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Tertiary vocational education

In 2002 it was decided that all education at an intermediary level between upper secondary and higher education colleges, with course duration of ½ to 2 years, should be grouped together under the concept of tertiary vocational education.

Until that time, the “technical college” had been in existence since 1968, offering education to people with relevant practical experience and, if relevant, a craft certificate. This type of education has undergone several reforms in the intervening period and for some time a course here could also lead to higher education entry qualifications.

Following the new Tertiary Vocational Education Act, a range of courses now go under the name of tertiary vocational education (“fagskole”), one of them being a 2-year technical college programme. Of other subjects available, health care is the field of greatest interest to RKK, but the statute covers a wide range of subjects, including photography, bible school etc.

In Rogaland there are 2 educational institutions at tertiary vocational level: “Fagskolen Rogaland”, a county-based institution financed through various public grants, and “RKK fagskolen”, originating from RKK’s adult education programme in health and care subjects through Rygjabø studiesenter. There are now 5 approved courses in health and care, and a technical college course in scaffolding has recently been recognised.

Through Fagskolen Rogaland, RKK also runs its technical college programmes, which are based on flexible teaching methods: netbased, videoconferencing, evening classes etc. The two institutions work closely together and offer complementary programmes. This gives Rogaland a very wide range of courses at tertiary vocational level, particularly in health and care and technical college subjects.