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Appeals regarding recognition of prior learning

If you have applied for prior learning recognition within the Danish adult education system.

You can appeal to the Qualifications Board against certain decisions by Danish educational institutions regarding recognition of prior learning made in relation to the following types of programmes (see details at the bottom of the page):


  1. Admission requirements or programme content of an Academy Profession or Diploma programme within the system of higher education for adults

  2. General adult education and upper secondary education subjects


How to appeal a decision to the Qualifications Board

You should send your appeal to the educational institution that made the decision you are appealing against.

The appeal must arrive at the educational institution within four weeks of your receipt of the decision.

Content of your appeal

Your appeal letter should be addressed "To the Qualifications Board".

In the letter of complaint you should state:

  1. Which body (study board or the like) has made the decision

  2. When and how you were informed of the decision (the date of the conversation or the date of the letter which informed you of the decision)

  3. In what way the decision should be changed, in your opinion, and the reasons for your view.

You should only attach new documentation if you believe that it may change the institution's assessment of your case.


Processing of your appeal

The educational institution may choose to re-assess the case.

If the institution maintains its decision it will forward your appeal to the Qualifications Board with a statement. The Qualifications Board then assesses your appeal and sends you an answer as soon as possible.

The decision of the Qualifications Board is the final and conclusive administrative decision. This means that you cannot appeal against it.


The Qualifications Board does not consider complaints about legal aspects

Please bear in mind that the Qualifications Board only considers appeals against the content and the matter of the decision, i.e. about how much of your prior learning has been recognised.

If you wish complain about legal aspects, please ask you educational institution for advice.

Procedures according to type of programme

1. Academy Profession and Diploma programmes within the system of higher education for adults

At Academy Profession and Diploma programmes within the system of higher education for adults, prior learning can be recognised as corresponding to:

  • Admission requirements

  • Parts of or subparts of an educational programme (for instance specific courses, or modules)

  • An entire educational programme

Thus, the purpose of involving in an assessment of prior learning in relation to one of these educational programmes may either be that you wish to be admitted to the educational programme and aspire to comply with the admission requirements through the recognition of your prior learning, or that you aspire for a diploma stating that you possess the skills and qualifications equivalent to parts of or an entire Academy Profession or Diploma Programme.

You may appeal to the Qualifications Board against decisions about recognition of prior learning both in relation to admissions requirements and in relation to parts of, subparts of, or an entire Academy Profession or Diploma Programme.

2. General adult education and upper secondary education subjects

You can ask for an individual competency assessment at an adult education centre (VUC) in order to obtain certification that you have compentencies fully or partially equivalent to a general adult education subject or a general upper secondary education subject.

If the VUC makes a decision on recognition of your prior learning in relation to academic levels within general adult education or general upper secondary education subjects, you may appeal to the Qualifications Board against that decision.

last modified Jul 24, 2020