What is VNFIL?

VNFIL, (Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning) is a process that identifies, assesses and formally certifies the knowledge, skills and competences that you have earned throughout your life through non-formal and informal learning.

The ultimate goal for validation is to enable skills, and competences to be recognised and validated against defined occupational standards. 

Validation of non-formal and informal learning is an alternative pathway through which you can get an award for your experience similar to the awards you get after completing formal studies

What are the benefits of VNFIL?

  1. Recognition: A validation award adds value to all the skills and competences you have acquired throughout your life. VNFIL is recognized across EU countries.
  2. Employability: When interviewing an individual with a validation award, employers find it easier to identify what a person is able to do, as all the skills and competences available have been mapped. Validation is also a tool for promotion of employment and career advancement.
  3. Mobility: The need for validation of skills has long been felt, especially with the increase in the prevalence of mobility across EU countries and occupations.
  4. Competitiveness: With a validation award, you will have equal opportunities as your peers with formal qualifications. For example, you may apply for the same job as an individual with a formal qualification.
  5. Further studies: With a validation award, you can also choose to continue studying via recognition of prior learning.
  6. Satisfaction: A validation award will give you a sense of fulfilment and personal achievement.
VNFIL Certification Advantages
  • Certificate issued by The Malta Further and Higher Education Authority
  • No Expiry Date
  • Applicable for Skill Card
  • Applicable for OHSA & BCA

Assessment Method

Option 1

Interview with Board of Assessors, and

Practical on the job assessment

Option 2

Multiple choice assessment assisted by staff member, and

Practical on the job assessment

Entry Requirement Criteria

  • Declaration of experience
  • Attendance Certification in Basic Health & Safety Awareness in Construction Sites
  • Attendance Certification in Communication Skills in Construction Sites

Scheduling your Assessment

Interview and On-The-Job assessment – By appointment

Assessment from Monday to Friday between 08:30 to 17:30 at our head offices located at Ferris Buildings, Level 2, St Luke’s Road, Pieta PTA 1020, Malta

Participants may APPLY for ONE or MORE Validation Awards from list below:

VNFIL Validation Awards


Block Laying



Dry Rubble Wall



Falsework and Formwork

Gypsum Boards Installation

Lift Installation

Marine Civil Works



Residential Aluminium Fabrication

Road Construction

Scaffolding and Access

Steel Fixing

Stone Works

Tile Laying