WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW USING LATVIAN QUALIFICATIONS DATABASE?
What is Latvian Qualifications Database?
A unique database in Latvia that contains qualifications obtainable in the Latvian education system. The database is unique because it is the only database in Latvia that has information on education qualifications referenced to the Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF).
The Latvian Qualifications Database does not reflect information on learning opportunities in the country. Information on learning opportunities in education institutions is available on the National Learning Opportunities Database maintained by the State Education Development Agency.
What is qualification?
In the context of the Latvian Qualifications Database, qualification is knowledge, skills and competences certified by an education document. It is not only professional qualification in professional education.
In the context of the Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) and this database, the concept qualification is expanded and refers to the entire education system, including all types of education and formal education documents.
What kind of qualifications can be found in the LQD?
In the database, you will find the qualifications of formal education, which can be obtained in Latvia and, which are awarded by the state accredited education institutions from basic education to higher education.
What is the source for qualifications in the LQD?
Qualifications in the database are included automatically from the National Education Information System (NEIS) maintained by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science. From NEIS we receive basic information about qualifications, such as the title of the qualification, LQF/EQF level, study programme, accreditation period, awarding body/-ies.
However, such an information as learning outcomes (knowledge, skills, competences) are included in the database manually from occupational standards for professional qualifications, from state education standards for general basic education and general secondary education, as well as from information provided by higher education institutions for higher education qualifications.
Does Latvian Qualifications Database contain historical qualifications?
Yes, the database contains also historical qualifications that are no longer implemented in education institutions and education documents are no longer awarded for obtaining them.
In the database, you can find all qualifications that were active at the time of launching the database in 2016. At this point in the database, you can find active qualifications and also historical qualifications that haven’t been awarded in Latvia from 2016.
If I am responsible for a particular qualification in the respective education institution, and I notice some mistake in the descriptions of qualifications, may I inquire to correct it?
Yes, in such cases it is certainly preferable that you contact us. See the contact information below.
Such cases may happen, if the data exchange from information and data sources were imprecise or up-to-date.
What is ESCO?
ESCO or European Skills/Competences, qualifications and Occupations portal is portal maintained by the European Commission with a goal to facilitate a united platform in Europe to show qualifications in European countries, and where you may also compare qualifications obtainable in European education between European countries.
The option to compare qualifications between countries in European level may help to understand if your knowledge, skills and competences of your qualification matches that what is expected of the same qualification in a different country if you are willing to continue your education and/or integrate in the labour market.
What information on qualifications is also available in ESCO and other European education portals?
It is the title of the qualification, LQF/EQF level, awarding body, learning outcomes (knowledge, skills, competences) and examples of education documents are provided to ESCO or European Skills/Competences, qualifications and Occupations portal and other portals.
USING THE DATABASE
How to find the qualification?
In order to find qualifications, you should press the button Search qualification, which opens a window where you can search qualifications by different criteria using filters.
You may search for the qualification by typing in the search bar the title or partial title of the qualification, or you may select for example a filter LQF/EQF level, which will show you all the qualifications available in the selected LQF/EQF level.
How to use the statistics?
In order to view the statistics of qualifications and to select criteria for the statistical information, you should press the button Statistics, which opens a window where you can view statistical graphs with default information. By the default, you can see the statistics on all of the qualifications in the LQD in all criteria dimension.
To narrow the statistical information, it is possible to do it by selecting the preferred criteria by using filters.
Video: How to use the statistics?
How to compare qualifications?
To compare qualifications, you should press the button Search qualification. In the window that opens, you may see the list of all qualifications in the LQD. Under the title of each qualification there is a button Add to comparison. By pressing the button Add to comparison, the qualification will appear in a small window on the bottom of the screen.
You may add to comparison two qualifications. After adding chosen qualifications, and by pressing the button Compare, in the window on the bottom of the screen you will be directed to a new tab with descriptions of selected qualifications side by side.
Video: How to compare qualifications?
What are the keywords in the descriptions of qualifications?
In the description of every qualification, keywords are added at the bottom of the qualification’s description. Keywords characterises the nature of the qualification. By clicking on any keyword, a new tab will open with the list of qualifications that contain the same keyword.
Keywords provide an option to group and view qualifications that are similar in nature.
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