MaecVET - ECVET Portal for Promotion and Mutual Recognition of Massage Professions in Europe


Overview | Partners | Target groups |Background | Activities | Results | Press Release | Duration

Overview top


MaecVET project is funded by the European Commission (Lifelong Learning Programme). It refers to the following situation in massage professions: there is no valid and comparable data available concerning the content, level, duration, legal frameworks, certificates and diploma etc. of massage professions in Europe. Furthermore, there have been no attempts made so far to establish recognition and accreditation systems for certificates and diplomas of massage professions between the European countries (EU policies such as ECVET or EQF have not yet been applied in this area). It is therefore almost impossible for masseur trainees to compare different education offers in Europe and to decide which is the most appropriate one. There is also no assurance that a certificate or diploma will have a common recognition across Europe.


The aims of MaecVET project are as follows:
• Promoting modern European VET/labour market policies more intensively throughout Europe.
• Developing basic documents to allow the transnational comparison of massage education and levels as well as to enable mutual recognition of VET/higher education certificates and diploma.
• Developing and promoting a brand new online portal which links various stakeholders and target groups with each other to improve VET/higher education as well as labour market situations in the field of massage professions across Europe.


Partners top

Project Promoter                                                                    Contact

BBW Beckmann & Scheller GmbH & Co. KG (DE)          Ingo Matthäus                                                          Linnéa Koop

 Project Partners

Ausbildungszentrum Bergler (AT)


Karier Oy (FI)



Global Human Development (PT)

DIA-SPORT Association (BG)

Coleg Llandrillo Cymru(UK)


Target groups top

The project addresses a following European target groups:
•  masseurs (and related professions)
•  trainees/students in massage professions
•  professional associations of masseurs and trade unions
•  providers of vocational/higher education and training centres for masseurs
•  companies, institutions and organisations employing masseurs (such as hospitals, wellness and sport centres etc.
•  employers of masseurs can benefit from the project outcomes as well as organisations and persons outside the partnership and in other countries
•  political decision makers and stakeholders relevant to the topics of the project (especially national accreditation and certification offices)
These target groups will be mainly reached through the partner of the project group, the 41 associated partners and the wide range of promotion and dissemination activities implemented throughout the project’s lifetime.
The target groups will fully be involved in the project developments; they will:
•  help to collect and evaluate the data concerning the national VET/higher education content and frameworks (massage staff from P1, P2, P4, P5, P6, P7, P8, P9)
•  help to meet the requirements of the EU policy and frameworks (staff from P7, P1)
•  actively register at the MaecVET portal and use all facilities including promoting own education offers, job offers (all partners, all associated partners and open to all professionals in this area)
•  be involved in the evaluation activities of the portal to improve its quality and services
•  directly be addressed by the strategic “Green Paper” (political decision makers and stakeholders, so they can forward the project group’s recommendations and suggestion in their working groups and policies.
•  be represented at the final conference in Germany, where representatives of different target groups and stakeholder will meet and discuss.
•  one of the most promising accesses to our target groups is our close contact to the German National Coordination Office for ECVET in Bonn (; they know our application
and showed great interest in the project; the ensured us full support on evaluation, dissemination and implementation level once the project has started. They also underlined to support with us
their contacts on transnational/EU level. Thus, we will build up relations to all national/EU ECVET offices in Europe for promoting and implementing our project results.


Background top

The VET/higher education in the field of professional masseurs is by far not keeping pace with the demands of a dynamic but booming touristic sector and labour market and is not meeting the requirements and demands of a modern European education and knowledge society.

Main objectives and aims:
•    To create general awareness concerning the project’s topic and promotion of basic EU frameworks and policies.
•    To set up a partnership which is able to develop an ECVET map for the recognition of massage education and professions in Europe; this map allows the understanding and application of ECVET by VET stakeholders.
•    To collect relevant data from DE, AT, FI, HU, IT, PT, BG and the UK concerning the content and frameworks of VET/higher education, linking them to EU frameworks and regulations and making this synergy visible to a general public.
•    To develop an online tool which allows quick access to relevant information and data concerning the above mentioned issues and which also makes VET/higher education in massage professions as well as job offers from all over Europe visible.
•   To  create the MaecVET online portal which makes this map accessible to all persons interested and relevant all over Europe; all target groups (such as masseurs, earners interested in becoming masseurs, VET providers, employers etc.) can register at the portal and they can search for offers (jobs, training programmes etc.), they can organise job mobilities, they can promote themselves etc. – it works because everything is based on the descriptions and frameworks of the ECVET map we develop. This IT-based solution is an innovative contribution to the positive development of VET and the ECVET concept in Europe.
•    To develop a Green Paper which is focusing on political decision makers and stakeholder for improving the overall situation of VET and ECVET in Europe. Together with many other dissemination activities and materials, to raise enormous awareness towards this issue throughout Europe.
•    Since some countries (such as the UK) does also offer VET for massage professions on Bachelor level (level 5), all our materials and products will also be applicable for level 5 (where appropriate)
•    Last but not least, to enable all relevant stakeholders and target groups (e.g. learners, VET providers, professional masseurs, employers, associations and unions etc.) of an important profession in the health and wellness sector to meet and interlink virtually based on the frameworks and requirement of ECVET. To give  feedback to relevant stakeholders and political decision makers how situation looks like on the operative VET/higher education and labour market levels in Europe and how their demands can be met by future strategic and political decisions.


Activities top

•   Step one: National review of existing VET/higher education supplies for the massage profession and collection of the most relevant models from all partner countries involved. This roadmap will reflect the status quo of European VET/higher education for the massage profession.

•   Step two: In the Recognition Map of Massage Professions in Europe the different massage professions and technique as well as the VET/higher education models behind are evaluated and compared with each other by a detailed descriptions of contents, durations, certification, legal frameworks, level of profession etc. of existing ECVET/ECTS concepts and models on bases of the EQF or any existing NQFs (National Qualification System).

•   Step three: This map will be transferred into an internet-based portal, the MaecVET, the core outcome of the project. Apart from the Recognition Map the portal gives also clear information and overview over EU policies, frameworks and instruments relevant to the project’s topic (such ECVET, ECTS, EUROPASS etc.) and provide two EU-wide promotion/exchange bases: one for VET/higher education offers for masseurs and one for potential job offers for masseurs.• Step four: Development of a strategic “Green Paper” which includes recommendations and suggestions to political decision makers and relevant stakeholders how to improve quality standards and the employment situation in the area of massage professions.

•   All these developments will be accompanied and controlled by project management, dissemination and quality assurance activities on highest EU project management level.


Results top

Press Release

Duration top

01.October 2012 – 30.September 2014