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The main role of the Slovenian and other Qualifications Framework is to give explanations on horizontal and vertical relations between different types of qualifications, certificates and diplomas/degrees.

The framework consists of level descriptors whereby each level descriptor is described in terms of learning outcomes. Consequently, learning outcomes constitute the main foundation, term, concept and yardstick of the National Qualifications Framework on which the success and transparency of the National Qualifications Framework and the implementation of the European Qualifications Framework in the EU Member States depends on.

Learning outcomes by means of the National Qualifications Framework aim at:

- comparability and transparency of qualification systems,

- lifelong learning,

- recognition of non-formal and informal learning,

- quality assurance as well as better integration between education and the labour market.


The purpose of the Slovenian Qualifications Framework (SQF) is to achieve transparency and recognisability of qualifications in Slovenia and the EU, while its fundamental objective is to support lifelong learning; to connect and coordinate Slovenian qualifications subsystems; and improve the transparency, accessibility and quality of qualifications with regard to the labour market and civil society.


The SQF is a framework of communication that also contains a small element of reform. The starting points for the classification of qualifications in the SQF are the relevant sectoral legislation and the Classification System of Education and Training (KLASIUS).


The NQF Act was adopted and published in Slovenian Official Journal on 28 December 2015 (no. 104/2015). It is available online (in Slovene language only).