In adult education, you can obtain a recognised diploma or certificate by taking (evening) classes. An extensive and very varied range of adult education is available.
Dutch-speaking adult education in Brussels
The onderwijs.vlaanderen.be website provides details of all Dutch-language courses for adults per region and subject.
The Huis van het Nederlands Brussel website contains all the information you need about learning Dutch in adult education in Brussels.
The websites of the schools for adult education
Ligo Brusselleer, Centre for elementary education Brussels
Structure of adult education
You can follow adult education in the Centres for Adult Education (CVO - Centra voor Volwassenenonderwijs) and the Centres for Elementary Education (CBE - Centra Basiseducatie). There are three levels in adult education: ‘elementary education’, ‘secondary adult education’ and ‘higher vocational education’.
- Elementary education provides basic training for adults with a low literacy level (from the age of 18). Elementary training helps them to function in society or following further courses. The centres for elementary education have a wide and varied range including reading, writing, arithmetic, social orientation, ICT, Dutch as mother tongue (reading and writing), Dutch for those with a different mother tongue, stepping stone to English, stepping stone to French, etc. The courses are organised in modules. You receive a certificate for each module. Once you have completed all the modules, you receive a certificate for the course.
- Secondary adult education provides courses at the level of full-time secondary education (from the second stage). In secondary adult education, adults from the age of 18 can obtain a fully-fledged diploma of secondary education. In Brussels, CVO Brussel and CVO Lethas offer secondary adult education.
- Higher vocational education (HBO) provides vocational courses at higher education level, but with a ‘graduate’ diploma (just below the professional bachelor's degree). The HBO courses are practice-oriented and prepare students to exercise a profession. HBO courses are usually given in adult education. The nursing course, for instance, (fourth stage secondary education) is higher vocational training.
Choosing a study programme
The Schakels naar Werk (Links to Work) website contains the full Dutch-language range of vocational training courses (TKO, HBO, etc.), inclusion and work-experience projects and guidance on finding work in the Brussels region.
The website onderwijs.vlaanderen.be/cursisten helps you find a suitable course or training scheme. Here you will find a lot of information about training and courses in the Brussels region.