National delegation for validation 2015-2019 “Valideringsdelegationen 2015-2019” consisting of 15 stakeholders that follows, supports and pushes for a regulated work to establish validation on both regional and national level. They will also focus on forming an overarching national strategy on validation.
Every national agency concerning validation is autonomous and carries their own responsibilities. The implementation of validation is decentralised at national and regional level. Validation has been developed bottom-up.
The Budget Bill of 2016 is directed to improve the possibilities for validating real competences in HE. Everybody who want their actual competences assessed for admission or for credits should have that opportunity. The Swedish Council for HE is appointed to coordinate and support validation within the sector.
VPL in Higher Education
There is no regulated framework for validation. Validation can be used to acquire credits towards both full and partial qualification. In Sweden, validation practitioners include diverse types of actors in charge of different stages of the process. Career and guidance counsellors are commonly major practitioners in the phase prior to the validation process in order to identify the purpose of validation for the individual and to follow up the process at different stages. In order to be able to assess the individual’s Real competences (reell kompetens) knowledge, skills or competences in a certain trade or subject, more in-depth knowledge in that specific area is needed. In this stage of a validation process adequate teachers or professionals within that specific sector manage the process.
Since the increase of asylum seekers, the main focus lays on developing better validation methods to assess their prior learning.