non-standardised tasks.

Competences

Ability to operate in diverse and specific settings. Taking responsibility for the characteristics and quality of the work process and results, showing autonomy and a certain degree of initiative. Taking responsibility and initiative for the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. This level is characterised by an entrepreneurial orientation and the ability to organise and work in complex and heterogeneous teams.

SQF level 6 / EQF level 5

Knowledge

Technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific field and practical knowledge for the resolution of concrete tasks. Knowledge enables the resolution of more complex tasks in specific fields of the discipline.

Skills

Ability to carry out more complex operational/technical tasks linked to the preparation of works and control and management of work processes. Ability to carry out complex and usually specialised tasks in relation to the area of operation, including abstract thought and
the use of appropriate tools, methods, different technological procedures, materials and theories.

Competences

Ability to operate in different and specific settings with elements of creativity. Autonomous activity characterised by taking responsibility for the work of individuals and groups, material sources and information. Ability to make basic connections and place issues in a general social context is also important. Identification of own learning needs and attention to knowledge transfer in a work setting.

SQF level 7 / EQF level 6

Knowledge

Advanced technical/theoretical and practical knowledge in a given field, supported by a broad theoretical and methodological basis.

Skills

Ability to carry out complex operational/technical tasks, including the use of methodological tools. Mastery of demanding and complex work processes through autonomous application of knowledge in new work situations. Ability to diagnose and resolve problems in various specific work settings linked to the education and training domain. A basis for original thinking/work and critical reflection.

Competences

Ability to operate in different settings and functions and articulate new knowledge. Taking responsibility for defining and achieving own work results and/or work results of a heterogeneous group in defined fields of work. Ability to devise and sustain arguments within specific work settings related to the field of education and training. Identification of own learning needs, ability to take the initiative for own learning, ability to transfer knowledge within a group.

SQF level 8 / EQF level 7

Knowledge

Advanced theoretical, methodological and analytical knowledge with elements of research serving as a basis for highly complex professional work.

Skills

Mastery of highly demanding and complex work processes and methodological tools in specialised fields. Planning and managing the work process on the basis of creative resolution of problems related to the field of education and training. Capacity for original thinking/
work and critical reflection.

Competences

Ability to carry out tasks independently and autonomously in mainly atypical settings in broader or multidisciplinary contexts. Ability to take responsibility for own professional development and instruct others. Taking responsibility for decisions relating to activities, processes and management of complex and heterogeneous groups.

SQF level 9 / EQF level 8

Knowledge

Advanced theoretical, methodological and analytical knowledge serving as the basis for original research/artistic work leading to the creation of new knowledge/works.

Skills

Planning, managing and carrying out works of the highest complexity, including participation in research projects/artistic projects of the highest standard and resolving theoretical and practical problems in special work situations. Capacity for complex original thinking/work and critical reflection.

Competences

Ability to carry out tasks autonomously in atypical settings and broader or multidisciplinary contexts in connection with basic and/or applied research/artistic work. Ability to take responsibility for own professional development and the development of the discipline. Ability to independently, professionally and ethically orient own learning and learning of others in different contexts.

SQF level 10 / EQF level 8

Knowledge

Advanced knowledge serving as the basis for autonomous, original research/artistic work or the development of the discipline at the highest level, which is connected with scholarly, professional or artistic recognition both nationally and internationally.

Skills

Planning, managing and carrying out works of the highest complexity, including participation in research projects/artistic projects, and resolution of the most complex theoretical and practical problems. Capacity for critical reflection, advanced abstract thinking and synthesising new and complex ideas.

Competences

Capacity for highly autonomous work/creative work of the highest standard, interpretation and the ability to find answers to abstract questions and questions of the greatest complexity in a professional, academic or artistic field. Ability to transfer knowledge via critical dialogue between a professional discipline and an academic discipline, and a capacity for responsible evaluation of the consequences of the application of new knowledge in different contexts.

EQF NCP

The Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training (CPI) was appointed the National Coordination Point (NCP) for the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) in Slovenia. Its activities are meaningfully combined with the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (NAKVIS).

European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) is a common European reference framework bringing together qualification systems from various countries, acting as a translation device to make qualifications more readable and more understandable across different systems and countries in Europe.

Qualifications Framework in the European Higher Education Area

The aim of the national higher education qualifications framework is to provide for a uniform and transparent description of all qualifications within a national higher education system.

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