Qualifications Framework

Qualifications Framework

The establishment of the Vanuatu Qualifications Framework (VQF) provides a coherent structure for the classification of all qualifications offered in Vanuatu. The VQF will bring transparency and general understanding to the design, development, delivery, award and review of qualifications offered within the Vanuatu education and training system. The VQF will ensure that qualifications are demand driven, and meet the needs of learners, the economy and foster a commitment to lifelong learning.


The VQF will also provide a basis for benchmarking Vanuatu qualifications against international standards through co-operation and mutual collaboration with the Pacific Qualifications Framework (PQF). The Vanuatu Qualifications Authority will pursue and strengthen links with international agencies and organizations who share similar objectives and goals in order to realize its vision and key objectives. 


The VQF will encourage communication and collaboration between employers, industry and the education and training institutions that will help develop a skilled work force to meet domestic industry needs and for Vanuatu’s workers to access opportunities through the globalised labour market.


The VQF will be underpinned by a robust quality assurance system that will inform institutional internal quality management systems as well as the conduct of periodic external accreditations and quality audits.


The VANUATU Qualification Framework

The Vanuatu Qualifications Framework is a classification structure indicating the levels and types of quality assured qualifications. It will reform the education and training sector by providing a transparent and coherent structure for all qualifications awarded in Vanuatu, and in doing so it will; 


      i.        Facilitate the international recognition of all qualifications awarded in Vanuatu and abroad;

     ii.        Create and support clear progression and flexible pathways for learners;

     iii.        Strengthen the link and improve communications between the education and training sector and the labour market;

    iv.        Recognise non-formal, informal learning and cultivate a commitment to lifelong learning;

     v.        Be underpinned by a robust quality assurance system;

    vi.        Contributes to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of Vanuatu;

   vii.        Reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding an individual possesses in relation to a specific area of work;

   viii.        Be free from overt and covert discriminatory practices; and

    ix.        Be free from barriers that restrict access and is available to all those who are able to reach the required standard.


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