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Short-cycle higher school lecturer

A short-cycle higher school lecturer is an individual who teaches one or more subjects in short-cycle higher education programmes.

The lecturer must have: an active knowledge of the Slovenian written language, an appropriate education and have passed the professional exam in education, appropriate work experience, no criminal record and have a title of lecturer.


  • Persons who work in education and training must pass a professional examination, which is performed orally and encompasses three parts that are taken in the following order:

    At the oral exam, the candidate must prove detailed knowledge of the contents that apply to the area where educational work is implemented, and general knowledge of other contents.

    An individual part of the oral examination takes maximum 15 minutes.

    The candidate who wants to take the professional examination must apply with a form. The application is submitted directly at the ministry and sent by post.

    Professional exam is taken in front of an exam commission with at least three members. The grade for each individual part of the oral exam and entire oral exam is passed or failed. The candidate passes the exam if all parts of the oral exam are passed. A certificate is issued after a passed professional exam.

    When the exam is taken the first time, it is free of charge, any resit of the exam costs EUR 54.90 including VAT. Professional exams are implemented from 15 September to 15 July.


  • The lecturer title is awarded by the assembly of lecturers of the appropriate school. The accreditation commission must agree with the appointment.

    It establishes the fulfilment of the prescribed conditions of the candidate in the appointment procedure and issues a decision. Lecturers are appointed for a five-year period and can be reappointed. The procedure for the first appointment of a lecturer is implemented on the basis of a public tender published by the schools at least once in five years.

    The pedagogic and professional achievements proven by the candidate are determined with the first appointment criteria:

    •  appropriate work experience in education, preparation of study programmes, writing textbooks, reviewing textbooks, mentoring pupils, trainees or students, organising educational activity for companies, expert or research work in education and training;
    • work experience in the appropriate expert field, post-graduate education, published expert papers, patents or managing or collaborating in demanding projects or with appropriate qualifications proven with publicly valid documents.


  • Applicants must have at least three years' suitable work experience and notable achievements in their field.

    Legal basis

  • Applicants have never been:

    • convicted res judicata of a premeditated criminal offence which is prosecuted ex officio, to an unconditional sentence of imprisonment for more than 6 months;
    • convicted res judicata of a sexual offence.

Recognition of qualifications acquired abroad

There are following systems for the recognition of professional qualifications acquired in the EU:

Cross-border provisions of profession

Performance of the profession in Slovenia is possible on cross-border/temporary basis. Prior to commencing the service, you must submit a written application to the competent authority.
Last modified:
8. 9. 2021