Qualifications Framework level

EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification
Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.
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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are knowledge, skills and competences acquired during a certain period of learning.

In Latvia, learning outcomes are stipulated by state education standards and occupational standards (for the professional qualifications).

Learning outcomes of higher education are defined by higher education institutions.


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– Able to perform intellectual operations at the level of knowledge, understanding, use and simple analysis.
– Uses knowledge and theoretical understanding in wide-ranging complex activities.
– Able to obtain and evaluate information independently.
– Uses wide-ranging knowledge and skills for the solution of well-formulated, but unknown and unforeseeable problems.
– Has detailed, theoretical knowledge and understanding corresponding to the professional qualification.
– Has wide-ranging skills and proficiency essential for the profession corresponding to the professional qualification.
– Able to perform the work of executor independently, including the planning and supervision of the work to be performed.
– Knows and is able to apply appropriate technologies.
– Able to apply information acquisition and processing technologies in professional activity.
– Latvian language proficiency developed and foreign language(-s) proficiency improved.
– Knows and understands links between historical developments of their county, Latvia, Europe and world.
– Able to apply mathematical knowledge and skills in professional work.
– Able to apply knowledge about the facts and laws of natural sciences in professional activity.
– Able to evaluate the processes occurring in nature and society and comprehend them in their system and development.
– Understands the principle of coherence of ecological space and observes the environmental protection requirements in professional activity.
– Understands the basic principles of market economy.
– Able to find their place in the economic structures of society and able to operate therein.
– Understands the economic relationship between employer and employee and knows the relevant legislation.
– Has a conception of the political structure of the European Union, as well as of the principles of single economic area and the mobility of the labour force.
– Evaluates their abilities adequately.
– Plans activity in compliance with circumstances, possibilities and their abilities.
– Plans time in accordance with task.
– Able to make justified choice and make a decision independently in familiar and less familiar circumstances.
– Able to answer for the quantitative and qualitative result of their professional activities, assumes partial responsibility for the work performed by others.
– Is determined, systematic and rational when working.
– Is careful and accurate.
– Able to assume initiative.

Finishing Work Technician

  • Knowledge

    PROFESSIONAL knowledge:
    At the concept level:
    1. Sectoral laws and regulations. Technical project.
    2. Project management.
    3. Classification of hazardous machinery.
    4. Basics of interior design.
    5. Effect of tile manufacturing technologies on the quality of tiles.
    6. Spreading of moisture in building structures.
    7. Chemical composition of paints (paint bases).
    8. Colour theory.
    9. Matching of colour tones.
    10. Wallpaper designations.
    11. Techniques for cutting ornaments and drawings.
    12. Effect of temperature on the properties of materials.
    13. Efficiency of heat insulation of buildings. Cold bridges.
    14. Types of thermal insulation.
    15. Energy performance of buildings, density of buildings.
    16. Types of facade heat insulation systems, types of finishing.
    17. Contents of the technical project.
    18. Budget of finishing works.
    At the comprehension level:
    1. Technical designations in the design. Impact of static and dynamic loads on the structure.
    2. Design project of premises.
    3. Parts, structures, and structural elements of buildings.
    4. Physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of materials. Effect of external and internal factors on the surface to be treated.
    5. Material and human resources for finishing works.
    6. Composition of the technical project.
    7. Work development standardisation.
    8. Material compatibility. Marking of materials.
    9. Rules for the operation of hoisting devices.
    10. Effect of the microclimate on finishing works.
    11. Effect of dust on health.
    12. Base composition and characteristics. Types of base defects.
    13. Types of materials applicable in finishing works.
    14. Plaster strength classes.
    15. Types of plaster base (concrete, lime, gypsum) and its properties.
    16. Types of decorative plasters.
    17. Application of special plasters.
    18. Types of frameworks of partition walls. Types of insulation materials.
    19. Installation of engineering communications in walls.
    20. Fire resistance classes of dry plaster.
    21. Surface quality standards.
    22. Tile evaluation parameters and criteria.
    23. Waterproofing systems and materials.
    24. Classification of tiles.
    25. Classification of tile adhesives.
    26. Effect of climatic conditions on painting works.
    27. Types of paint thinners. Types of historic paints.
    28. Types and properties of wallpaper.
    29. Types and properties of wallpaper adhesives. Design project.
    30. Causes and types of defects.
    31. Base embedding technologies. Types of underlayments.
    32. Differences between the types of coverings. Techniques for cold and hot welding of joints.
    33. Covering protection methods. Need for application of protective coating.
    34. Types and technologies of thermo-hardening materials.
    35. Chemical properties and hazard of materials.
    36. Surface moisture and temperature measuring devices.
    37. Base embedding technologies. Types of underlayments.
    38. Types of floor structures.
    39. Types of facade heat insulation systems, types of finishing.
    40. Contents of the technical project.
    41. Basic principles of estimation.
    42. Quality criteria for finishing works.
    43. Requirements of construction standards.
    44. Types and causes of defects.
    45. Classification of waste.
    46. Procedures for waste management in Latvia.
    At the application level:
    1. Work execution project.
    2. Digital photography and processing of the obtained data.
    3. Material application technologies and systems.
    4. Measuring instruments.
    5. Base (surface) treatment and preparation methods.
    6. Diversity and application of measuring instruments.
    7. Basic principles of planning the schedule of works to be performed.
    8. Work development standards and estimates. Manual and electronic measuring instruments.
    9. Application of construction materials in residential and non-residential premises.
    10. Instructions for use of machinery, instruments, and materials.
    11. Rules for the storage of construction materials.
    12. Cargo hoisting, using different mechanisms.
    13. Instructions for use of instruments and devices.
    14. Basic principles of work organisation.
    15. Techniques for repairing base defects.
    16. Surface priming technologies.
    17. Plastering machinery and equipment.
    18. Plaster reinforcement techniques.
    19. Application of control joints and reinforcement.
    20. Weighing out and levelling of surfaces. Plaster hardening time and technological standards.
    21. Application of manual and electronic measuring instruments.
    22. Techniques for embedding control joints and corners.
    23. Properties of cement-based plaster.
    24. Properties of lime plaster.
    25. Properties of gypsum plaster.
    26. Application of special plasters.
    27. Instruments for decorative plastering.
    28. Composition and specificity of use of decorative plaster compound.
    29. Technologies for creating cornices and friezes.
    30. Construction of frameworks for dry plaster. Framework assembly technologies.
    31. Techniques for embedding insulation materials.
    32. Types and application of dry plaster. Techniques for adhering dry plaster boards.
    33. Construction of curved structures.
    34. Joint filling techniques.
    35. Instruments and auxiliary devices for the construction of frameworks.
    36. Electrical and manual tile cutting instruments.
    37. Tile cutting technologies and methods.
    38. Waterproofing selection and installation techniques.
    39. Creation of a surface slope.
    40. Creation of finishing profiles, internal and external corners. Techniques for adhering tiles. Suitability of materials for operational requirements: primers, waterproofing, adhesives, tiles.
    41. Layout and patterns of tiles.
    42. Adhesive application techniques and work tools.
    43. Joint creation technology.
    44. Tile adhesion technology. Recognition and tiling of tiling problem areas.
    45. Techniques for applying paint and decorative painting.
    46. Use of painting instruments.
    47. Use of stencils.
    48. Wallpaper adhesion techniques. Use of instruments for wallpaper adhesion.
    49. Wallpaper adhesion technologies.
    50. Methods of rectifying defects.
    51. Modelling of floor layout.
    52. Measuring and cutting instruments.
    53. Cutting and adhesion of covering.
    54. Techniques for applying protective coating.
    55. Types of preparation of floors to be renovated.
    56. Techniques and work tools for laying a thermo-hardening coating.
    57. Materials of floating floors and their embedding.
    58. Preparation of floor materials.
    59. Levelling instruments and devices.
    60. Sheet assembly technologies.
    61. Facade finishing materials and their embedding.
    62. Instruments, mechanisms, and machinery used for heat insulation and finishing of the facade.
    63. Materials of wall and covering heat insulation systems, their embedding.
    64. Instruments, mechanisms, and machinery used for heat insulation of walls and coverings.
    65. Conditions for the storage of construction materials.
    66. Requirements for the use of protective work equipment.
    67. Techniques for taking control measurements.
    68. Calculations of area and volume. Basic principles of work standardisation and calculation of material consumption.
    69. Quality control measurements for different types of works.
    70. Repair materials and their application.
    71. Quality criteria.
    72. Sorting of waste.
    GENERAL knowledge:
    At the concept level:
    1. Laws and regulations regarding information technologies.
    2. Work environment risk factors and assessment methods.
    3. Laws and regulations regarding labour protection.
    4. Categories of environmental pollution activities.
    5. Laws and regulations regarding environmental protection.
    6. Laws and regulations regarding electrical and fire safety.
    7. Legal provisions stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia in the context of law-governed and civil society. Rights, obligations, and liability of an individual.
    At the comprehension level:
    1. Vocabulary.
    2. Grammar and language functions.
    3. Types of verbal interaction.
    4. Language styles and characteristics of intonation.
    5. Diversity of language and communication in different contexts.
    6. Operating principles of computer and office equipment.
    7. Information systems security.
    8. Evacuation plan.
    9. Principles of ergonomics.
    10. Working conditions and human health as a precondition for life quality.
    11. Sources of environmental pollution in construction. Protective measures for reducing the effects on health caused by the level of ambient temperature, noise, vibrations, and dust in the work environment.
    12. Electrical and fire safety requirements at the object.
    13. Facilities susceptible to explosion and their operating rules. Basics of electrical safety.
    14. Employment legal relationship.
    15. Fundamental issues of labour rights.
    16. Techniques for planning resources. Organisational structure.
    17. Basic principles of economics and economic processes. Diversity of social relations.
    18. Psychology of interaction.
    19. Principles of promoting cooperation. Creation of a team.
    20. Settling of conflicts.
    21. Decision-making principles.
    22. Basics of ethics.
    23. Importance of employee motivation and development of talents in increasing the work quality.
    At the application level:
    1. Official language.
    2. Professional terminology in the official language.
    3. Foreign language.
    4. Professional terminology in foreign language.
    5. Intercultural interaction.
    6. Calculation.
    7. Units of measurement and shapes.
    8. Mathematical terminology.
    9. Mathematical methods and instruments.
    10. Application software in preparation of documents.
    11. Work with computer, smart devices, and office equipment.
    12. Occupational safety and labour protection requirements in construction sector and the company.
    13. Rules for the use of technological facilities and equipment. Safety signals and signs. Use of personal and collective protective work equipment.
    14. Assessment of risks of environmental hazard.
    15. Safe application of chemical agents.
    16. Sorting and collection of debris.
    17. Methods for visual assessment of electrical instruments.
    18. Action in an emergency. Provision of first aid.
    19. Composition of employment contract.
    20. Unifying values of society. Social and political structure of society.
    21. Techniques for planning work organisation.
    22. Techniques for generating ideas.
    23. Principles of positive interaction. Effective interaction and cooperation techniques.
    24. Business communication process.
    25. Time planning techniques.
    26. Significance of tolerance in professional activity.
    27. Learning strategies.
    28. Self-assessment principles.

  • Skills

    PROFESSIONAL skills:
    1. To read drawings, specifications.
    2. To get acquainted with the project of the object.
    3. To plan the sequence of finishing works to be performed.
    4. To evaluate the relation of the intended finishing works with other construction works.
    5. To identify the current condition of the object, infrastructure, and restrictions for the performance of works.
    6. To ascertain the current situation before commencing work.
    7. To determine the type and condition of base material, applying different measuring instruments.
    8. To check the plane levels of the work surface.
    9. To assess the quality of the surface to be treated.
    10. To develop a sequence of works to be performed.
    11. To plan the necessary quantity of resources.
    12. To measure the physical work amounts at the object.
    13. To calculate material consumption.
    14. To choose materials, instruments, and machinery necessary for work.
    15. To choose finishing materials according to the use of the premises.
    16. To accept the construction materials for finishing works at the object, organising their placement in accordance with the requirements for the storage of materials and the schedule of works to be performed.
    17. To organise the work of persons performing finishing works.
    18. To verify the compliance of construction materials with the intended use.
    19. To store construction materials in the designated place.
    20. To measure the level of humidity and temperature in the premises.
    21. To ensure appropriate microclimate to perform finishing works in good quality.
    22. To organise construction of falsework.
    23. To install simple hoisting devices.
    24. To limit the spread of construction dust and dirt.
    25. To perform daily inspection and maintenance of instruments and devices.
    26. To keep the workplace in order during the work.
    27. To correct base defects.
    28. To weigh out surfaces.
    29. To level surfaces in accordance with the technology of works to be performed.
    30. To prime surfaces.
    31. To lay different types of plaster on walls and the ceiling.
    32. To apply plaster manually and by means of machinery.
    33. To perform the final processing of plaster.
    34. To place the structures according to the project.
    35. To check the vertical and horizontal position of structures.
    36. To assemble framework structures in compliance with the technological requirements.
    37. To clad walls and the ceiling with dry plaster sheet materials, embedding the necessary insulation materials.
    38. To create waterproofing under the surfaces to be tiled, around pipes and traps.
    39. To plan the layout of tiles, taking into account the thermal expansion and deformation joints.
    40. To create a slope in accordance with the design solution.
    41. To prepare tiles in the necessary size and angle.
    42. To tile walls, floors, problem areas, and complex units.
    43. To fill joints.
    44. To prepare the paint for work in accordance with the type of paint.
    45. To paint horizontal and vertical indoor surfaces.
    46. To paint surfaces of different materials.
    47. To paint facades.
    48. To create decorative painting.
    49. To use historic paints.
    50. To select adhesion technology in accordance with the type of wallpaper.
    51. To prepare the adhesive and wallpaper for adhesion work.
    52. To plan the arrangement of wallpaper in accordance with the wallpaper pattern matching.
    53. To adhere wallpaper onto walls and the ceiling.
    54. To avert defects after adhering of wallpaper.
    55. To cut floor covering materials.
    56. To adhere floor covering.
    57. To create joints, seams, and skirting board.
    58. To prepare the floor for laying the thermo-hardening coating.
    59. To prepare materials for work.
    60. To lay thermo-hardening material.
    61. To apply laying instruments intended for the type of thermo-hardening materials.
    62. To lay floors, using self-levelling compounds.
    63. To lay the underlayment.
    64. To prepare floor covering materials for floating floors.
    65. To lay the floor covering.
    66. To determine the floor level.
    67. To lay insulation materials.
    68. To assemble floor plates, taking into account the technology and layout of plates.
    69. To prepare the building facade for heat insulation and finishing.
    70. To use facade heat insulation methods, systems.
    71. To perform heat insulation of the foundations and plinths.
    72. To perform building facade finishing works after heat insulation.
    73. To record the material consumption.
    74. To check whether the construction materials are applied correctly and the finishing work technologies are complied with.
    75. To save the unused materials in compliance with the requirements.
    76. To accurately measure the amounts of the performed works.
    77. To calculate the actual amounts of finishing works.
    78. To account the quantity of consumed materials.
    79. To take simple technical measurements.
    80. To perform sensory evaluation of the performed finishing works.
    81. To identify non-conformities with the established requirements.
    82. To repair finishing work defects.
    83. To sort construction waste in compliance with the procedures specified at the construction object.
    84. To organise the removal of construction waste from the object in compliance with the procedures provided for in laws and regulations.
    GENERAL skills:
    1. To communicate in the official language both orally and in writing.
    2. To use professional terminology in the official language.
    3. To communicate in two foreign languages both orally and in writing.
    4. To use professional terminology in two foreign languages.
    5. To apply mathematical calculations to calculate the amounts of construction works.
    6. To calculate the labour intensity of work technologies and time-limits for the execution of work.
    7. To model the progress of resolving the planned task.
    8. To apply the basic mathematical principles and techniques.
    9. To communicate by using information technologies (including smart devices).
    10. To prepare documents in compliance with a sample by using application software.
    11. To independently find information related to construction in internet resources and data carriers.
    12. To assess the reliability of information critically.
    13. To use security programs.
    14. To act in accordance with the instructions of labour protection.
    15. To act in accordance with the instructions of occupational safety.
    16. To apply safe work practices while lifting, carrying, and moving a cargo.
    17. To recognise safety signals and signs.
    18. To use personal and collective protective work equipment.
    19. To work in an environmentally considerate manner.
    20. To identify the potential risks of environmental hazard.
    21. To avert the possible causes of the risks of environmental hazard.
    22. To act in accordance with electrical safety regulations at the object.
    23. To act in accordance with fire safety regulations at the object.
    24. To visually assess the suitability of electrical instruments for safe performance of work.
    25. To act in an emergency.
    26. To provide first aid in accidents.
    27. To act in compliance with the legal framework of employment legal relationship.
    28. To act in compliance with the internal procedure regulations of the company.
    29. To be aware of own responsibility in the context of civil society.
    30. To perform work dutifully, according to the job description.
    31. To comply with instructions and due dates specified by the management.
    32. To plan the use of resources rationally.
    33. To define priorities by providing arguments, while planning own activity.
    34. To become personally involved in the generation of new ideas, taking the initiative.
    35. To cooperate effectively in different environments.
    36. To plan own time and the time of the team.
    37. To analyse own actions and work outcomes.
    38. To identify and avert the causes of stress.
    39. To take decisions on the solution to a problem in a specific situation.
    40. To be aware of own responsibility while completing a joint task.
    41. To evaluate the role and responsibility of the involved employees in the work process.
    42. To comply with the principles of professional and general ethics.
    43. To evaluate own positive work experience and that of the colleagues.
    44. To evaluate the options for the development of own professional activity.
    45. To critically evaluate and use the obtained information in the professional activity.
    46. To apply different learning strategies.

  • Competences/ autonomy

    PROFESSIONAL competences:
    1. Ability to plan the sequence of works to be performed in accordance with the work task.
    2. Ability to assess the readiness and aptitude of the object for the commencement of finishing works.
    3. Ability to assess the readiness of the surfaces to be treated for the performance of finishing works.
    4. Ability to calculate the quantity of the necessary construction materials for finishing works and the amount of works.
    5. Ability to choose materials, machinery, and instruments to perform finishing works.
    6. Ability to supervise the performance of finishing works at the object, accept construction materials, and organise their storage in compliance with the requirements for the storage of materials.
    7. Ability to ensure the necessary working conditions, microclimate, and auxiliary devices.
    8. Ability to organise the workplace before and after performing the work.
    9. Ability to prepare the surfaces to be treated for finishing works to be performed.
    10. Ability to plaster wall and ceiling surfaces, laying different types of plaster in good quality by means of manual and mechanised techniques.
    11. Ability to create dry plaster systems.
    12. Ability to tile walls and the ceiling, using appropriate materials, technologies, and instruments.
    13. Ability to paint different surfaces and planes in compliance with technological requirements.
    14. Ability to adhere wallpaper of different materials on walls and the ceiling, applying appropriate techniques and methods.
    15. Ability to lay different types of floor covering materials.
    16. Ability to lay thermo-hardening coating, using the appropriate instruments and measuring devices.
    17. Ability to lay the floating floor in accordance with the floor laying technology.
    18. Ability to assemble dry construction floor systems.
    19. Ability to perform heat insulation of building facades, using facade heat insulation systems.
    20. Ability to control the course of finishing works and determine the amount of the performed works.
    21. Ability to accurately measure and calculate the actual amounts of the performed work and material consumption.
    22. Ability to check the compliance of quality indicators with the requirements.
    23. Ability to identify and correct defects occurred during the work process.
    24. Ability to organise temporary accumulation of the sorted construction waste at the object and its removal from the object in compliance with the procedures specified in laws and regulations.
    GENERAL competences:
    1. Ability to communicate in the official language both orally and in writing.
    2. Ability to communicate and use professional terminology in two foreign languages.
    3. Ability to apply mathematical thinking while modelling work situations and planning the performance of a work task.
    4. Ability to confidently and safely choose and use information and communication technologies to complete a work task.
    5. Ability to complete work tasks in compliance with the labour protection, electrical and fire safety, and environmental protection requirements.
    6. Ability to organise and perform works in compliance with electrical and fire safety requirements.
    7. Ability to provide first aid and independently act in an emergency.
    8. Ability to respect and establish employment legal relationship.
    9. Ability to complete professional tasks in accordance with the work organisation principles of the company.
    10. Ability to establish and critically analyse interaction with other people.
    11. Ability to follow the standards of professional and general ethics while organising work at the object.
    12. Ability to plan and take decisions while making own professional career.

Qualification acquisition requirements

Previous education
Certificate of general basic education
Ways to acquire 
Qualifications can be acquired in the framework of education programs or in the evaluation and recognition of non-formal knowledge, skills and competences acquired (in vocational education LKI Levels 2-4).
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Formal (through education programmes)
ECTS credit points 
The unit of the volume of Latvian higher education studies - 1 credit point corresponds to one week of study work in full-time studies (40 credit points per study year).

1 The credit point of Latvia corresponds to 1,5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credit point.
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Duration of study 
Duration of qualification in full-time studies
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4 years

Qualification document

Awarding body

College:

- Jekabpils College of Agrobusiness

- Riga Building College

Vocational basic and secondary education institution

- Vocational Education Competence Centre "Riga State Technical School"

- Daugavpils Technical School of Construction

- Vocational Education Competence Centre "Liepaja State Technical School"

- Riga Technical School of Art and Media

- Rezekne Technical School

- Vidzeme Technology and Design Technical School

- Jelgava Technical School

Liquidated/Reorganised/Changed title and\or type:

- Barkava Vocational Secondary School

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Qualifications Framework level

EQF level

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).


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LQF level

Latvian Qualifications Framework (LQF) has 8 levels (1 – the lowest, 8 – the highest).

Levels reflect the complexity level of acquired knowledge, skills and competences (learning outcomes).

LQF covers stages of education starting from the basic education (level 1 – special basic education) to the highest education (level 8 – doctoral studies).


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Level of professional qualification

Latvia has a system of five professional qualifications levels (PQL, 1 – the lowest, 5 – the highest).

PQL system covers only professional qualifications (basic education, secondary and higher education stages).

PQL reflects readiness of a person to perform work of certain stage of complexity and responsibility.


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Qualification field, stage and type

Thematic field (ISCED 2013)
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) developed by UNESCO.
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Architecture and construction (073)

Detailed field: (ISCED 2013)

Building and civil engineering (0732)

Education
Stages of Latvian education system included in the LQF:
- basic education
- secondary education
- higher education
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Secondary education

Qualification type
ITypes of Latvian education:
-General education
-Professional education
-Academic education
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Vocational

Full or partial

Full qualification

Other information

National Education Information System

National Database of Education Opportunities

Active qualification

Last changes: 02.09.2021

Posted: 07.05.2016