The University of Gävle, like other higher education institutions and universities in Sweden, has the Swedish state as accountable authority, and one of its assignments is to offer education to companies and other organisations. The course is given on behalf of the customer purchasing it. This type of education is called contract education.
Contract education is regulated by Ordinance (2002:760) for contract education at the universities and higher education institutions and in Regulations of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education concerning contract education at universities and higher education institutions (HSVFS 2003:3).
Individuals may not buy places at a contracted course. Companies and other organisations, on the other hand, have a right to do so. Contracting parties in the business agreement are the company signatory of the organisation procuring the course and depending on the extent of the contract either the Dean of the faculty giving the course or the Vice-Chancellor.
The company or organisation procuring the course decides who may participate. It is normally an employer that purchases some form of continuing professional development for their employees, but the case may also be that for instance the Public Employment Service procures admissions for those in search of work.
To participate in contract education, prior knowledge equivalent to the general entry requirements for higher education is required. Professional experience often implies that this knowledge as well as qualifications within the vocational branch have been acquired even if there are no formal certificates. This in turn implies that no grades or other formal certificates of prior knowledge have to be demonstrated. Instead it is the employer that decides if the individual's prior knowledge is sufficient. This applies for both credit awarding courses and courses that only award course certificates.
Yes, certain courses award academic credits after approved examination. At the examination, the requirements are the same as for the academic first-cycle programmes. Furthermore, the course certificate awarded after completion of the course and approved examination grants the same academic status as examination in the first-cycle programmes. This means that there is no difference between credits awarded in contract education and in first-cycle programmes.