National Europass Centre (National Reference Point)
The role of the Irish National Europass Centre is to co-ordinate, manage and promote the Europass initiative and its activities within Ireland. Europass is a European wide initiative aimed at improving the mobility and employability of all citizens.
Established in 2005, the Europass initiative has been developed to help people present their skills and qualifications through the use of five key documents outlined below.
Europass and the European Skills Passport
The European Skills Passport (ESP) is a user-friendly electronic portfolio which makes the qualifications, skills and competences of an individual more transparent to employers and education institutions in Ireland, the EU and further afield.
You can upload any of the other Europass Documents, (Language Passport, Europass Mobility, Diploma Supplement and Certificate Supplement).
When a Europass CV is included in the European Skills Passport, the ESP reinforces the Europass CV by bringing evidence of skills and qualifications by uploading useful documents, for example:
• Scans of qualifications, certificates, diplomas, degrees
• Course transcripts
• Documents that provide information on the comparability or level of your qualification
(for example Irish NARIC statements of comparability)
• Testimonies of employment, employer or other references.
Useful documents and weblinks:
Create your European Skills Passport online and save it to your computer.
What is Europass?
Europass is a European Union initiative to increase mobility of workers and learners throughout Europe through the development and promotion of a series of Europass documents and tools which help make skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood. 30 European countries are currently participating in the Europass initiative.
In practice Europass supports
- Complete your CV online and upload it to recruitment websites, such as EURES; Monster; CV Library and XING.
Students planning of internships and study abroad
• Build on your portfolio using resources such as Euroguidance - European portal to guidance
• Or Ploteus to find a course of study and record the experience in the Europass Mobility.
Validate academic and career orientation in association with an Erasmus+ programme
• Record your work or training experience abroad using Europass Mobility.
Employers by streamlining the selection of personnel and the comparison of qualifications
• Information in the CV is in a standardised format, which makes it easier for employers to compare applicants.
• Add your NARIC comparability statement to your portfolio and make it easier for employers to recognise your qualifications on the EQF.
Higher Education Institutions - strengthens the internationalisation of third level institutions
• The Diploma Supplement increases the transparency of qualifications and makes Higher Education qualifications easier to understand in an international context by providing additional information in both the national and international context that
is relevant to the labour market.
Europass at a glance Europass consists of a portfolio (ESP) of five documents that help potential employers, educational organisations and training providers understand which subjects have been studied, what training has been completed or how much experience has been gained working. It also records non-formal learning and language skills.
Two documents that are freely accessible to be completed by European citizens:
1. Europass Curriculum Vitae (ECV)
When it comes to finding a job, you need a clear and persuasive CV to help you to stand out, you need to make sure that employers understand what you have achieved and what skills and qualifications you possess. The Europass Curriculum Vitae (ECV), available in 28 languages is used throughout Europe. The CV helps to present skills and qualifications effectively and in a clear format that makes it easy for potential employers to be able to understand your achievements. You can create your CV using the Europass online editor or download the template, examples and instructions to your computer.
Useful documents and weblinks:Europass Curriculum Vitae Factsheet
Download or Watch the Showcase your skills CV video.
The Irish and UK National Europass Centres, in collaboration with the Irish and UK Euroguidance Centres produced the Showcase your skills video in 2014 to help young jobseekers identify appropriate skills and attributes that they can then promote to employers by recording them in their Europass CV.
2. Europass Language Passport
The Europass Language Passport is part of the European Language Portfolio, developed by the Council of Europe, in which you can record your language skills on the basis of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
This is particularly useful if you do not have a qualification, for example, if you are self-taught, learned through immersion or grew up in a multilingual household.
The Language Passport is the perfect way to promote your language skills, qualifications and experience to potential employers. You can create your Language Passport online using or download the template, examples and instructions to your computer.
Useful documents and weblinks:
Three documents issued by education and training authorities:
1. Europass Mobility
The Europass Mobility records the knowledge and skills acquired in another European country; this is used especially by individual whatever their age or level of education on overseas or training work placements such as Erasmus+;
• a work placement in a company;
• an academic term as part of an exchange programme;
• a voluntary placement in an NGO.
To obtain a Europass Mobility a sending organisation must register with the National Europass Centre, please contact us at email@example.com
2. Europass Certificate Supplement
The Europass Certificate Supplement (ECS) describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of vocational education and training certificates. The ECS provides additional information to that already included in the official certificate and/ or transcript, making it easier for employers or institutions to better understand the content and level of the qualifications. The Certificate Supplements are issued by the awarding organisation across Europe (in Ireland by QQI) for vocational qualifications to provide supplemental information about their qualifications. It helps employers to better understand the content and level of the qualifications. To obtain a copy of your ECS visit the QQI awards directory in the useful document links below.
3. Europass Diploma Supplement
Europass Diploma Supplement (EDS) and Higher Education Institutions
The Europass Diploma Supplement is issued to graduates of higher education institutions according to standards agreed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO providing supplemental information about their qualifications along with their parchment and transcripts of results. The Diploma Supplement provides a standardised description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by its holder, and access opportunities to the next level of education. The EDS helps employers to better understand the content and level of a qualification.
The Diploma Supplement is also part of the Europass framework transparency tools or the European Skills Passport (ESP). It explains the Irish educational system and references the qualification against the European Qualifications Framework EQF. Graduates in all the countries taking part in the Bologna Process have the right to receive the Diploma Supplement automatically, free and in a major European language.
Useful documents and weblinks:
Irish National Europass Centre
Dearbhú Cáilíochta agus Cáilíochtaí Éireann
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
26-27 Denzille Lane,
Tel: 00 353 1 9058100
Connect with Europass at https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/