Identification and recognition of prior learning:
 National Registry and Data Transfer Service for Study Rights and Completed Studies (Koski service) in liberal adult education

To promote the identification and recognition of prior learning, data on liberal adult education study attainments may also be entered in the National Registry and Data Transfer Service for Study Rights and Completed Studies (Koski service) maintained by the Finnish National Agency for Education. This applies to study attainments in non-formal and non-qualification liberal adult education. These amendments to legislation contribute to the reform of continuous learning. The amendments entered into force on 1 August 2021.

The legislation on liberal adult education and on the National Registry and Data Transfer Service for Study Rights and Completed Studies has been amended so that, in future, the competence acquired in adult education centres, folk high schools, summer universities, centres of learning, and training centres for sports and physical education can also be saved in the National Registry and Data Transfer Service for Study Rights and Completed Studies (Koski service). 

As a result, the National Registry and Data Transfer Service for Study Rights and Completed Studies (Koski service) can contain liberal adult education study attainments provided that 

  • the provider of the educational institution has decided to offer students participating in studies at the institution the option of saving their study attainment records in the Koski service 
  • the scope of the studies is based on credits and have been described and assessed on the basis of competence 
  • the student has given consent for saving such data 
  • the competence acquired in the studies is a pass, which means that, at its minimum, the student’s competence corresponds to the level specified in the competence-based description of the studies.

To support the reform, this page contains material and instructions for the providers of liberal adult education institutions. Students can view their study attainment data through the MyStudyInfo service maintained by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for guidelines related to the reform involving the interpretation of legislation and central government transfers to local government. The Finnish National Agency for Education is responsible for the practical execution and technical implementation of the reform (Koski service, eCurriculum service and MyStudyInfo service) and provides guidance to educational institutions in this respect.

See also

Guidelines on consent in different languages:

The recording (in Finnish with Finnish/Swedish subtitles) and presentations of a webinar on liberal adult education and the National Registry and Data Transfer Service for Study Rights and Completed Studies (Koski service) held on 13 April 2021:

Contacts

Petra Heikkinen, Specialist 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Varhaiskasvatuksen, perusopetuksen ja vapaan sivistystyön osasto ( VAPOS ) 0295330068  


Tero Huttunen, Development Manager 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Varhaiskasvatuksen, perusopetuksen ja vapaan sivistystyön osasto ( VAPOS ), Strategic Steering Division 0295330219