To address the diversity of adult learning and the regional variety of quality labels in the nine provinces in Austria the Federal Ministry signed a contract of cooperation with the provinces to create Ö-Cert in 2011.
The aims of Ö-Cert are: transparency for customers/learners and public authorities, simplified administration and quality improvement for adult education.
To be granted Ö-Cert providers must fulfil certain requirements:
- run their institution in accordance with the basic requirements of Ö-Cert, ensuring that provider´s main field of activity is adult education
- employ at least one qualified educational manager responsible for programme management/organisation of courses
- already maintain one of the quality management systems or quality assurance listed in the Ö-Cert-List.
The Ö-Cert-List includes a range of different quality management systems or quality assurance procedures. All of them have in common that they require a mandatory external audit and are valid for a limited period.