Identification of Qualifications relating to Personal Care and Social Work in Partner Countries
The report is the first result of the ICARE project activities and it is aimed at serving as a descriptive basis to be used as a common reference framework in subsequent project stages. The report first presents the rationale and objectives of the ICARE project, including a brief description of the seven vocational qualifications (Lombardy Region qualification subsystem), which are the basis of the experimentation which should allow a mutual recognition of competences among the four participating countries (Italy, Germany, Romania, and Poland). The document further analyses the contexts and challenges to the development of ECVET in project partner countries by showing how ECVET is being implemented at the national and regional levels, outlining characteristics and implementation arrangements. The last part of the report analyses national qualification systems by providing an in depth analysis of their structure and differences and a complete description of each professional profile according to the different national VET systems.

Analysis of Existing Methodological Approaches for the Application of ECVET at the National, Regional and Sectoral Level
Two caveats and seven suggestions have been drawn from the analysis of the existing ECVET methodologies which will guide the development of a common methodology to be finalised in a subsequent project phase. In the Annexes, a short Presentation Card of each analysed project is given. The report assesses a number of European and national ECVET projects and describes their approaches, in order to focus on the most promising ones for the I CARE project. The analysis of existing ECVET projects was carried out by exploiting four different kinds of data sources: ECVET Pilot Projects, German DECVET Projects, other projects implementing ECVET approaches, and official EU documents and studies on ECVET

Synthesis of Data: Assessment of Transparency of the Qualifications Concerned and Identification of the Most Suitable Methodological Approach
The analysis of existing methodological approaches brought to light many important suggestions to develop an ECVET project satisfactorily, nevertheless the ICARE project must reshape some ECVET tools in order to achieve its main tasks. The paper describes how the particular features of the ICARE project affect the ECVET framework and provide an overview of the methodological approach that will be adopted in the ICARE project.

The Vocational Qualifications Description in Relation to ECVET Framework
The paper describes the path followed by the ICARE project for the development of the competence matrices. Matrices have been elaborated starting from three elements:
1. Analysis of existing methodological approaches.
2. Analysis of Italian background, including the analysis of job descriptions provided in the QRSP (Regional Qualification Framework for Vocational Standards) of the Lombardy Region, which defines and classifies professional profiles.
3. Matrices improvement with partners. Matrices have been improved with the cooperation of all partners through a comparison of the professional profiles.
The document also includes the final matrices developed for the profiles comprised in the ICARE project.

Assignment of ECVET Points to Relevant Qualifications
ECVET points are a numerical representation of the overall weight of learning outcomes and of the relative weight of units in relation to the qualification.
The ICARE project allocates:
- 100 ECVET points to those professions which require a one year long training Care Operator and Socio-Assistance Assistant
- 50 ECVET points to those professions which require a shorter training Family Assistant, Dental Assistant, Baby Sitter.
ECVET points are allocated to Units of Learning Outcomes following two main criteria:
a. TIME required to acquire the competences included in the Unit.
b. RELEVANCE of the competences included in the Unit.
ICARE project deals with migrant workers, for this reason in order to provide a complete evaluation of their competences, the project allocated also ECVET sub-points to each Learning Outcome.

Evaluation of Learning Outcomes
The document describes the methodology used in the ICARE project for the evaluation of the Learning Outcomes included in the matrices.
In order to assess both knowledge and practical skills of candidates, the test comprises a part with procedure simulations and oral questions and a part with multiple choice questions concerning theoretical topics.
The test follows the different moments and situations that the candidate will share with the assisted person (elder or baby): the morning awakening, dressing and washing the baby/the elder, feeding the baby/the elder, keeping the environment clean, preparing the baby/the elder for the rest/the night.
Three main criteria have been used in the evaluation methodology:
- the presence of the main elements of an action
- the order of execution of the action
- the use of the equipment

ICARE Testing Phase
The report describes the piloting phase launched in all participating countries in order to assess the usability and validity of the ICARE model. Apart from Italy, where the tools were tested for all professional profiles, each partner country undertook a testing activity focusing on two professions. The piloting phase was implemented between September 2012 and March 2013.
Altogether, the ICARE piloting phase involved a total of 82 candidates who undertook the testing process, 21 assessors who used the ICARE tools for assessing competences, and 11 organisations (nursing homes, VET agencies, colleges, dentist’s surgeries, …) having made their premises available for the implementation of the assessment sessions.