Secondary vocational education

Latvia offers two sorts of vocational education at secondary level:
Vocational programs, lasting two or three years and providing theoretical and practical knowledge required for becoming a skilled worker. On completing such a vocational education program, the pupil has not, however, obtained a full secondary education. For this, further schooling is required.

Secondary vocational programs, lasting at least four years. These provide much wider theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the particular profession. The pupil is prepared not only to implement the tasks of skilled workers, but also to plan and organize work. This is a full secondary education program, so the school-leaver is entitled to enter a higher education institution.