The Certificate: ASIIN Seal for Modules and Courses in Further Education

An ASIIN seal for modules and courses in further education independently confirms,

  • that it is possible to achieve the goals and learning outcomes for the module or course offered by the provider with the support of the provided content, resources and structures, in order to achieve the competence profile aimed for;
  • the level of these competences in the national or European qualification framework

The certificate can be applied for by all types of educational institutions that offer educational programmes regarding Informatics, Technical and Natural Sciences as well as Economics and Business. For higher education institutions, it offers an additional quality audit besides the audits for the usual programmes offered.

In addition to the audit for awarding the quality certificate, it is possible to make a comparison to an external reference source during the procedure, e.g. the European Qualifications Framework but also professional specifications. This additional audit must be applied for in combination with the ASIIN quality certificate. The relevant source of reference will be determined during the finalisation of the contract.

The ASIIN certificated described here refers to:

  • a course, meaning an educational programme offered consisting of multiple learning units / modules that does not lead to an academic degree within the European Qualifications Framework levels six or seven (Bachelor, Master of other degree programme) or
  • an individual, independent module or group of modules. These may be part of a course or other educational service offer (e.g. of a degree programme), but will be subjected to the external quality audit as a separate module.

These types of modules and courses that can lead to an ASIIN certificate, can be found in three areas:

Modules and Courses Connecting to the Bachelor Level

This refers to qualifications that are for instance obtained within professional training situations. As long as the admission requirements for acceptance into a Bachelor programme are fulfilled, higher education institutions may recognise the learned competences as part of the subsequent Bachelor programme.

Modules and Courses Connecting to a Master Programme

Professionals that have already obtained the first programme degree, use further education to specialise in a certain subject area or acquire knowledge about a new subject area. Higher education institutions have the opportunity to recognise competences acquired this way for a subsequent Master programme.

Modules and Courses for Post-Graduate Studies

Beyond Master programmes, further education is recognised when professionals have already obtained a Master degree. Additionally acquired competences in modules or courses can be recognised in other further education in Lifelong Learning.