Qualifications Framework level

EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification
Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.
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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are knowledge, skills and competences acquired during a certain period of learning.

In Latvia, learning outcomes are stipulated by state education standards and occupational standards (for the professional qualifications).

Learning outcomes of higher education are defined by higher education institutions.


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The aim of the programme is:
– to provide students with qualitative education that meets the national needs and complies with the standards of profession, providing the opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge, to improve research skills and abilities, thus training the students as specialists in labour protection;
– within the framework of the programme theoretical knowledge in the legislation of labour protection, safety of manufacturing technologies and assessment of working environment risk factors, is acquired;
– skills in planning of labour protection and activities in environmental protection relating to it, skills of being competent in the commercial activities of the enterprise, skills of solving ergonomic, psycho-social and organizational problems of working environment as well as skills of acting in extreme situations have been acquired;
– ability to apply one’s knowledge and understanding, demonstrating a professional approach to work and competence in issues of labour protection, has been acquired, as well as skill to adhere to principles of promoting sustainable development in professional activity.

 

Senior labour protection specialist

  • Knowledge

    1. The KNOWLEDGE at the level of notion about the requirements of the European Union and the International Labour Organization in the field of labour protection.
    2. The KNOWLEDGE at the level of understanding:
    2.1. basics of occupational health, occupational medicine and health promotion;
    2.2. communication and work psychology;
    2.3. basics of business economics;
    2.4. basics of management;
    2.5. basics of occupational toxicology;
    2.6. professional terminology in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
    3. The KNOWLEDGE at the level of use:
    3.1. labour protection requirements and the related laws and regulations;
    3.2. environmental protection requirements and the related laws and regulations;
    3.3. safety of technologies used in production;
    3.4. occupational risk factors and the impact thereof on occupational health and safety;
    3.5. identification, measurement and evaluation of occupational risk factors;
    3.6. collective and personal protective equipment for the work process;
    3.7. basics of work ergonomics;
    3.8. computer science and computer technology in labour protection;
    3.9. storage of hazardous substances and safety measures when working with them;
    3.10. pedagogy;
    3.11. basic principles of accident investigation and determination of causes;
    3.12. causes and correlations of occupational diseases;
    3.13. legal employment relationship and social dialogue in a company;
    3.14. knowledge of the official language;
    3.15. at least two foreign languages at the communication level.
    3.16. research methodology;

  • Skills

    1. To know and apply labour protection regulations and standards within a company.
    2. To carry out internal monitoring of the work environment.
    3. To organize and carry out environmental risk assessment, determining the amount, nature and impact of risks of the work environment on occupational health and safety.
    4. To use in practice work environment risk assessment methods, including qualitative, semi-qualitative or quantitative assessment methods.
    5. To document the results of risk assessment of the work environment.
    6. To organize laboratory measurements.
    7. To organize mandatory health checks.
    8. To evaluate and select personal protective equipment.
    9. To plan labour protection measures.
    10. To develop labour protection instructions, internal regulations, orders and other documentation related to professional activities.
    11. To analyse the situation of a company with regards to work and environmental protection.
    12. To organise and carry out labour protection training at a company’s level.
    13. To analyse and systematize information available in the field of labour protection.
    14. To carry out work-related accident investigation or be part of the commission of inquiry.
    15. To be able to assess and adopt measures for prevention of accidents and occupational diseases in the workplace.
    16. To collaborate with representatives and fiduciaries of employees.
    17. To manage a company’s business units (departments, sections etc.) in the field of labour and environment protection.
    18. To know the labour protection regulations of the state, the European Union and the International Labour Organization.
    19. To know and apply environmental protection regulations related to labour protection.
    20. To meet the requirements of the legal employment relationship.
    21. To comply with labour protection and fire safety regulations.
    22. To have a good command of the official language.
    23. To use professional terminology in the official language and at least one foreign language.
    24. To have a good command o at least two foreign languages at a communication level.
    25. To use information technologies to carry out one’s activities.
    26. To make research in the field of labour protection.

  • Competences/ autonomy

    1. Ability to analyse and apply in practice the requirements of regulations and standards in the field of labour protection.
    2. Ability to organize and plan activities associated with internal monitoring of the work environment, risk assessment and prevention or reduction measures thereof.
    3. Ability to plan labour protection activities and environmental protection activities related thereto within a company.
    4. Ability to inspect, monitor and control a company’s work environment, ensuring compliance with basic requirements of occupational safety and health.
    5. Ability to analyse and evaluate the compliance of the monitoring and control results with the requirements of the work environment internal supervision regulations.
    6. Ability to use in practice work environment risk assessment methods, including qualitative, semi-qualitative or quantitative assessment methods.
    7. Ability to identify and organizationally solve the ergonomic, psychosocial and organizational problems of the work environment.
    8. Ability to substantiate the priority and usefulness of the planned labour protection and related environmental protection measures.
    9. Ability to organize and carry out training of the staff in labour protection matters.
    10. Ability to assess the compliance of collective and personal protective equipment with the job and the requirements of regulations and standards.
    11. Ability to assess the compliance of the work equipment with the requirements of regulations and standards.
    12. Ability to assess fire safety, electrical safety, explosion, radiation and nuclear safety condition and risk within a company.
    13. Ability to assess the compliance of the use of dangerous equipment with the requirements of regulations.
    14. Ability to assess and determine measures for safe handling of hazardous substances in the workplace.
    15. Ability to assess and plan the necessary actions in emergency situations.
    16. Ability to carry out accident investigation, analysis and determination of the causes.
    17. Ability to work with employers, employees, their representatives and fiduciaries.
    18. Ability to find the necessary solutions, matching the interests of employers and employees.
    19. Ability to understand a company’s business operations.
    20. Ability to prepare reports, statements and minutes, communicating the results to a company’s management and employees.
    21. Ability to manage a company’s business units (departments, sections etc.) in the field of labour and environment protection.
    22. Ability to organize rational allocation of tasks among the performers.
    23. Ability to draw up labour protection instructions and prepare information materials on labour protection measures in the work environment.
    24. Ability to collaborate with experts of other fields.
    25. Ability to represent a company in other companies, governmental and non-governmental bodies with respect to natural persons.
    26. Ability to create, analyse and develop necessary databases.
    27. Ability to utilize information technologies to carry out one’s activities.
    28. Ability to communicate in the official language and at least two foreign languages.
    29. Ability to carry out research of scientific value in the field of labour protection.
    30. Ability to meet the requirements of te legal employment relationship.

Qualification acquisition requirements

Previous education
Higher education qualification of LQF level 6 (bachelor, professional bachelor or professional higher education qualification) in the same or compatible branch of science or professional field of higher education, as well as a certain professional experience laid down by higher education institution
Ways to acquire 
Qualifications can be acquired in the framework of education programs or in the evaluation and recognition of non-formal knowledge, skills and competences acquired (in vocational education LKI Levels 2-4).
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Formal (through education programmes)
ECTS credit points 
The unit of the volume of Latvian higher education studies - 1 credit point corresponds to one week of study work in full-time studies (40 credit points per study year).

1 The credit point of Latvia corresponds to 1,5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credit point.
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120
Duration of study 
Duration of qualification in full-time studies
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2 years

Qualification document

Awarding body

Higher education institution:

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Qualifications Framework level

EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification

Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.


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Qualification field, stage and type

Thematic field (ISCED 2013)
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) developed by UNESCO.
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Security services (103)

Detailed field: (ISCED 2013)

Occupational health and safety (1022)

Education
Stages of Latvian education system included in the LQF:
- basic education
- secondary education
- higher education
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Higher education

Qualification type
ITypes of Latvian education:
-General education
-Professional education
-Academic education
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Vocational

Full or partial

Full qualification

Other information

National Education Information System

National Database of Education Opportunities

Active qualification

Period for issuing qualification: 2013-2019

Last changes: 06.02.2019

Posted: 07.05.2016