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Validate competencies - develop potentials - demonstrate competencies and qualifications

The basis of our Competency Portfolio is the collection, documentation and recognition of individual, formal, informal, non formal and incidental competencies and qualifications in education, work, research and unique circumstances. The second stage offers an in-depth observation of the services provided, academic and life accomplishments and the creation of a personal competency profile. The extensive experience gained using this process has shown that regularly revisiting one's own CV can be an intense and dynamic experience. Reworking one's own biography allows the individual to develop old and identify new opportunities for further advancement.

The Rainbow Portfolio system, (portfolio of competencies and qualifications) is a tool that can accumulate and showcase competencies, the application can be limitless. In a subsequent APL procedure (Accreditation of Prior Learning), qualifications specifically related to the desired course are acquired (for example parts of an interrupted of previously dropped study programme and/or decades of professional experience in the chosen field of study) at Bachelor and Masters level. This enables one to exchange previous or recent qualifications for an internationally valid equivalent, at a similar academic level.
Our system is compatible with the Europass and allows for recognition of key competencies in regards to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The Competency Portfolio was created to suit UK NARIC standards and the European Qualifications Framework, and has therefore been recognised as an equivalent to the ECTS study method. Successfully done, our courses can be accredited as part of a degree programme. Most students complete their Competency Portfolio during the first semester and can thusly apply for exemption from parts of the course due to their previous knowledge and skills documented by the Portfolio and prior learning experience, or previously undertaken studies.

Method of exemption / recognition of course related competencies
1 Portfolio creation
All training data and records as well as transcripts, certificates, CVs and skills are first systematically collected and recorded chronologically in the form of a Competency Portfolio.
2 Portfolio assessment / validation
This is followed by the evaluation and validation of said evidence, as well as formal education and informal learning and other acquired skills and competencies, regardless of whether they were earned at home or abroad.
3 APL procedures
The recognition of prior learning and academic achievements is followed by the assessment of practical experience (APL), if necessary, through the use of an assessment centre.

Observable trend in European Recognition of Competency:
We note that in the future it will be essential for previous learning outcomes and specialised experience of so-called "mature students" on an academic level (3-8) to be accredited, if the competencies gained can be tested and documented as academic competencies and qualifications.
We believe that the culture of advanced assessment methods has developed to an extent that allows competencies to easily be "refined" into study related qualifications, and to be accredited.

Desired focus and field of research:
Our goal is to assist in the validation and academic accreditation of existing skills in the field of mature studies. We are confident that we can contribute an essential service to develop the individual's potential, sustainable education and thus further the development of the gross national product, but also peace and social progress in the world.