Competence-based qualifications for adults

In order to complete a competence-based qualification, candidates must demonstrate certain skills and competence required in the profession. These skills are outlined in the Requirements of Competence-based Qualifications defined by the Finnish National Board of Education. Vocational modules are defined in collaboration with representatives of business life and are directly based on real-life work tasks.

There are three levels of competence based qualifications:

  • Vocational qualifications indicate competence to enter employment in the field.
  • Further vocational qualifications indicate the vocational skills required of skilled workers in the field.
  • Specialist vocational qualifications indicate a command of the most demanding tasks in the field.

The qualification requirements are the same as for vocational upper secondary education and training.