The National System of Competences
Alberto Almaguer Rocha PhD
Linking the Business, Education and Government sectors for the certification of people’s skills
23 years after its creation, Mexico´s National System of Competences presents a wealth of lessons in different alternatives of institutional arrangements for the cooperation between the academic, industrial and social fields for the validation of prior learning, as defined by Standards of Competence, regardless of the way in which it was acquired.
The participation of different levels of government, such as federal, state and municipal; technical and professional education, training providers, as well as the business and labor sectors, have generated a diversity of cooperation models that have simplified and improved the methodology for the design of Standards of Competence; developed criteria for quality assurance on evaluation and certification processes and services, and have also created consequence mechanisms, outlining public policies to promote certification and a higher qualification in the Mexican labor force.
One pending challenge for Mexico is to form a National Framework of Qualifications, which allows prior learning to be recognized in the National Education System, including certified labor competences and, therefore, propitiate a life-long training culture.
About Alberto Almaguer Rocha PhDCountry
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Of Mexican nationality, he was born in the state of Nuevo León on July 16, 1966. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Public Accounting and Administration of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL) and has a Master's Degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and a Doctorate degree in Political Sciences from the same House of Studies.
In Guadalupe City, Nuevo León, he was Secretary for Human and Social Development from 2003 to 2006 and Secretary of Economic Development from 2009 to 2012. At the Metropolitan University of Monterrey, he served as Director of the Division of Higher Education and Director of the Economic-Administrative Division and he has lectured at the Technological Institute of Nuevo León and the UANL.
In the Government of the State of Nuevo Leon, he was Director of the Modernization and Quality Program of the General Secretary of Government; Undersecretary of Social Development, Undersecretary of Higher and Secondary Education and Secretary of State Education.
From May 2016 to December 2018, he was the Managing Director of Mexico´s CONOCER (National Council for the Standardization and Certification of Labor Competences), during his tenure, CONOCER achieved unprecedented results, including an increase in the number of Competence Standards and of Certification and Evaluation Entities, a great expansion in the geographical coverage of the System and a record number of issued certificates of competence.