Comparative table of qualification levels and types of education

NQFS LEVEL COMPARATIVE TABLE OF QUALIFICATION LEVELS AND TYPES OF EDUCATION
CURRENT PREVIOUS
1.
  • Elementary education
  • Elementary education of adults
  • Elementary music/ballet education
  • Non-qualified (NQ) worker
  • First degree of professional qualifications (1. PQ*)
2.
  • Vocational training (1 year)
  • Training for work (2 years)
  • Training (120–360 hours of training)
  • Semi-qualified (SQ) worker
  • Second degree of professional qualifications (2. PQ)
3.
  • Vocational secondary education, three years’ duration
  • Non-formal education of adults (minimal 960 hours of training)
  • Qualified worker (QUW)
  • Third degree of professional qualifications (3. PQ)
4.
  • Secondary education, four-year duration (vocational, artistic, secondary school)
  • Fourth degree of professional qualifications (4. PQ)
5.
  • Master craftsman and specialized education
  • Highly qualified worker (HQ)
  • Fifth degree of professional qualifications (5. PQ)
6 6.1
  • Undergraduate studies (BUS, 180 ЕСTS)
  • Basic applied studies (BAS, 180 ЕСTS)
  • College degree education, duration of two to three years (6.1 SPQ)
  • First university degree (till 2005, 6.1 SPQ)
6.2
  • Undergraduate studies (BUS, 240 ЕСTS)
  • Specialist applied studies of I degree (SAS, 180+60 ECTS, acquired in accordance with the Law on Higher Education which entered into force on the 7th of October, 2017).
  • College degree education with a specialisation, having duration of 1 year (6.2 PQ)
7 7.1
  • Integrated academic studies (IAS, max. 360 ЕСTS)
  • Master academic studies (МАS,180+120 or 240+60 ЕСTS)
  • Master applied studies (МAS, 120 ЕСTS)
  • Basic (undergraduate) studies, duration 4 – 6 years (till 2005, 7.1 PQ)
  • Specialist applied studies of II degree (SAS, 180+60 ECTS) acquired in accordance with the Law on Higher Education which ceased to be valid on the 7th of October, 2017.
7.2
  • Specialist academic studies (SAS, 60 ЕСTS)
  • Specialist studies, duration of one to two years (till 2005, 7.2 PQ)
  • Post-graduate studies, two years’ duration (till 2005, 7.2 PQ)
8.
  • Doctoral studies (DS, 180 ЕСTS)
  • Ph.D. in sciences (till 2005, 8 PQ)

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