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Main Documentation Page For The "Referentiel" Activity Module

"Referentiel" is a Moodle module for skills certification. It's a non standard (third party) module. It is used for the Certification process, aka skills evaluation and validation.

You may come to this documentation through the automatically generated link at the bottom of some screen of the "referentiel / repository" module.

This module was developed and is maintained by Jean Fruitet at / /

It works on Moodle 1.8 to Moodle 3.0. Since 2013 Moodle scales may used to grade skills (Referentiel version for Moodle 2.5 to 3.0)

Il you use Outcomes, you may use them as a mean to represent skills / competencies and get them in Referentiel module.


Outcomes, skills, competencies, skills repository, certification


This document is un application description and the user manual.

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« Skills repository (referentiel) » module layout

Skills + Activities + Tasks + Outcomes + Referee = portfolio for skills evaluation and certification.

What can you do with Referentiel / Repository module ?

You get :

  • an interface to describe skills repository in Moodle
  • evaluate students activities in regard of these skills.

In a Moodle course this module allows :

  • to specify a repository or import it
  • to declare activities linked with competencies (skills / outcomes)
  • to follow students declarations
  • to propose tasks (a mission, list of competencies, linked documents...)
  • to export and print certificates

If your site enables Outcomes (also known as Competencies, Goals, Standards or Criteria), you can export a list of Outcomes from referentiel module then grade things using that scale (forum, database, assigments, etc.) throughout the site. These grades will be integrated in Referentiel module.


  • Students Type in skills declaration,
  • Teachers assign task to students and evaluate students skills,
  • activities notification by mail,
  • certificate edition,
  • backup / restore capabilities,
  • certificates export out of de Moodle (CSV, XML, XHTML),
  • certificates prints (PDF, RTF, ODT, DOC, CSV, XHTML).
  • Grades and Outcomes of any Moodle activity (forum, assignment, quizz, etc.)

User documentation

(in French)

French MoodleMoot 2012: Outils pour la certification des compétences, De Moodle vers Mahara (et réciproquement) (connect as visitor)

Download and Installation

Download Referentiel module from (you have to log-on to get the module)

GitHub : Moodle 2.9, 3.0 version : Older versions :


Install all referentiel components in is directory

./mod/referentiel (for Referentiel instance management)

./blocks/referentiel (for Referentiel occurrence edition)

./report/referentiel (for Admin user)

The following steps should get you up and running with this module code.

1. Unzip the archive in a temporary directory.

Move sub-directory "./mod/referentiel" to YOUR_MOODLE_DIR/mod/

Language data files may be let in "YOUR_MOODLE_DIR/mod/referentiel/lang/"

Move sub-directory "./blocks/referentiel" to YOUR_MOODLE_DIR/blocks/

Move sub-directory "./report/referentiel" to YOUR_MOODLE_DIR/report/

Languages files can be left in the moodle/{mod|blocks|project}/referentiel/lang/ directory.

2. log on with admin role

3. install new modules as usual (admin Notification)

4. Set module parameters

Administration / Plugins / Activity / Skills repository (referentiel)

Unmask Administration / Plugins / Blocks / Skills repository (referentiel)

If you use scales for skill evaluation, read on referentiel documentation:

Module activation

Connect to YOUR_MOODLE Moodle server with admin role.

Click on Site Administration > Notifications will install new referentiel tables in data base.

Click on Site Administration > Modules > Activities > Settings will adapt the settings to your site policy.

Your first test

  • Go in a course (or create one)
  • Turn editing on
  • "Add a block"
  • Select Block "Skills Repository".
       You can edit a new Skills repository (Competency framework) occurrence or import one. 

Create a new activity

  • "Add an activity"
  • Select "Skills Repository".
  • Give it a name: "My first Skills Test" for example , description and attach a Skill repository occurrence
  • Open the new activity "My first Skills Test"
  • Go to "Skills repository" thumbnail
  • Go to "Activity" thumbnail
  • Add a new declaration...
  • etc.

Some Skills Repository are downlodable from (Anonymus logon)


What are Skills Repositories ?

Skills Repositories (e.g. outcomes lists) are a sort of knowledge evaluation tools.

A skills repository is a hierarchy of objects:


Relational scheme of a skills repository

  Domain 1 (Code, Description)
     Skill 1.1 (Code, Description)
        Item 1.1.1 (Code, Description, Weight)
        Item 1.1.2 (Code, Description, Weight)
     Skill 1.2 (Code, Description)
        Item 1.2.1 (Code, Description, Weight)
        Item 1.2.2 (Code, Description, Weight)
        Item 1.2.3 (Code, Description, Weight)					 
  Domain 2 (Code, Description)
     Skill 2.1 (Code, Description)
        Item 2.1.1 (Code, Description, Weight)
        Item 2.1.2 (Code, Description, Weight)

To ensure that the repository is operational, it must include at least one domain, a skill and an item.

Skills Repository

  • Name [mandatory]: It is the identity of the repository.
  • Code [mandatory]: It is a convenient label to identify the repository.
  • URL [optional] : The reference on the Web of the repository source.
  • Certification threshold [Decimal value; optional]: If a scale and notes are associated with the achievement of each skill, the threshold is the value beyond which the applicant is certified.
  • Global Repository [yes / no; yes by default] : A global skills repository is accessible form other courses than the one where it has been created.
  • Number of domains to be saved for this repository [numerical value; mandatory]: Number of domains to be created.

You can start with one domain and thereafter add more domains to define new areas.


  • Code [mandatory]: It is a convenient label to identify the domain.
  • Description [mandatory]: The text that defines the domain, in terms of knowledge, expertise, know-how, abilities, skills, role, attitude, behaviour, etc ...
  • ID Number [Numerical value; mandatory]: The domain serial number within the hierarchy of objects in the repository.

Domains are displayed in ascending order following this serial number.

  • Number of skills to record for this domain [Numerical value; mandatory]: Number of skills to be created for this domaine.

You can start with only one skill and thereafter add more to define new expertise.

Skill / Competency

  • Code [mandatory] : It is a convenient label to identify The skill.
  • Description [obligatoire] : The text that defines the skill, in terms of knowledge, expertise, know-how, abilities, skills, role, attitude, behaviour, etc ...
  • Serial Number [numerical value; mandatory] : The skill serial number within the skills list of this domain.

Skills are displayed in ascending order following this serial number.

  • Number of items to record for this skill [numerical value; mandatory] : Number of items involved in this skill.

You can start with only one item and thereafter add more to define new items .


  • Code [mandatory]: It is a convenient label to identify the item. we must ensure the code of each item to be unique as the repository is based on this property, in other words two items belonging to different skills should not be referenced with the same code (within the same repository:) !
  • Description [mandatory]: The text that defines the item, in terms of knowledge, expertise, know-how, abilities, skills, role, attitude, behaviour, etc ...
  • Type of item [Mandatory, Optional] [optional ] : Categorization of the item extent in certification.

If the item is not required to obtain the certificate, leave empty or use "Optional".

  • Weight of the item (decimal value) : Coefficient assigned to the item for the assessment scoring. The formula consists in adding the weight of different items.
  • Inprint of the item (integer value [0..999]) : Number of times a skill has to be validated in activities before to be certified...
  • Serial Number [numerical value; mandatory] : The item serial number in the list of items contained in the skill.

Items are displayed in ascending order following this serial number.

Repository Instance

A repository instance is an Moodle activity with the same meaning than "Assignment", "Forum" or "Lesson" wich is based on a competency framework (Skills repository occurrence) and which allows students:

  • to declare the activities involving / proving skills of that skills repository;
  • to check these skills againts a scale;

and allows teachers to assess these skills...

When creating a new instance the following must be defined:

  • Instance Title [mandatory]: This is the name under which this instance appears to be an integrated activity in a course ...
  • Instance Description [optional]: Short note to inform students about the objectives of this activity.
  • How should we call a domain? [optional]: For displays, which label identifies the concept of the "domain".
  • How should we call a skill?: For displays, which label identifies the concept of the "skill".
  • How should we call an item?: For displays, which label identifies the concept of the "item".

N.B. : 1) It can coexist more than one Skills repository instance in the same course, whether pointing to the same occurrence / competency framework (this is not recommanded) or to different ones

2) Many instances of the same occurrence (competency framework) may exist in different courses.

Meta courses & Skills repository module

See also

Linked pages :