Certification of Modules and Courses in Further Education

Further education plays an important part in Lifelong Learning.

Why obtain an ASIIN Certificate for Further Education?

The offer in further education is very large and different types of institutions are involved. An external quality audit will lead to the transparency and permeability that is necessary between the various educational systems and levels.

External quality audits for Bachelor and Master programmes in academic higher education have become common practice in the last 10 years. Systems of quality assurance in professional further education (especially in public further education) have also been increasingly established. However, these often focus on (quality management) processes of the further education provider, for instance according to DIN-ISO.

In contrast, the achievement of the subject-specific goals of courses, modules or groups of modules is the focus of the ASIIN certification approach for individual further education offered. The aim is to achieve independent validation for qualification and competence of a certain module or course regarding:

  • the students themselves
  • their employers
  • professional associations and chambers
  • as well as higher education institutions that wish to apply externally rendered services for further study

The ASIIN Certificate was designed for exactly this purpose. It is aimed to offer quality assurance of educational services that are not degree programmes in the typical sense, and provides an interface between academic and professional learning. The goal is to facilitate recognition when switching between educational sectors.

ASIIN’s experience and reputation as quality assurance agency in higher education and its European involvement in subject-specific cultures in the academic and economic or professional field, is the foundation for certificates awarded by ASIIN. At the same time, it is an obligation for a diligent quality audit. Content-wise, ASIIN focuses on offers in the MINT-area, it’s associated Economic and Business Sciences and the various combinations between these subjects.

How does the Linking and Permeability between Academic and Professional Education work?

The following examples illustrate the question of permeability between the various educational sectors and levels:

Example 1: Higher education institution 1 offers a Bachelor programme in Chemistry. The applicants are candidates that graduated from a CTA programme and request recognition of the programme for the modules in the first semester.

Example 2: further education provider Y offers an advanced education module in the area of tool manufacturing for employed professionals. The graduates apply for a Master programme in Engineering and would like to get the module recognised.

In both cases, the certification of the module or course in question makes it easier for the higher education institution to make an autonomous, informed decision whether or not the obtained competences match the expectation profile for its degree programmes.