Eurodir issues a European certificate to candidates who have successfully completed their training following a programme provided by an accredited institution.


Within the federal framework the certificate aims to:

  • Create the feeling among professionals in training of belonging to a European network which acts a basis for sharing practices and for future professional mobility.
  • Involve the trainers of member organisations in participation in each other’s final examination boards.
  • Incorporate the existing “Social Europe” European module into each training programme of the member organisations by means of an assessment.
  • Create a common professional space for directors of welfare institutions so that, in future, skills will be recognised by European employers and states at a European level.

EURODIR certification, in conjunction with a process of inter-institutional cooperation and mutual recognition, is intended to encourage individuals to acquire skills and know-how relevant to their post. The aim is to involve individuals and especially students in training in the different organisations, as trainees preparing for a future post or as directors already in employment who are in training.

“CERTIFICATION”, which has been in place since 1996, is the end-product of these aims.

We have deliberately adopted a pragmatic approach by setting up a simple procedure, which is adapted to and respects the particular characteristic of each organisation in the context of a shared desire to form a European space common to the various professionals trained in the member organisations. The approach is federal in that the common conditions for final examinations are adopted by the member organisations at the expense, if necessary, of modifications to prior practices.

It is also pragmatic because it chooses to focus on professional aspects common to the member organisations; it does not seek university recognition, which would leave to one side the day-to-day realities on the ground since they could not be incorporated into an academic system of assessment.

1. The EURODIR certificate:

The EURODIR certificate is only awarded to those candidates who satisfy the demands of the final examination system of the training organisation.

These conditions specific to the organisations, which respect the common schedule of conditions, are in fact dependent on factors as diverse as:

  • The professional and academic pre-requisites of the students,
  • Their professional work experiences,
  • The teaching format – fulltime or part-time (minimum 30 European Credits/ ECTS), and
  • Finally, the level of professional independence of the managers at the end of their training, which in itself depends on the description of their post by the authorities of the country or their employers.

It is federal because, in addition to respecting the examining procedure of each organisation, a set of rules allowing us collectively to accredit the degree of expertise and professional know-how of the candidates leads to the principle that each organisation must:

  1. measure technical knowledge in the key management areas of
    • administrative and legal affairs
    • financial management and personnel management
  2. measure the ability to put this knowledge into practice in the actual running of the institution’s welfare programme within the framework of general management.

The system of testing used is as follows:

For point 1: a test of a technical nature, the content and form of which are at the discretion of the training organisation.

For point 2: a professional paper (dissertation).

1.1. Procedure for the EURODIR certificate:

For the EURODIR certificate the candidate must have fulfilled the criteria laid down by the training organisation with which she or he is registered. This organisation must be a member of the EURO-DIR network.

An external examiner, appointed by the network, must participate in the final examination as a delegate of the network. This delegate is selected based on her or his qualifications or skills in the running of a welfare institution. She or he must also be independent of the organisation responsible for the training.

The EURODIR certificate must be signed by the director of the training organisation and the delegate of the network.

Three months before the examination the director of the training organisation must request from the certification co-ordinator the exact number of certificates required for the session and ascertain their correct numerical order.

Before the certificates are distributed, they are numbered, if possible, in the alphabetical order of the successful candidates.

After the examination, a report listing the successful candidates is sent by the training organisation to the certification coordinator. The list gives details of each examined candidate: surname, first name and the number attributed. It is co-signed by the director of the organisation and the EURO-DIR delegate. Unused certificates are returned to the coordinator along with the report.

Should failed candidates have to re-sit the examination at a special session, without waiting for the next ordinary session, and so without the EURODIR delegate being present, the conditions for awarding the certificates will be subject of an agreement between the two signatories and will be set out in the report.

As soon as the results are received by the certification coordinator, the individual’s details are recorded on the EURODIR register of certificate holders, so that the list of those directors who have been awarded the European certificate is kept up to date.

1.2. Text appearing on the certificate

The certificate is in two languages: the language of the country of the training organisation and for the EURODIR network, either in French or in English (cf. enclosed model).

Part appearing in the top of the page:

  • The logo of the network, for each part of the logo we have the signification of EURODIR

Part appearing in the middle of the page:

  • On successful completion of the final assessment on (the date)
  • The director of (names of organisation and country), (director’s name) …
  • The candidate (name and signature)
  • The EURODIR delegate (name and signature).

Part appearing at the bottom of the page:

  • This certificate of director of social institutions is approved by the commission of the European Union

2. The Life-Long-Learning certificate EURODIR (LLL-Certificate)

The LLL-certificate will be given if a candidate has collected 20 EC in life long learning programmes.

The LLL programme can contain:

  • Studies in management in social organisations
  • Studies in social and health sciences including management knowledge
  • Projects/courses/seminars relating to management in social welfare
  • Studies in social welfare and management in social organisations, including a European dimension

For the LLL-certificate a candidate has to fulfil:

20 EC, including:

  • continuing learning
  • practice placements
  • personal work (supervision, written work)

The 20 EC have to be collected with a minimum of:

8 EC in management:

  • Management theories
  • Theories of organisations
  • Ethics of organisations
  • Understanding and definition of management
  • Leading employees
  • Organisation development (strategies)
  • Theories of decisions and negotiations
  • Understanding the function of organisations (psychological, sociological knowledge of organisations)
  • Quality management/ Evaluation
  • Professional communication (internal/ external)
  • Economy
  • Financing

6 EC in Social Policy:

  • Employment Law
  • Workers participation
  • Social policy of the EU
  • Social policy of different countries of the EU
    • Rights for elderly people
    • Rights for handicapped people
    • Rights for children and families
    • Rights for homeless, unemployed, immigrant people
    • Rights for people with addictions (drugs, alcohol etc.)
    • Rights of social protection
  • Knowledge about NGO’s
  • Knowledge about trade unions, employer organisations

6 EC of Social Work and/or Health Sciences:

  • Theories and methods in care and social work
  • Theories about the target population and the implementation of services to the public
  • Laws for social organisations (for example: users rights - laws for the clients/ social and health laws/ rules about security - fire, HACCP, etc./ responsibilities of Directors (civil, administrative), Social workers, Nurses and others/ rules of the public market (EU)
  • Practice Placement

2.1. Procedure for the Life-Long-Learning certificate EURODIR (LLL-Certificate)

For the LLL-certificate the candidate must have fulfilled the criteria of collecting EC laid down by the activity rules of EURODIR of which she or he is a personal member.

An examiner, appointed by the network, must check the content of the LLL process and recommend the candidate to the steering committee.

Once a year the steering committee decides which candidates are accepted. The LLL-certificate EURODIR is handed out by the board of EURODIR.

2.2. Text appearing on the LLL-Certificate EURODIR

The certificate is in two languages: the language of the country of the training organisation and for the EURODIR network, either in French or in English (cf. enclosed model).

Part appearing in the top of the page:

  • The logo of the network, for each part of the logo we have the signification of EURODIR

Part appearing in the middle of the page:

  • On successful completion of twenty EC the LLL-Certificate EURODIR is awarded to
  • The President of EURODIR network (name and signature)
  • The candidate (name and signature)
  • The EURODIR delegate (name and signature).

Part appearing at the bottom of the page:

  • The LLL certificate is awarded by EURODIR network, approved by the commission of the Europe-a Union

On the back of the page:

  • The topics and the number of credits by each topic