What are the Certificates of Professionalism?
The Certificates of Professionalism they are official qualifications valid throughout the Spanish State that prove that you have certain competencies (knowledge, skills and aptitudes) that enable you to carry out a work activity. Said competencies allow configuring each of the qualifications regulated by the National System of Qualifications and Professional Training.
The State Public Employment Service (SEPE) and the competent bodies of the autonomous communities are responsible for issuing the Certificates of Professionalism.
As well as professional qualifications and their corresponding competencies, Certificates of Professionalism are ordered depending on the 26 professional families and the levels of qualification to which they are associated (from 1 to 3).
What is a Certificate of Professionalism for?
A Certificate of Professionalism allows you accredit your technical skills in a specific profession. Once you obtain the accreditation you will be able to demonstrate that you are qualified to carry out the work related to that Certificate.
In some labor sectors, having a Certificate of Professionalism or another qualification that proves mastery of certain professional skills can be a An essential requirement to be able to access a job.
They also allow you to choose public employment offers, since in some calls, certain Certificates of Professionalism are specified as a requirement to access the selection process.
Also, to increase your international mobility opportunities, When you obtain a Certificate of Professionalism, you can download the Europass supplement for free. It is a complementary document that can accompany Certificates of Professionalism and also Professional Training degrees so that employers or educational institutions from other countries understand the information included in the official qualification.
What are the differences between a Certificate of Professionalism and a FP degree?
In Spain Vocational Training is organized as a integrated system by two subsystems that allow accrediting the same competences:
- Vocational training of the educational system (vocational training cycles).
- Vocational Training for Employment (Certificates of Professionalism).
The main difference, therefore, is the one just mentioned: VET degrees are part of the educational system and Certificates of Professionalism are part of Vocational Training for Employment.
At the end of some FP studies you get a academic degree that allows you to enter the world of work but also to continue your studies towards higher levels of regulated training. By passing the studies leading to obtaining a Certificate of Professionalism, you get an accreditation with labor effects, that is, it allows you access to the world of work.
In addition, the cycles of Vocational training They are studies of longer duration and in which a greater number of contents are taught. They allow to accredit, therefore, a greater number of professional competences than the Certificates of Professionalism.
However, these are formations that share some characteristics:
- Both are structured in training modules. If you pass the training associated with a certain Certificate of Professionalism and later complete a VET cycle, you will be able to request the Recognition of the training modules corresponding to the units of competence that you have previously accredited with the Certificate of Professionalism, and vice versa.
- The two courses include a mandatory internship period in companies. This is the module Formation in work centers.
- Both the official qualifications that you obtain with the FP cycles and the Certificates of Professionalism have valid throughout the national territory.
How can I obtain a Certificate of Professionalism?
You have two ways to obtain a Certificate of Professionalism:
- Studying a training in an authorized center to grant the title and passing all the modules that make up that Certificate.
- Participating in a competency accreditation process so that they recognize your work experience or the learning acquired through non-formal means.
If you have experience in the sector or have participated in non-formal learning activities related to the Certificate of Professionalism you want to obtain, it is recommended that you register for one of the calls for evaluation and accreditation of competencies that take place in your autonomous community, in order to know if it is possible get accreditation and in which complementary training actions you should participate to obtain the Certificate.
If you do not have any professional or training experience related to the Certificate of Professionalism you want to obtain, you will have to pass one of the Vocational Training courses for Employment organized by labor administrations, that is, the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) or the employment services of the autonomous communities. These are courses offered in registered and authorized centers to teach the training modules associated with each Certificate and to grant the official degree.
Keep in mind that some non-regulated training centers offer courses with agenda adapted to that of the Certificates of Professionalism, but exceeding them does not automatically lead to obtaining the title, since they are not registered or authorized to do so. These courses facilitate the acquisition of professional competencies that can lead to obtaining a Certificate of Professionalism, but to achieve this, after completing the course, a process of evaluation and accreditation of competencies must be passed.
Therefore, it is important that before enrolling in a course Verify if the center that teaches it is recognized to grant the Certificate of Professionalism that you want to obtain or if what it imparts is training with a syllabus adjusted to said Certificate (that is, it is not a registered center).
What are the access requirements for the Certificates of Professionalism?
The competencies accredited by each Certificate of Professionalism are associated with a level of qualification. Depending on this level, the requirements for access to the training that allow obtaining the Certificates varies.
For level 1 courses no specific access requirements are established.
For level 2 courses it is necessary to comply, at least, one of the following requirements:
For the level 3 courses it is necessary to comply, at least, one of the following requirements:
What Certificates of Professionalism are there?
You can consult the existing training offer in Educaweb of courses to obtain a Certificate of Professionalism.
In addition, on the website of the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) you can find the official information relative to all the Certificates of Professionalism included in each of the professional families. We provide you with the links to each family from the following list:
If you wish, you can also consult Royal Decree 34/2008, of January 18, which regulates certificates of professionalism, modified by Royal Decree 1675/2010.