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Qualification of guidance counsellor

  • Professional qualification
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Occupation description: Guidance counselling in basic education, or in general upper secondary school or in vocational education.

A key task of guidance counselling is to support students’ growth and development in a way that advances their study abilities social maturity and develops the knowledge and skills that are required for life planning.

The role of guidance counselling is to support students during their studies and to ensure that the students have the knowledge and skills they need when transitioning to further studies or professional life.

Do the following

When applying for a decision from the Finnish National Agency for Education

1. Fill in the electronic application from according to the instructions.

2. Attach the required documents.

3. Send the application to Finnish National Agency for Education.

Required documents

When submitting your application, enclose copies of the following documents:

  • Degree/qualification certificate
  • transcript of studies
  • Proof of nationality, e.g. an extract from the Population Information System in Finland or copy of the ID page of your passport
  • Document verifying name change (if applicable).

If you are an EU/EEA national and you apply for recognition of professional qualifications obtained in an EU/EEA member state, enclose also:

  • A certificate issued as evidence of professional qualifications, if such a document is issued in the country where you have obtained your professional qualifications (e.g. document on teacher registration)
  • If applicable, certificates of professional experience and certificates of life-long learning.

Required translations

Provide a translation of each document into Finnish, Swedish or English if the original document is in a language other than Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Icelandic, French, German, Norwegian or Spanish. The translator must be an authorised translator in Finland or an official translator in the source country, working in the language pair in question. Translations done by the body that has issued the original document are also accepted.

To whom and on what terms

If you have a professional qualification in guidance counselling from abroad and want to qualify to work as a guidance counsellor in Finland, apply for a decision on eligibility from the Finnish National Agency for Education.

The decision-making process can be influenced by whether you have completed a degree in an EU or EEA country, or whether you are a national of an EU or EEA country or another country. The Finnish National Agency for Education will decide if your past education makes you eligible. There are also language requirements to work as a guidance counsellor.

You can contact the Finnish National Agency for Education for more information on decision-making criteria.

A fee is charged for the service.

The range of fees collected for a decision is €420 - €664. The fee is €420 when the decision concerns eligibility for one post or position. The fee is increased by €122 for any additional eligibility; however, the maximum surcharge is €244.


Processing time

The Finnish National Board of Education is obliged to make the decisions on the recognition of professional qualifications within four months of receipt of all documents. For other decisions, the law does not specify a maximum processing time. The processing of an application takes on average 2-3 months counting from the date on which all the necessary documents were provided.

Background information

Finnish National Agency for Education decides on the eligibility that a foreign qualification gives for positions in the early childhood education and care, teaching, fire and rescue services, and positions for which a Master of Laws degree completed in Finland is required.

Basic information

The service is provided byFinnish National Agency for Education
Responsible for the serviceFinnish National Agency for Education
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Finnish National Agency for Education
Updated: 8/28/2020