Initial vocational education

Initial vocational education refers to vocational education leading to a qualification. Qualifications obtained in initial vocational education are initial vocational qualifications, which are based on the syllabus of the comprehensive school education. The aim of initial vocational education is that once a student has obtained a qualification he/she will possess broad, basic skills in an occupation and specialist skills as per the completed training programme.

Initial vocational qualifications can be obtained either by completing a curriculum (young students) or by passing a skills examination (adult students). The scope of studies for all initial qualifications is 120 credits, or three years. If a qualification is obtained by passing a skills examination the scope can be less extensive than this as the student's previous skills are taken into consideration. A skills examination can be passed without attending preparatory education for it by demonstrating in skills tests the knowledge and skills required for the attainment of vocational skills.


Validity of the definition

  • Valid until (31 December 2078)

Source organisation

  • Tilastokeskus