Economic and Social Classifications: Methodology and Application Course


The course focuses on the principles, concepts, and applications of the main economic classifications that are applied in the Statistical System. Reference is also given to the international classifications from which the European classifications are derived from.


5 days


Staff from National Statistics Offices, Government ministries, National Institutes, and Planning Ministries, Central banks, and University Researchers among others applying social and/or economic classifications in business registers statistical domains as well as staff responsible for the development and application of national economic classifications.


  • The course should provide participants with a better understanding of the underlying principles and concepts of international economics and social classifications, their content, and use.

  • Participants will be familiar with statistical classifications, their content and their links

  • Improved knowledge and understanding of the main issues related to classifications and their use.


  • Basic principles of classifications

  • The international system of linked economic classifications and family of international economic classifications

  • Revised international  economic classifications:

    •  ISIC Rev. 4 and NACE Rev. 2

    • CPC Version 2.1, CPA 2008 and its update

    • CPCProv

  • Harmonized system, Combined Nomenclature, PRODCOM

  • Functional/purpose classifications: COICOP and COICOP, COPNI,

  • COFOG and COPP


  • Social classifications: ISCO, EseG project, ISCED, ICATUS

  • Geographical classifications: ISO, UN

  • Interpretation and classification guidelines and rules

  • Tools and sources: UN classification registry and other classification databases

  • Methods and classification

    •  City groups

    •  International Comparison Programme

    •  National Statistical Systems

    •  Civil registration systems

    •  International economic and social classifications

    •  Population density and urbanization

    •  Country and area codes (M49)

    •  International migration

    •  Population and housing censuses

    •  Demographic and social surveys

    •  Methodological publications in statistics

    •  Public order and safety, offenders and their victims

    •  Environmental accounting

    •  National accounts

    •  Statistics on international trade in services

    •  Geographical names and information systems

    •  National and international data sources and links

    •  Time-use statistics (Allocation of   time and time use)

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This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location. For further inquiries, please contact us on Phone: +254 715 077 817 or Email: [email protected].
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields. All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
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