Recognition and international comparability of qualifications

Recognition of qualifications refers to a decision on the eligibility that foreign qualifications provide when applying for a job or study place. In Finland, recognition decisions are made by different bodies for different purposes.

The Finnish National Agency for Education

Field-specific authorities decide on the professional rights that foreign qualifications give in Finland, within their area of competence (-> Professional rights on the basis of a foreign qualification).

Employers assess foreign qualification themselves when recruiting employees if national legislation does not specify qualification requirements for the position, such as a certain qualification, a qualification of a certain level, or professional practice rights.

Higher education institutions and other educational institutions decide on the eligibility that foreign qualifications give for further studies in Finland. They also decide on the recognition of studies completed abroad towards a qualification to be completed in Finland. On request, the Finnish National Agency for Education advises higher education institutions on matters that concern academic recognition.

The Finnish National Agency for Education has tasks which relate to how studies and professional qualifications completed in Finland are recognised abroad. The agency:


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The National Framework for Qualifications and Other Competence Modules enters into force on 1 March 2017

In the national qualifications framework, qualifications, syllabi and other extensive competence modules of the Finnish education and qualifications system are classified into eight levels on the basis of requirements. Provisions on the framework are laid down in an Act and Government Decree on the National Framework for Qualifications and Other Competence Modules. The provisions enter into force on 1 March 2017.

The framework will facilitate overall scrutiny of the Finnish education and qualifications system and other learning by describing the learning outcomes required by qualifications, syllabi and other extensive competence modules as knowledge, skills and competences in a uniform, comprehensible and comparable manner, and by defining their interrelations. The framework will improve the clarity and effectiveness of the Finnish qualifications system, increase the national and international transparency and comparability of qualifications and promote national and international mobility. The framework is based on the European Qualifications Framework that facilitates comparison and understanding of qualifications gained in different countries.

In 2008, the Ministry of Education and Culture designated the Finnish National Agency for Education (Opetushallitus / Utbildningsstyrelsen) as Finland’s National Co-ordination Point to support and, in conjunction with other relevant national authorities, guide the relationship between the national qualifications system and the European Qualifications Framework. The tasks of the Finnish National Agency for Education are, among other things, to provide different stakeholders with information and guidance in questions related to qualification frameworks.

Further information on the framework is available on the Finnish National Agency for Education website for qualifications frameworks and the following websites:

Ministry of Education and Culture press release 23 February 2017
Act on the National Framework for Qualifications and Other Competence Modules (93/2017)
Government Decree on the National Framework for Qualifications and Other Competence Modules (120/2017)

 

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