Cape Verde

Quadro Nacional de Qualificações (QNQ) - NQF
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Stage of development and implementation
Implemented and reviewed
Brief Overview:

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) of Cabo Verde has 10 years of experience and has been conceived and operationalised as an instrument of the National Qualifications System (SNQ). This is a fundamental characteristic that marks the nature and functions of the NQF and its interconnection with the other instruments of the SNQ. The SNQ comprises the instruments necessary for the promotion, development and integration of training offer and qualifications, and the evaluation and certification of competences enabling professional, human, and social development of the individuals and responding to the needs of the economic system. The SNQ is operationalised by the combined action of the following instruments: (a) The NQF (in Portuguese language: QNQ); (b) The National Catalogue of Qualifications (CNQ); (c) The credit system; (d) The individual register of qualifications and competences; (e) The system of monitoring, evaluation and quality improvement of the SNQ; (f) The system of recognition, validation and certification of competences (RVCC). The main milestones of the history of the SNQ-NQF in Cabo Verde are as follows: (a) 2009: Enacted legislation regulating the NQF governance body – the Coordination Unit of the National Qualifications System (UC-SNQ) (decree-law nº 62/2009). Website; (b) 2010: Approved the legal Acts establishing: the SNQ, the NQF and the CNQ; (c) 2013: Approved legislation on the legal regime on accreditation of training institutions; (d) 2014: Regulated the system of recognition, validation. and certification of competences; (e) 2018: Adopted new legal Act on SNQ; new regulation on the organisation of the UC-SNQ; (f) 2020: Adopted new legal Acts on CNQ and on NQF (Joint Portaria nº 9 and nº 10/2020).

Level Comprehensive
8 Academic degree doctorate
7 Academic degree master
6 Academic degree licenciatura
5 Diploma of higher professional studies (DESP) with training of professional qualifications of Level 5 (CESP – Courses Higher Professional Studies)
Certificate of the complementary professionalising class (ACP) with training of professional qualification of Level 5
Certificate of professional qualification of Level 5 with double certification
Certificate of professional qualification of Level 5
4 Diploma of secondary education (12th class general strand)
Diploma of secondary education (12th class of technical strand corresponding to professional qualification of Level 4) with double certification
Certificate of professional qualification of Level 4 with double certification
Certificate of professional qualification of Level 4
3 Certificate of Secondary Education (10th class)
Certificate of professional qualification of Level 3
2 Diploma of basic adult education with double certification pathway corresponding to professional qualification of Level 2
Certificate of professional qualification of Level 2
1 Diploma of basic obligatory education

Level Knowledge Skills Responsibility and autonomy
8 Knowledge at the most advanced frontier of a field of work or study and at the interface between fields. The most advanced and specialised skills and techniques, including synthesis and evaluation, required to solve critical problems in research and/or innovation and to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice. Demonstrate substantial authority, innovation, autonomy, scholarly and professional integrity and sustained commitment to the development of new ideas or processes at the forefront of work or study contexts including research.
7 Highly specialised knowledge, some of which is at the forefront of knowledge in a field of study or work, supporting the capacity of original thinking and/or research. Critical awareness of knowledge issues in a field and at the interface between different fields. Specialised problem-solving skills required in research and/or innovation in order to develop new knowledge and procedures and to integrate knowledge from different fields. Manage and transform study or work contexts that are complex, unpredictable and require new strategic approaches. Take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge and practice and/or for reviewing the strategic performance of teams.
6 Advanced knowledge of a field of work or study, involving a critical understanding of theories and principles. Advanced skills, demonstrating mastery and innovation, required to solve complex and unpredictable problems in a specialised field of study or work. Manage complex technical or professional activities or projects, taking responsibility for decision-making in unpredictable work or study contexts. Take responsibility for managing professional development of individuals and groups.
5 Comprehensive, specialised, factual and theoretical knowledge within a field of study or work and an awareness of the boundaries of that knowledge, which includes abstract technical understanding and capacity to search additional information and knowledge to improve the execution of functions. A comprehensive range of cognitive and practical skills required to develop creative solutions to abstract problems in routine situations and new contexts and activities. Capacity to select and apply equipment and methods, explain the alternatives, and ensure the technical support to solve more specific problems in known routines. Manage and supervise in contexts of study and work susceptible to unpredictable change. Revise and develop performance of self and others, both in quantitative and qualitative terms. Work independently when decisions or initiatives at intermediate level are required. Be able to organize the work for you and the team, according to the objectives and goals of the organization and support others to effectively manage time.
4 Factual and theoretical knowledge in broad contexts within a field of work or study, relevant for the function. A range of cognitive and practical skills required to generate solutions to specific problems in a field of work or study. Manage own activity in the framework of established orientations in contexts of study or work, generally predictable, but susceptible to change. Supervise the routine activities of third parties, assuming certain responsibilities in terms of evaluation and improvement of activities in contexts of study and work. Take responsibility for own outputs/results in work and semi-structured learning situations. Work independently when immediate decisions are required with certain initiative. Define own objectives and targets in accordance with the goals of the organisation and effectively manage time.
3 Knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts, in a field of work or study, and with understanding of certain theoretical and technical elements of processes, materials and basic terminology. A range of cognitive and practical skills required to accomplish tasks and solve problems by selecting and applying basic methods, tools, materials and information. Provides technical support to solve specific problems. Take responsibility for executing tasks independently in an area of work or study when simple decisions or initiatives are required. Work effectively with others, as a member of a group and take limited responsibility for others in small teams and working groups. Requires support, direction and supervision in unknown situations. Adapt own behaviour to circumstances in solving problems.
2 Basic operational knowledge of a field of work or study. Expresses ideas and concepts through verbal communication and effective writing. Basic cognitive and practical skills required to use relevant information in order to carry out tasks and to solve routine problems using simple rules and tools. Work or study under supervision with some degree of autonomy. Demonstrate capacity to perform certain independent tasks in certain structured opportunities with intermediate levels of support and direction.
1 Basic general knowledge applied to a limited and defined set of activities. Basic operational skills required to carry out simple and routine tasks. Work or study under direct supervision in a structured context, with responsibility for his/her own performance.