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Develop recognized skills with the
e-Competence framework (e-CF)

At EXIN we strive to make our exams of the highest quality so you receive a recognizable achievement that proves you have the knowledge in your chosen subject area. How do we achieve this? All of our certifications are mapped to the internationally acclaimed e-Competence framework (e-CF). What competence area our certification tests can be seen by keeping a close eye on the badge colour. Read on to discover more.

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What is the e-CF?

The e-CF is developed and maintained by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). Its goal is to identify and standardize IT job roles, competence areas, and competences. The framework was launched in 2008 in response to the emerging e-skills gap. The e-CF was created in mind to give employers and IT professionals common ground, where skills can be benchmarked. The result is the standard EN 16234-1, A common European Framework for ICT Professionals in all sectors, a set of common job roles and key skills that IT professionals need to succeed in their careers.

This common benchmark is precisely why EXIN maps every certification to this framework, so you can be reassured knowing what you are learning, and the skills you are developing have immediate relevance in the workplace. This forms just a part of the EXIN quality of what makes our exams stand out.

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What competences are there?

The e-CF is split into five core competence areas, with 41 competences in total. Each one is represented by a unique colour. Look out for our digital badges to see which area that certification tests! Press the buttons below to discover more and find out what skills are in each competence area.

Plan

The e-CF competence area PLAN is one of the three core competence areas. It consists of conceiving, designing, and deciding how your IT processes relate to the business processes. With this in mind, it involves relationship management to ensure what you are planning is aligned with business strategy.

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Build

The e-CF competence area BUILD is one of the three core competence areas. It involves you getting stuck in with making the IT product itself, from developing, testing to integration. This competence area subsequently involves a lot of hard skills to ensure your IT solution gets off the ground.

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Run

The e-CF competence area RUN is one of the three core competence areas. Running flows through the heart of the IT product or service. Here you look at the provision, support, and maintenance in tandem with business operations. Running consists of a lot of supporting, delivering, and solving problems.

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Enable

The e-CF competence area ENABLE is one of the two overlapping competence areas that relate to the three core competence areas. It consists of conceiving, designing, and deciding how your IT processes relate to the business processes. This area tests your analytical, knowledge, and strategy development. Additionally, it examines how you tie this into other departments, such as marketing or sales.

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Manage

The e-CF competence area MANAGE is one of the two overlapping competence areas that relate to the three core competence areas. MANAGE is all about daily business operations and improvement. It involves forecasting and managing quality, risk, processes, and much more.

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Interested in how the e-CF fits skill-sets?

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