The WAVE partnership has succeeded, by its exhaustive surveying techniques, in creating an integrated approach by bringing together the whole European sector, and has been able to provide a broad overview of what is being done by the whole body of European educationists and trainers. WAVE makes use of the "learning outcomes" approach favoured in both the Bologna and Copenhagen Processes; this has enabled both academic course providers and producers (as represented by FEAP) to collaborate in very detailed consultations, with a resulting precise set of skills and competencies. The involvement of website programmers at an early stage of the consultations has allowed continuous modification of the Farm Survey Questionnaires, with the added benefits of online consultation aiding the refining and modification process.

Data Collection

Educational system

  • To map out the current existing systems in place in Europe (degrees, diplomas, vocational training, non-formal, lifelong learning)
  • Overview of the accreditation systems in each country


  • Create an accurate list of competencies related to aquaculture production for all of Europe (all species, all technologies and differences around Europe)


  • Consultation with Industry (producers associations and workers through farm visits)
  • Consultation with Education bodies (Universities, training organisations, colleges etc.)

Development of competencies matrix

  • A complete competencies list for European Aquaculture

Development of WAVE protocol

  • Development of system for comparing different formal and informal training between countries
  • Mapping of individual learning pathways

Consultations regarding the potential use of the tools and results from the initiative

  • Consultation with Industry (producers associations, etc)
  • Consultation with the policy makers (Education authorities, accrediting bodies
  • Consultation with Education bodies (universities, training organisations, colleges etc.)