All teaching in Lappia is done in Finnish. 

A student graduating from a vocational college gets an upper secondary vocational qualification in the field of his/her study programme. The average length of all study programmes is three years. If the student wishes to obtain the general upper secondary qualification simultaneously, it takes four years to complete both qualifications. The vocational qualification gives general eligibility for higher education.

A vocational qualification can be obtained either through school-based education or in the form of apprenticeship training.  

To get a comperensive idea of the education in Finland, please see the chart of educational system. You can find out more on the system on the website of the National Board of Education.

In Vocational College Lappia students can study in 40 study programmes leading to 28 different vocational qualifications in the following fields:



ArtisanMusicianMusic TechnologistVisual Artisan



Animal AttendantFisherFish FarmerFishing InstructorFish ProcessorRural Entrepreneur



Baker-confectionerCook Datanomi (qualification in Information and Communications Technology) Foods MakerMerkonomi (qualification in Business and Administration)Site Facilities Operative Tourism Activities OrganiserTravel CouncellorWaiter - Waitress


Social and Health Care

Beauty TherapistHairdresserPractical Nurse


TechnologyAutomation AssemblerBuilderDesign AssistantElectricianICT TechnicianJoiner Laboratory TechnicianMachinistMaintenance FitterMechanical FitterMedia AssistantMiner PainterPipefitterPlater-welderProcess OperatorSecurity OfficerVehicle Mechanic   


Apprenticeship training

Apprenticeship training is an optional way for obtaining an upper secondary vocational qualification, a further vocational qualification or a specialist vocational qualification. It opens up a possibility to further training to apprentices by way of working.

Apprenticeship training is based on an employment agreement (= apprenticeship contract) between the student and the employer, which the education provider confirms. In the contract the employer commits to train the apprentice up for a profession and to enable apprentice’s participation in the theoretical periods of the training in the College.
Apprenticeship training is arranged both for the young and adults. 


Adult education

The Vocational College Lappia provides adult education and business services Lapland-wide. In addition to different kinds of education the College provides know-how development services for the needs of companies and communities. Every year nearly 4,000 people develop their know-how and over 600 people obtain a competence-based qualification.

Adults can obtain vocational upper secondary qualifications, further vocational qualifications and vocational qualifications as competence-based qualifications, which require the students to show their competence in the skills of the field in question. A competence-based qualification can be obtained by a competence-based test. It is possible to participate in the test either through or without preparatory training. Prepatory training can also be organised in the form of apprenticeship training.

In addition to the vocational qualifications the adult education services provide vocational further education and training, employment training and custom-built education.