ACQF Level Descriptors: reflections, development methods, principles.

Level descriptors – developing the technical-conceptual framework of the ACQF. The African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF) is intended as a common translation instrument that may be used to understand and interpret the various qualification levels on the African continent.




ACQF level descriptors are expressed as learning outcomes structured on ten cumulative levels defined by three domains of learning: knowledge, skills and autonomy and responsibility. The development of the ACQF level descriptors is grounded in research and consultation, building on ACQF reports and other Regional Qualifications Frameworks (RQFs). The methodological approach to shaping the meta-descriptors involved the creation of a builder matrix, as a living working tool showing its horizontal and vertical evolution coupled with complementary content including a detailed glossary. Consultations and technical meetings took place between September and December 2021 to present, design, discuss and refine the descriptors and a first draft was presented to the ACQF Advisory Group (AG) in January 2022.