Training leading to a profession

Vocational training provides basic knowledge and skills for different professions. You can complete either a full vocational degree or parts of a degree. After completing the vocational degree, you can also apply to the university. In the Forssa region, you can study at the Forssa Vocational Institute, Eerikkilä Sports College and Ypäjä Horse College.


An immigrant who wants to apply for vocational training but needs even more skills in a vocational school, can participate in the preparatory training. Valma training is organized by the Forssa Vocational Institute.

Valma provides training in study skills, the Finnish language and culture, as well as everyday skills, and prepares for working life.

You can study at Valma if:

• you want to study for a professional undergraduate degree

• studying is challenging for you

• It has been a long time since previous studies

• basic vocational training has not been completed

• you have sufficient Finnish language skills 

For more information on Valma studies, visit the website of the Forssa Vocational Institute

Forssa Vocational Institute (FAI)

Forssa Vocational Institute is a vocational school located in Forssa. About 1,500 students study there every year. At Forssa Vocational Institute, you can study a profession in areas such as catering, beauty care or education. Other sectors include logistics, machinery and metals, construction, business and information and communication technology. At the Forssa Vocational Institute, you can complete the profession with an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship means on-the-job training. At the Forssa Vocational Institute, you can also obtain permit cards such as a first aid card, a forklift card and a hygiene passport. 

More information is available on the website of the Forssa Vocational Institute

Häme University of Applied Sciences HAMK

HAMK is the only university in Kanta-Häme region and the 8th largest university of applied sciences in Finland. HAMK has about 7,800 students and about 670 staff. At Häme University of Applied Sciences you can study 27 different curricula leading to a Bachelor's degree. HAMK also includes a Teachers’ training college. HAMK has seven different branches, one of which is located in Forssa.

Forssa campus

The Forssa campus has about 550 students and 30 employees. At the Forssa campus, you can study to become a nurse, an environmental planner, an equine professional and a bio-economy engineer. In Forssa, Hamk’s important partners include the Natural Resources Institute of Finland Luke and the Forssa Municipalities’ Welfare Association. The studies include a lot of internships and project work. In Forssa, you can also study for an English-language degree in bioeconomy engineering.

 For more information, visit Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu's website.

Ypäjä Horse College

Ypäjä Horse College is an equestrian school located in Ypäjä. The college organizes basic, continuing and in-service vocational training in the equine sector. At the college you can train as a horse caretaker, riding instructor and riding teacher. The equestrian college also has short courses, camps, horse training, as well as riding competitions and other events. Ypäjä Equine College is the largest educational institution in the Nordic countries. There are about 250 students there every year and the stables can accommodate 400 horses.

More information on the website of Ypäjä Equestrian College

Eerikkilä Sports College

At Eerikkilä Sports College in Tammela, you can study sports and nature. When studying in the field of sports, you can complete a professional degree in coaching or a special professional degree. When studying in the field of nature, you can complete a professional degree as a wilderness guide or nature guide.

More information on the Eerikkilä Sports College website