Accreditation is regulated by the University of Applied Sciences decree (1129/2014). Accreditation is the main term used to describe the approval of competence acquired through studies, practical training, leisure pursuits and e.g. civic activities by students as part of their degree or course (compulsory or optional studies). Such competence could have been acquired either before or during university of applied sciences studies. The different forms of accreditation are:

1) Accreditation from student exchange 

  • Accreditation from student exchange means transferring the credits completed in a partner university as part of the studies at KAMK

2) Substitution, inclusion

  • Substitution means studies of an equivalent content and level, achieved elsewhere that the student can substitute for (mainly compulsory) studies belonging to the syllabus of the degree programme.
  • Inclusion means the inclusion and accreditation of studies accomplished elsewhere in the degree programme (e.g. into the student’s optional or free-choice studies).

3) Recognition of previously acquired competence

  • AHOT (Recognition of Previously Acquired Competence) means the identification and acknowledgement of previously acquired knowledge. Students must be able to identify and indicate how competence acquired through non-conventional or other means corresponds to the aims of course and the course content using an agreed procedure.
Equivalent studies (same level) correspond to levels 6 – 7 (tertiary/higher education level) of the National Qualifications Framework, NQF).


Accreditation Requirements
  • competence must be proved (e.g. certificate, assignment, sample/demonstration of competence)
  • accredited studies must advance the students’ degree studies
  • competence objectives must be fulfilled
  • students must acquire the skills and knowledge as required in the degree programme
  • if the course or the otherwise acquired competence has already be accredited once as part of the degree, it is not possible to have it accredited again.

Accreditation is always carried out on a case by case basis. The Head of School is entitled to make decisions concerning accreditation. Where international studies are concerned the international coordinator verifies the accreditation proposal and compares it with the transcript of academic records from the foreign university.

What to do:

  • the student must negotiate for the accreditation of previous studies and otherwise acquired competence with a teacher possessing expertise in the field/topic/area concerned, the tutoring teacher or the Study Counsellor to check whther the course/competence in question can be applied to his/her personal study plan (HOPS)
  • the accreditation of studies, practical training accomplished elsewhere or otherwise acquired competence must be agreed in advance with the teacher-expert or the Head of School
  • the Learning Agreement for the exchange period is always compiled with the International Coordinator, before departure. The accreditation is done after the exchange, based on the courses accepted in the Learning Agreement.
Apply for accreditation with a form that can be found from Intranet > Forms for Students. Please make sure that you choose the right form for the right purpose.



Substitution, Inclusion

  • The grade for courses accomplished elsewhere and accredited courses will be recorded with the grade that was given in the original certificate, together with the original place and date of accomplishment.
  • If the course has been accomplished at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences in another School/Field, the grade the student received for the course is recorded (1-5 or Pass/Fail).
  • In the partial accreditation of studies accomplished elsewhere: The teacher will provide an extra assignment covering a limited area that will supplement the course competences; the whole course will be assessed on a pass/fail basis or with a grade.
  • Practical training: The student has completed a part of his/her practical training through another university of applied sciences and partially at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences; the assessment can be done in two parts: a numerical grade or pass/fail for the part accomplished through Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, and the other part achieved elsewhere will be awarded the grade.
  • Language studies for a different professional field, of the same level and worth the same amount of credits accomplished in a different UAS or university require supplementary professional language studies in the required field of studies.

AHOT (Recognition of Previously Acquired Competence)

  •  Credits or accomplishments approved based on reports are recorded in the academic register using the given grade or on a pass/fail basis.
  • Accreditation will require a supplementary accomplishment: the whole course will be assessed using the assessment/evaluation criteria pass/fail or a grade.

It is not possible to upgrade accredited courses. The Study Office will mark the grades in the student’s Transcript of Records. The student will be informed of the desicion by email.


Transfer students

The studies completed in another university of applied sciences can be accredited as part of the degree structure at KAMK. Please discuss about the course accreditation with the tutoring teacher or the study councelor. When applying for the accreditation, you need to submit a copy of the transcript of the Records from the previous studies and possibly also course descriptions. The application is made with an online application that can be found from intranet (Studying > Forms for Students).


Studies in an Open University of Applied Sciences

Studies accomplished in a university of applied sciences need to be accredited according to the accreditation procedure (substitution, inclusion). The grade will be transferred as such.


Free-choice Studies at KAMK

It is not necessary to apply for accreditation for free-choice studies completed at KAMK, but the courses should be suitable for the degree structure.