Modification of the educational module E.D.E. - certificate for long-term care providers


Project objective:

The goal of the project is to increase the quality and reputation of educational activities and the international dimension of the professional education of management staff in social services on the European level to support quality care for seniors with the EU. The need for project implementation stems from the growing requirements to ensure quality care for seniors with regards to the demographic changes, population aging and specific needs of these persons in Europe. The educational program to receive the E.D.E. certificate for providers of long-term care for seniors is going to be modified in structure and content through project activities. This will enable distributing it to interested subjects from other European countries. The former European association of long-term care providers (EDE) - currently European Network for Aging (EAN) - cooperate with Association of Social Services Providers Czech Republic and passed the Association onto coordinator role.

Current situation: 
Innovation of the current curriculum includes also modification of the structure. The current structure of the educational program was created in the 1990s. It is divided into 9 modules with 600 full-time lessons and 200 lessons in other forms (E-learning, elaboration of project). From the current point of view, it looks inflexible and is becoming obsolete. The current content does not reflect the actual needs of the target group and demographic trends and challenges. Structural change consists in dividing the educational program into three levels. Innovation of the content is going to be based on an analysis of needs in the area of ​​education managers in social services in Europe.


The output of the project is an innovated flexible educational training program, which is adapted to the needs of the target group of managers in the field of social services. The educational program is prepared in the form of a written curriculum with a detailed description of individual modules, forms of teaching and number of teaching units. The scope of the curriculum is 80 pages. Educational institutions in European countries that are interested in training under this plan must apply for accreditation from the European Ageing Network (EAN). Accreditation will be granted on the basis of a comparison of the submitted plan and the curriculum created in this project.


The new structure / curriculum is going to include:

  • creation and justification of training modules in relation to the current situation 
  • time requirements
  • content of educational modules
  • recommended forms of education
  • educational materials and tools

The new structure / curriculum is going to reflect the modular setting of the curriculum to 3 levels.

  • Basic certificate - is generally valid in all EAN member countries. Obtaining a basic certificate is going to be as required minimum for the management staff of residential social service facilities.
  • Advanced certificate - this level consist of mandatory modules with country-specific content = ie focusing on what is important / different in a given country; in which area it is important and beneficial to educate managers systematically.
  • Professional certificate - this level is represent an optional specialization enhancing professional skills of workers in specific areas of care for the elderly. 

Entry conditions for the basic certificate is universal for all students/participants. The educational framework for Advanced and Professional certificate is going to be based on the specific legal conditions and on the system of social services in involved countries.

Partner organizations:

Asociace poskytovatelů sociálních služeb České republiky (www.apsscr.cz) - coordinator

European Ageing Network (www.ean.care/en)

Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iași (www.uaic.ro/en)

Lebensweltheim - Bundesverband (www.lebensweltheim.at)

IBG - Institut für Bildung im Gesundheitsdienst (www.ibg-bildung.at)

Bildungszentrum der Jesuiten und der Caritas gemeinnützige Ges.m.b.H. (www.kardinal-koenig-haus.at)

Wolfgang Rath (www.wolfgang-rath.at)

OBJECTIVES OF NATIONAL FOCUS GROUPS - focus groups taken place in parallel in the Czech Republic, Austria and Romania:

  • Focus Group 1: To analyze current situation in the field of executive education in social services and needs in individual European countries and generally suggest possible modifications of the current education system.
  • Focus Group 2: To compare current structure and topics of E.D.E. (EAN) certificate with the needs collected through the needs analysis within the 1st focus group and questionnaire survey. The questionnaire survey was taken place in all EAN member countries.
  • 3rd Focus Group: To define new educational topics and finalize the content of existing topics of the E.D.E (EAN) modules.

Key questions for the focus groups:
  • What qualification and level of education should the manager in nursing home or generally in management in social services to have?
  • What knowledge and skills should the manager in nursing home or generally in management in social services to have?
  • To define the roles of EAN, national associations and educational institutions in the system.
  • Which topics from the current E.D.E. modules should be kept/modified/added?
  • Which topics are important for the Czech Republic, Austria and Romania?
  • How divide topics into 3 levels - basic, advanced, professional - and how to set up the educational units?
  • How to use alternative forms of education in the new EAN certificate?
  • How should the procedure if manager having the current E.D.E. certificate decide to apply for the new EAN certificate look like?

Contact details 

Vančurova 2904, Tábor, 390 04
Phone: +420 381 213 332
E-mail: projekt@apsscr.cz