European Justice Training Platform

The European Training Platform (ETP)

The European Training Platform (ETP)

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The European Training Platform (ETP) is a search tool put at the service of legal practitioners and justice professionals who want to train themselves on any practice area of EU law or related matters. The training providers inform potential trainees about the training activities they organise everywhere in the EU and in different languages. The European Commission contributes to the platform with ready-to-use training materials or handbooks produced notably thanks to EU financial support.


You are a legal practitioner or a justice professional?

You will find many training courses on EU law advertised on the European Training Platform as well as training material for self-learning.

You can search according to different search fields (such as topic of the course, venue, date, language and practice area: from civil law, public law, criminal law to fundamental rights, legal language, deontology or legal skills).


You are a training provider?

The platform is now in a test phase and is open to EU-level training providers, whose expertise has been recognised by the EU as the recipients of annual operating grants per their mention in EU funding programmes[1].

Once the test phase is over, the Commission will explore the possibility to open the European Training Platform to other training providers, so that they may advertise their training offer on EU law or on a national topic which includes EU law or cross-border elements. For this, the interested training provider will need to register first, according to a procedure, which would be described here in due time.


User guide

To know more about the content of the European Training Platform (ETP) and its features, please consult this user-guide.



Accreditation of a training programme
A process of quality assurance through which a programme of training is officially recognised and approved by the relevant legislative or professional authorities following assessment against predetermined standards. Source: Cedefop[2].
Accreditation of an education or training provider
A process of quality assurance through which an education or training provider is officially recognised and approved by the relevant legislative or professional authorities following assessment against predetermined standards. Source: Cedefop.
Blended learning
Combining methods, techniques or resources, especially face-to-face and distance learning (including electronic resources), and applying them in an interactively meaningful learning environment. Learners should have easy access to different learning resources in order to apply the knowledge and skills they learn under the supervision and support of the teacher inside and outside the classroom. Source: Epale glossary[3].
Certificate / diploma / title
An official document, issued by an awarding body, which records achievements of an individual following assessment against a predefined standard. Source: Cedefop.
Continuing or continuous training
Training after initial training – or after entry into working life aimed at helping individuals to:
  • improve or update their knowledge and/or skills;
  • acquire new skills for a career move or retraining;
  • continue their personal or professional development.

Comment: continuous training is part of lifelong learning and may encompass any kind of education (general, specialised or vocational, formal or non-formal, etc.). Source: Cedefop.

CPD – Continuous Professional Development
This term is used to refer to the mandatory requirements for post qualification training and education set down by competent authorities (Bars or Law Societies). These requirements often prescribe a number of hours of training that must be undertaken by all registered lawyers over a defined period (usually one year). Source: Study “training lawyers in EU law”, EIPA-CCBE, 2014.
Credit system
an instrument designed to enable accumulation of learning outcomes gained in formal, non-formal and/or informal settings, and ease their transfer from one setting to another for validation. a credit system can be designed by describing:
  • an education or training programme and attaching points (credits) to its components (modules, courses, placements, dissertation work, etc.); or
  • a qualification using units of learning outcomes and attaching credit points to every unit. Source: Cedefop.
Distance training / learning
Education and training imparted at a distance through communication media: books, radio, TV, telephone, correspondence, computer or video. Source: Epale glossary.
Withdrawal from an education or training programme before its completion. Source: Cedefop.
Learning supported by information and communication technologies (icT). Comments:
  • e-learning is not limited to ’digital literacy’ (acquiring ICT skills). it may encompass multiple formats and hybrid methods: using software, internet, online learning or any other electronic or interactive media;
  • e-learning can be used as a tool for distance training but also to support face-to-face learning. Source: Cedefop.
Evaluation of training
Assessment whether the objectives/learning outcomes of an intervention, training programme or policy were achieved with reference to criteria and standards (such as its relevance or efficiency). Source: adapted from Cedefop.
Initial/ induction training
Training delivered before or on taking up duties. Source: European Commission Communication on COM(2011) 551 final.
Practical knowledge or expertise. Source: Cedefop.
Process by which an individual assimilates information, ideas and values and thus acquires knowledge, know-how, skills and/or competences. Comment: learning occurs through personal reflection, reconstruction and social interaction. it may take place in formal, non-formal or informal settings. Source: Cedefop.
Learning by doing
Learning acquired by repeated practice of a task, with or without prior instruction or learning acquired by transforming one’s mental assets through confrontation with reality, resulting in new knowledge and skills. Comment: learning by doing is also referred to as experiential learning. Source: Cedefop.
Learning facilitator
Anyone who promotes acquisition of knowledge and skills by establishing a favourable learning environment, including anyone exercising a teaching, training, supervision or guidance function. The facilitator helps the learner develop knowledge and skills by providing guidelines, feedback and advice throughout the learning process. Source: Cedefop.
Learning outcomes / learning attainments
Set of knowledge, skills and/or competences an individual has acquired and/or is able to demonstrate after completion of a learning process, either formal, non-formal or informal. Or Statements of what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process, which are defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competence. Source: Cedefop.
Lifelong learning
All learning activity undertaken throughout life, which results in improving knowledge, know-how, skills, competences and/or qualifications for personal, social and/or professional reasons. Source: Cedefop.
Training of trainers
Theoretical or practical training for teachers and trainers. Source: Cedefop.
Training path
Sum of learning sequences followed by an individual to acquire knowledge, skills or competences. Source: Cedefop.
Training provider
An organisation providing training services. Source: Cedefop.
Any activity offering a learner guidance, counselling or supervision by an experienced and competent professional. The tutor supports the learner throughout the learning process (at school, in training centres or on the job). Source: Cedefop.
Vocational training
Education and training which aims to equip people with knowledge, know-how, skills and/or competences required in particular occupations or more broadly on the labour market. Source: Cedefop.

[1] List of training providers:

  • Academy of European Law
  • European Institute of Public Administration
  • European Judicial Training Network
  • European University Institute

[2] Source: CEDEFOP, Terminology of European education and training policy, 2nd edition, Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union, 2014