May 19-20, Reykjavik, Iceland

Building a common ground

Validation of prior learning for integrated approaches in lifelong learning

The 4th VPL Biennale will take place on May 19-20 2022 in Iceland with The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC) as host. The 4th VPL Biennale is about validation of prior learning in different contexts and pathways of work and life. As a participant, you will be able to explore various validation processes and support measures and learn from the results achieved around the world.

What is validation about?

VPL gives visibility and value to all forms of learning and seeks to uncover and unlock latent talent in the workforce and in society. The biennale is for policy makers, researchers, users, practitioners, and other stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of Validation of Prior Learning.

It is a conference about sharing knowledge, ideas and visions of VPL, learning from each other’s experiences and creating viable solutions in the ‘VPL world’.


Building a common ground – Validation of prior learning for integrated approaches in lifelong learning

The 4th VPL Biennale is about validation of prior learning in different contexts and pathways of work and life. As a participant, you will be able to explore various validation processes and support measures and learn from the results achieved around the world.

The main themes will be:

  • Validation and working life
  • Validation and education/training
  • Validation and social sustainability
  • Validation and personal development

Presentations of current research in the field

The main question to be addressed during the conference is: How can validation processes become an integral part of policies and services to support lifelong learning?