The Turkish Vocational Qualifications Institute's
Examination, Assessment, Evaluation and Certification Regulation
("Regulation") has entered into effect. The Regulation
was prepared by the Vocational Qualifications Institute's
("Institute") and published in Official Gazette number
29503 on 15 October 2015. The recent Regulation repeals the
Regulation on Professional Competency, Examination and
Certification, published in Official Gazette number 27096 on 30
December 2008. The Regulation outlines procedures and principles
for the Vocational Qualifications Institute's examination and
assessment of applications by certification institutions and their
authorization, as well as procedures and principles for
examinations, evaluations and Professional Competence
The Regulation is a simplified version of its predecessor with
respect to its scope. The former regulation also dealt with the
National Qualifications Framework ("NQF"). However, this
has now become subject to another regulation (published in Official
Gazette number 29507 on 19 October 2015).
Only certification institutions authorized by the Institute can
conduct examinations and certifications by means of the national
competences. No person, institute or institution can make any
examination or certification regarding the national competences
unless permitted or authorized by the Institute (Article 4).
The Regulation outlines conditions which must be met to be
granted authorization (Article 6). The conditions are more detailed
than under the previous regulation. Significant authorization
Accreditation in the field of
employee certification by accreditation institutes which have a
multi-lateral recognition agreement with the Turkish Accreditation
Agency or European Accreditation Council.
Not having authorization revoked by
the Institution during the last two years.
Not employing people who can damage
impartiality principles during examination, assessment, evaluation
and certification activities, or who cause conflicts of
To become an authorized certification institution, a
pre-application must first be made to the Institute. Institutions
then complete the accreditation phase and become eligible to lodge
an authorization application. If the Administrative board is
satisfied the authorization applicant meets the certification
criteria, a contract will be signed between the Institute and the
relevant institution. Authorized certification institutions are
published on the Institute's website.
Audit processes undergo changes under the new Regulation.
Certification institutions must submit annual activity reports to
the Institute. The Institute audits certification institutes once a
year in accordance with the annual plan. If deemed necessary, the
Institute can also conduct unscheduled investigations of authorized
Authorized certification institutions issue Professional
Competency Certificates to those who pass examinations. The
Regulation introduces a process whereby a Europass Certificate
Attachment will be issued for each certificated national competency
and the Institute will upload this to the relevant database.
Professional Competency Certificate holders can either download
this attachment themselves, or request it from the authorized
The Regulation also outlines provisions for the Institute to
suspend or revoke powers from authorized certification
institutions. Decisions on suspension or revocation of authority
may either include all national competencies held by an
institution, or only apply to particular national competencies.
Please see this link for full text of the Regulation (only
available in Turkish).
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