The European Qualifications framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) has recommended that organisations working at EU level should use the reference levels and principles of the EQF in order to design coordinated training and qualification standards. EQF has indicated that such harmonization should take place through the development of sectorial qualification frameworks (SQFs) such as Coast Guard Functions cooperation. This will increase the employability, mobility and lifelong learning of personnel related to Coast Guard Functions.

The idea to develop a Sectorial Qualifications Framework for Coast Guard Functions (SQFCGF) was launched within the European Coast Guard Functions Forum. Development of the SQFCGF is a multi-year process where the end goal of the SQFCGF is to function as a set of common standards for CGF education to assure quality of training and teaching and to be applied on a voluntary basis.

Development of the SQFCGF is very much supported by the ECGF Training Network, it being mentioned in the Network’s Statement of Intent document as one of the Network’s main areas of activities.


SQF working group

A dedicated SQF working group was appointed to develop the framework under the leadership of the Italian Coast Guard. The SQF working group comprised of experts from the Italian Coast Guard, Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Agency, Finnish Border Guard, Hellenic Coast Guard, Spanish Customs, Portuguese National Republican Guard and the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency. The French Customs participated in the work during the 2nd project phase.

The work was also supported by project observers Frontex, EMSA and EFCA. Additionally, the Italian Coast Guard procured CIMEA, Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence as external expert to support in the development work.

The experts tell about their experience and thoughts of the SQFCGF in the video below.

Video by the Italian Coast Guard