ETPLAS - Definitions of commonly used terms

This list is ordered alphabetically.


Process in which certification of competency, or credibility is determined. In this context, an accredited course meets all the required criteria for course approval and also the additional criteria for accreditation


Process by which the quality of a course and its ability to deliver competence to the trainee is recognized by the MS or its delegated authority


The delivery of knowledge

Mutual acceptance

Agreement between stakeholders to accept a person’s training/competency records

Mutual recognition

Agreement between stakeholders to recognise each other’s processes or programmes (if they are in line with the recommendations of the EU E&T Working Document)

Quality assurance

The maintenance of a desired level of quality in a service or product, which might form part of an accreditation process


The delivery of practical skills

Training and Education/Education and Training

The term “training” is often used, inaccurately, to mean both education and training. Consequently a training course may cover one or more modules as outlined in the EU E&T Working Document and may deliver just theoretical education or theoretical education and practical skills