Intertek Italia is the first and only certification body to be accredited for the certification of learning services according to ISO 29991, ISO 29993, ISO 29994
March 28, 2022
Milan: Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is pleased to announce that it is the first Italian body to obtain Accredia accreditation for the certification of training services outside of formal education according to ISO 29991 - Language learning services, ISO 29993 - Learning services outside formal education, and ISO 29994 - Distance learning services.
Many current frameworks and guidelines reference non-formal training, for example, in the European Union document "Recognition of informal and non-formal learning" it is stated that, "obtaining good working conditions and participation requires a good level of education and qualification." In addition, in 2013, Italy stressed the emphasis of non-formal training as a crucial tool for lifelong learning with the Legislative Decree 13:2013, with a section titled, "Definition of the general rules and essential levels of performance for the identification and validation of non-formal and informal learning and of the minimum service standards of the national competence certification system".
Intertek can now offer certification of training services that are not part of formal education under Accredia accreditation. The certification verifies the requirements for training services that are not covered by formal education, including all types of continuing training, such as professional and in-company training, provided by external or internal providers. Training can be provided in-person, remote, or via a combination of both.
Alessandro Ferracino, Intertek Regional Director, Italy & France Business Assurance and Food Services said: "We are excited to expand our Quality Assurance portfolio with this additional service. The certification of learning services outside formal education is increasing, not just in Italy but all over the world. Intertek is now accredited to validate the delivery processes of learning services outside formal education, bringing an added value and prestige to the course itself and, of course, to its recipients."
Franco Fontana, Southern Europe Person Certification Manager at Intertek said "We are pleased to be the first to obtain this important accreditation, because non-formal training really begins to be a distinctive factor in workers' curricula. In addition, because of the pandemic, we have seen an increase in online training. Offering a non-formal certified distance training service can be a distinctive factor for the many operators who compete for the market and at the same time a tool to allow the market a more conscious choice."
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