Diploma programs


OEP offers Finnish competency-based diploma programs that recognize and develop a wide range of talent. The programs focus strongly on work-based learning and applying knowledge and professional skills in practice. The programs are based on Finnish vocational and professional qualifications. Competence is assessed according to the standards developed by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

The programs are recognized at the European qualification framework levels 4 and 5 in the EU and most OECD countries.

Diploma programs offer more than academic skills

All programs include 21st century skills. Soft skills, such as problem solving, team working, communication skills, digital literacy as well as entrepreneurial thinking equip the learners with the competence they need for both work and future studies.

Why Finnish diploma programs?

  • Best completion rate in OECD
  • Competency-based diploma programs with prior learning recognized
  • Designed for both individual’s and organization’s needs
  • Flexibility through modular curricula
  • Life-long learning skills enhance career and employability

Customized programs

The diploma programs follow the Finnish curriculum, but allow for localization as well as tailoring content to a specific sector.

Flexible implementation

The Further and Specialist Qualification programs (equivalent to Diploma and Higher Diploma) are typically completed through part-time study during 10–12 months. The programs are taught in a blended learning format combining workshops, online and work-based learning.

100+ diploma programs available globally

OEP offers altogether more than 100 programs.

OEP's top diploma programs

Specialist Qualification in Management

Core management and leadership skills for personal and company level success.

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Further Qualification in First-Level Management

Best practices and tools for supervising and team leading. Networking with other professionals and learning with the top trainers.

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Further Qualification for Entrepreneurs

Skills and tools for setting up a company and running it successfully. Separate tracks for new entrepreneurs and more experienced entrepreneurs.

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Customer cases

Onboarding program for future leaders

OEP implemented a competency-based leadership and management training as an onboarding program in Saudi Arabia in 2017–2018. The goal of […]

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Entrepreneurship diploma program in Uganda

OEP organised an entrepreneurship program for twenty participants in a refugee settlement in Uganda. The goal of this entrepreneurship diploma […]

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Entrepreneurship Growth Track Program in Saudi Arabia

In May 2018, OEP launched an Entrepreneurship Growth Track Program for Tawuniya for local SMEs in Saudi Arabia. The growth […]

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