Frequently Asked Questions (Manual to the Hungarian Qualifications Portal)

What is the HuQF?

The Hungarian Qualification Framework (HuQF) is a device that arranges the degrees and certificates available in the Hungarian qualification system in a comprehensive and systematic way based on learning outcomes and hierarchy levels. The HuQF organizes the qualifications of the Hungarian educational and training system into eight levels based on knowledge, skills, attitudes, autonomy and responsibility. The HuQF reveals the pathways that can be followed in the Hungarian qualification system and establishes a connection with the qualification systems and frameworks of other member states by means of the European Qualification Framework.

What is the EQF?

The European Qualification Framework (EQF) is a reference scheme which makes it easier to compare the degrees and certificates acquired in Europe. The EQF operates as a converting device between the qualification systems and qualification frameworks of each country making the contents of qualifications more transparent and more understandable for employers, individuals and institutions. Its primary objective is to encourage geographical mobility and life-long learning. Thus, it can contribute to the recognition of qualifications abroad as well.

What are the objectives of the HuQF?

When introducing the HuQF, the following explicit objectives have been developed:

  1. creating a unified system for the outcome regulating factors of education and training on various levels, encouraging the harmonization of these regulating factors,
  2. strengthening the quality assurance systems of education and training and supporting the development of their coherence,
  3. accepting the knowledge and competences acquired within the framework of formal and informal learning,
  4. enhancing cooperation with social partner organizations and supporting coordination related to policy-making within the educational and training systems,
  5. a more effective orientation of planning and developing educational-training programs,
  6. supporting the more efficient operation of career guidance systems and career choice on an individual level,
  7. providing systematic information about qualifications to companies (employers); the information should be interpreted in a European context also.

The most important expected results of its introduction and operation were the following:

  1. The transparency of educational and training systems improves, which
    1. provides guidelines to the individual and to all stakeholders of the educational sector and the labour market about the contents and practicality of qualifications;
    2. contributes to strengthening the effectiveness of education and training and to increasing labour-market relevance.
  2. Mobility improves between educational and training systems and between pathways of formal and informal learning. By doing so,
    1. the appeal of studying increases in society in general;
    2. the fairness of education and the possibility of accessing various forms of learning improves;
    3. the prospects of social mobility improve.
  3. The technical and legal circumstances of joining the European Qualification Framework are established. As a result,
    1. in a short period of time, Hungary becomes an active participant of the emerging unified European educational area;
    2. confidence increases in Hungarian qualifications on a European scale, which intensifies the appeal and recognition of Hungarian educational systems, especially that of the higher educational sector, on an international scale;
    3. competitiveness of the labour force having Hungarian qualifications improves the European labour-force market.

What types of qualifications can be included in the HuQF?

The HuQF contains the following Hungarian qualifications which can be characterized by an EQF level also:

  • the secondary school-leaving exam based on act CXC (2011) about public education;
  • the certificates of vocational qualifications (included in the national qualification register) that are approved by the state and are defined in act CLXXXVII (2011) about vocational training;
  • qualifications and vocational qualifications certified by a degree on the basis of act CCIV (2011) about the national higher education system (advanced-level vocational qualifications, additional trainings related to a certain specialization, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and degrees certifying a qualification acquired during an undivided master’s program).

Qualifications that form part of the HuQF but, for the time being, do not have an EQF level:

On the basis of legislation in force, certificates indicating the completion of certain vocational qualifications also form part of the HuQF. These vocational qualifications are implemented based on the vocational program requirements of adult trainings as described in act LXXVII (2013) concerning adult education.

How does the HuQF work?

The levels demonstrate how difficult and complex the knowledge is that can be acquired by obtaining the qualification.

The description based on learning outcomes makes it more obvious what the individual obtaining the certificate knows, is capable of achieving, what attitudes she/he has and to what degree of independence and responsibility she/he can perform certain tasks.

By indicating the level of qualifications and applying descriptions based on learning outcomes, Hungarian qualifications become more understandable and comparable.

What is a qualification?

Qualifications are accepted in the HuQF on the basis of the definition approved by the Council recommendation. For this reason, ’a qualification is the formal outcome of an evaluating and validating process. It is issued when the competent committee declares that the individual has achieved learning outcomes that correspond to given requirements’.

What is a learning outcome?

Learning outcomes are descriptions related to knowledge, skills, attitudes, autonomy and responsibility revealing what a person knows, understands and is capable of achieving at the end of a learning process.

What is a thematic field?

The unified international classification system of education (ISCED) has been developed by the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation of the United Nations (UNESCO) with the aim of facilitating the comparison of educational statistics and indicators of various countries by implementing unified and internationally accepted characterizations. Each qualification is classified to a certain thematic field on this basis. More information is available about the unified international classification system of ISCED here.

What is the Hungarian Qualification Register?

The Hungarian Qualification Register contains the name, classification level, thematic field, description and date of obtainment of qualifications categorized in the HuQF and having an EQF level also. Besides, the database contains the institutions releasing the degrees as well.

With the help of the webpage, an interested user can assess in what scientific field it is worth to engage in further studies on the basis of his/her present qualifications and competences. Also, the principles and possibilities of qualification frameworks and the guidance documents of the EQF National Coordination Point can be unravelled.

The database of qualifications on a European level is available at the following website: Learning opportunities and qualifications in Europe (LOQ or Ploteus).

What is the history of the HuQF?

In 2008, the European Parliament and the Council accepted a recommendation about the introduction of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) of life-long learning and prepared a recommendation to member states on how to adjust their national qualifications to the EQF. The government of Hungary made a decision about creating a qualification framework and joining the EQF in 2008. It was at this point that the government established an inter-ministerial committee which was responsible for developing the framework. In 2011, the government modified the name of the framework to Hungarian Qualification Framework (from National Qualification Framework). Besides, the title of the inter-ministerial committee was altered to HuQF Professional Working Group. As a result, of the first phases of developments, in 2012, the government decided that the HuQF had to define the learning outcomes of the Hungarian Qualification Framework on eight levels and that the characteristic features describing each level, the so called descriptors, had to be determined on the basis of knowledge, skills, attitude, and autonomy and responsibility.

In 2014, the government accepted the classification of qualifications regarding public education, vocational training and higher education to HuQF levels. In 2015, the European Commission approved the HuQF, the levelling of qualifications into the HuQF and the verification of referencing the HuQF to the EQF through its advisory group.

Consequently, in addition to the HuQF level, qualifications classified in the HuQF are entitled to adopt the relevant EQF descriptor.

In 2017, the Council accepted a new recommendation about the EQF, which defines further responsibilities to member states and to the European Commission.