wba (short for “Weiterbildungsakademie Österreich”/Austrian Academy of Continuing Education) is a validation system for the qualification and recognition of adult educators. Adult educators`qualifications are recognised according to set standards based on qualification profils.
Launched in 2007 wba acknowledges prior learning results and offers guidance and counselling as far as the acquisition of missing skills is concerned.
Adult educators can submit competences and practical experience acquired in various ways and with different types of proofs. These supporting documents are assessed on the basis of the wba-qualification profils and then acknowledged. Lack of competences can be made up by attending further courses or by submitting further evidence. wba-graduates receive a recognised wba-certificate or wba-diploma.
Whilst adult education in Austria is still a heterogeneous field and difficult to compare, wba sets standards and fosters the professionalization of the Austrian adult education.
wba does not offer further education programmes itself but accredits suitable courses offered by various AE institutions throughout Austria.
Practical experience in the field of adult education is a prerequisite for a certification by wba.
In 2013 wba won the Observal-Net Validation Prize in the category "Bottom-Up Approach".
Our Mission Statement
wba is a partnership institution in the field of Austrian adult education:
wba is directed towards individuals who are actively involved in adult education in Austria and beyond and want to take part in a certification process.
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Furthermore wba is also aimed at AE institutions that wish to have their offers of further education accredited by wba.
Benefits / Advantages
wba develops and ensures quality standards.
It constitutes an important step towards the professionalization of Austrian adult educationenabling those taking part in its certification process to obtain a certificate or diploma widely recognised within the profession.
Adult educators often possess competences that have been acquired in various ways. wba enables adult educators to combine these competences and skills in order to receive recognised qualifications.
The wba certificate / wba diploma ....
The top-characteristics of wba are:
o wba-certificate for certified adult educators
o wba-diploma for graduated adult educators
to find out more about wba visit "Studien über die wba" (which includes articles and studies about wba, mostly in German but with some articles in English as well).