The Barbados Credit and Qualification Framework, which will recognize national and regional qualifications at an international level, will be in place by the end of this year.
Chairman of the Barbados Accreditation Council (BAC) Cedric Murrell made the announcement during a media tour of the organization’s new Manor Lodge Complex, Lodge Hill, St Michael facility Monday.
He disclosed that a draft of the new scheme has been presented to the Ministry of Education and the BAC was expecting approval from Cabinet in the coming weeks.
BAC’s Executive Director Valda Alleyne told Barbados TODAY that under the Barbados Credit and Qualification Framework, Level 5 Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) would be seen as comparable to associate’s, bachelor’s or doctoral level programmes regionally and abroad.
“The qualifications framework is meant to recognize all forms of learning . . . . It will also align academics with Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), which is very important but is not seen generally as important as academia,” explained Alleyne, adding that under the framework, associate degrees would be comparable to NVQs.
“We will benchmark them to other qualifications internationally and it will open the floodgates to not only other qualifications, but the providers must be registered with the council and ideally be accredited so that their qualifications can be recognized.”
The BAC will also create an online qualifications register which can be used by international bodies to search for the various qualifications and compare them to their own standards.