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Economic and social classifications: methodology and application - 2024

Economic and social classifications:

methodology and application

Course LeaderClotilde MASSON
Target Group
  • Any statistician of a National Statistical Institute (including newcomers) dealing with any statistical domain and wishing to understand better the system of classifications used.
Entry Qualifications
  • Sound command of English (passive and actively). Participants should be able to make short interventions and to actively participate in discussions and group exercises (e.g. PowerPoint or flip chart presentations).
  • The course should provide participants with a better understanding of the underlying principles and concepts of European and international economic and social classifications, their content and use.
  • Basic principles of classifications
  • International system of linked economic classifications and family of international economic classifications
  • International and European economic classifications and their ongoing revisions:

              - ISIC Rev. 4 and NACE Rev. 2

              - CPC Version 2.1, CPA 2.1

  • Harmonised system, Combined Nomenclature, PRODCOM
  • Functional/purpose classifications: COICOP and EU-COICOP, COPNI, COFOG and COPP
  • Social classifications: ISCO, ESeG project, ISCED, ICATUS
  • Geographical classifications: ISO, UN-codes, NUTS
  • Interpretation and classification guidelines and rules
  • Tools and sources: RAMON, CIRCABC, the UN classification registry and other classification databases

The course content focuses on the principles, concepts and applications of the main economic, social and geographical classifications that are applied in the European Statistical System.

Reference is also given to the international classifications from which the European classifications are derived.

Expected Outcome
  • Participants will be familiarized with statistical classifications, their correspondences and their applications.
  • Improved knowledge and understanding of the main issues related to classifications and their use.
Training Methods
  • Presentations and lectures
  • Exchange of views/experiences on national practices
  • Exercises, Group discussions
Required ReadingNone
Suggested ReadingNone
Required Preparation
  • Participants are required to write a short summary of their own activity as well as that of the organization regarding practices, problems and experiences in the subject.


Clotilde MASSON (independent expert)

Hans VAN HOOFF (independent expert)

Sue WESTERMAN (CBS Netherlands)

Peter KRUISKAMP (CBS Netherlands)



Practical Information    
WhenDurationWhereOrganiserApplication  via National Contact Point
13-15.05.20243 daysThe Hague, NetherlandsICON-INSTITUT Public Sector GmbHDeadline: 18.03.2024