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Guidance and counselling in a lifelong learning approach


12.Educational support and guidance

12.8Guidance and counselling in a lifelong learning approach

Last update: 25 March 2024


Academic guidance

Educational guidance and counselling for adults is carried out primarily by the education institutions, which provide above all information related to their offer, possibly to the offer of courses of further education in a given region. Adults can, if they are interested in higher education study, use educational guidance and counselling services of acdemic guidance service centres, or they can address the pedagogical and psychological counselling centres, most often established by the regions. Higher education institutions offer to adults different courses in the scheme of lifelong leaning (according to Higher Education Act), upper secondary schools and tertiary professional schools in the form of further education (according to Education Act). Some upper secondary and tertiary professional schools implement retraining courses or supporting educational programs to obtain professional qualifications according to the National Qualifications System, as well as other educational courses (e.g. computer work, communication, languages, labour law).


Psychological counselling

Psychological counselling for the adult population is provided by state or private health care facilities and private counselling agencies or consultants. Guidance and counselling in the health sector is funded from the health insurance resources.


Career guidance

The career guidance for adults is provided by different institutions such as the Labour Office of the Czech Republic, labour agencies, educational institutions, professional and interest associations or organisations for health and socially disadvantaged persons.

The National Pedagogical Institute administers the portal It is intended for people who have acquired knowledge and skills in a field they have not studied and would like to obtain a certificate for specific work activities in their professional careers. Individual professional qualifications and the procedure for their verification and recognition are described in detail on the above website.