VET programmes dealing with practical training normally test the achievement of the learner. The test is meant to give the learner the possibility to demonstrate what he/she has learned in the practical part of the VET education.
The test can also be labelled a skills demonstration test. This is the case in Finland.
The content and scope of the skills demonstration tests vary from country to country.
Although the content and form of these tests vary, they have a lot in common.
For one thing, the skills demonstrations reflect the actual requirements for skilled artisans in the specific trade.
Countries using this kind of skills assessment often make guidelines.
The test is set up according to the specific learning outcomes for the particular specialisation of trade. The test should enable learning to be assessed or checked.
The learner demonstrates his/her learning according to what is relevant, in relation to requirements of the various trades/specialisations.
The demonstration is normally carried out as a combination of problem solving tasks and learner presentations.
Countries with dual systems arrange a so- called journeyman's test. In Denmark, the trade committee is responsible for the journeyman’s test.
It is held at the VET school with external examiners appointed by the trade committee.
When the apprentice has passed the journeyman's test, he/she receives a journeyman's certificate.