What does my student learn?

Student en praktijkopleider dierverzorging

Your company has a student with a work placement or apprenticeship. This page provides a brief explanation of how the development of qualifications and education is organised.

Step 1: occupational profile

A new study programme starts with an occupational profile: a description of the core tasks, professional competencies, role and responsibilities of the experienced professional practitioner. An occupational profile also provides information about market developments and technological developments.

Step 2: qualification file

SBB's education experts develop a qualification file based on one or more occupational profiles and in partnership with vocational education and training, and business, trade and industry. A qualification file describes the content of one or more professions and the competencies, knowledge and skills of the entry-level professional. Or: what a student should be able to learn to attain his qualifications. All of the qualification files together form the qualification structure.

Step 3: education

A school compiles the education based on the qualification file. Senior secondary vocational education and training (Dutch mbo) has four educational levels:

  • Level 1: entry programme
  • Level 2: basic vocational training
  • Level 3: vocational training
  • Level 4: middle management training and specialist training.

All qualifications approved by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science are given their own crebo code. Crebo stands for Centraal Register Beroepsopleidingen: 'Central Register of Vocational Training Courses'. Schools use crebo codes for the administration of education, exams and students.

Step 4: examinations

Holding an examination is the best way of establishing whether a student meets the qualification requirements. Schools are responsible for this, but the exams are developed in close consultation with business, trade and industry. Vocational education and training, and business, trade and industry make agreements on how the examinations are given shape for each sector. The agreements are laid down in examination profiles.