What will my student learn?

Student en praktijkopleider dierverzorging

Your company has a student within a practice placement or apprenticeship. What will this student learn during this period? 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, roles and responsibilities of a skilled professional practitioner. An occupational profile also provides information about labour market 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 labour market. A qualification file describes the content of one or more professions and the competencies, knowledge and skills of a starting professional. Or in other words: what a student should learn in order to obtain his qualifications. The qualification files are part of the qualification structure.

Step 3: education

A school formulates educational courses on the basis of the the qualification file. Senior secondary vocational education and training (Dutch mbo) has four educational levels:

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

All qualifications approved by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science have their own unique number, called Crebo. This stands for Centraal Register Beroepsopleidingen: 'Central Register of Vocational Training'. Schools use crebo codes to administer educational programmes and examination.

Step 4: examinations

An examination is the best way to determine whether a student meets the requirements of qualification. Schools are responsible, but exams are developed in close cooperation with the labour market. Together they make agreements on how examinations are shaped for each sector. These agreements are laid down in examination profiles.