Advanced vocational training: preregistration and enrolment

What do you need to know?

It is the application to register individuals who wish to access advanced training courses at a publicly funded school. Students wishing to register must be able to prove that they have certain qualifications or be at least 19 years of age and pass an entrance exam.

Professional training prepares students to practise various professions and provides the training needed to acquire the specific professional skills and knowledge for each sector. By passing the advanced training course you gain a technical qualification. With this qualification you can access:

  • Any official university degree course.
  • The job market.

These levels of education can be studied in three different types of schools which make up the Spanish school system: state, private and chartered (private schools paid for with public funds):

  • Enrolment is free of charge for state schools, which are wholly financed by the Government.
  • Private schools are financed privately.
  • Finally, chartered schools are private schools which receive funding from the Government. Enrolment is also free of charge for chartered schools, although there may be fees and voluntary costs for extracurricular activities.


Only one application for preregistration may be submitted per person, but you can request admission to several schools, courses and sittings, which must always be in order of preference.

Please remember that if a school has more applications than places available, priority criteria are used to accept applications. There is a points system associated with the criteria which is used to make a draw to decide who is awarded the places.

In the event that you are not able to gain a place at any of the schools requested, please remember that there are a large number of private schools where you can enrol.

It is an essential process if you want access to specific professional training in a publicly funded school.

  • The courses are free of charge at schools coming under the Ministry of Education. For other schools, check the fee with the relevant school.
  • Submission of more than one application per course type invalidates any priority rights which may apply. 

Who does it apply to?

It is aimed at individuals who wish to study an advanced training course and who fulfil the following conditions:

  • Having the baccalaureate qualification, or an equivalent for academic purposes, or a higher qualification.
  • Passing the relevant entrance exam and being at least 19 years of age (or having their 19th birthday during the registration year).
  • Proving that they hold a technical qualification relating to the studies they wish to access and being at least 18 years of age (or having their 18th birthday during the registration year).
  • Proving they have passed the university entrance exam for individuals over the age of 25.

What requirements must be met?

The student wishing to register must be able to prove one of the following qualifications or studies:

  • The baccalaureate qualification.
  • Qualification as a specialist technician, senior technician, or equivalent.
  • Have passed the second year of any experimental baccalaureate course.
  • Have passed the university orientation course or foundation course.
  • Any university qualification, or equivalent, or having passed the university entrance exam for individuals over the age of 25.
  • Technical qualification from professional training.


Individuals not fulfilling any of the above requirements will have to pass an entrance exam. In order to apply, you must be 19 years of age, or have your 19th birthday during the calendar year in which the exam is taken.

What do you need to do?

COVID-19 ALERT: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, this formality can only be processed online on the Government of Catalonia Ministry of Education website and following the instructions provided for submitting the preregistration application.


Before completing your application, you are recommended to consult the selected centre's website, for information about preregistration, the chosen subjects and how to carry out preregistration.

What steps must you follow?


STEP 1: Fill in the application form and gather the documentation
  • The application is submitted to the Generalitat's e-registry by means of an online form. 
  • In order to use the online form, you must identify yourself with a digital certificate. The procedure for submitting the online application ends with sending the form and no copy has to be submitted to the centre. 
  • The information and the application form are only available in Catalan and Spanish.
  • It is important that, in the application itself, you indicate, in order of preference, requests for admission to several schools so that there are more options in the event that your first choice is not given to you.
  • Before continuing, check and prepare the documents that are required for completing preregistration. 


STEP 2: Submit the original application form and the documentation

The application form and the documents may be submitted in one of two ways: 

  • Online registration: the procedure ends with submitting the form and, therefore, it is not necessary to submit any copies to the centre or any supporting documentation for the applicant or the student that may be validated by electronic data exchange between administrations. 

It is only necessary to submit supporting documentation for the priority criteria in cases where it cannot be validated through the electronic exchange of data by administrations. It must be submitted, by email and within the established deadline, to the official email address of the first-choice centre, in digital format. 

  •  Online form: you must download the application acknowledgement and save it on your device. 

Once you have done this, the application acknowledgement must be sent by email to the official email address of your first-choice centre, within the established time limit, accompanied by identification documents and documents attesting to priority criteria, in digital format. 

  • To place the applications for admission in order, when a school has more applications than places available, the various access routes to the courses and the average mark for the studies or course or entrance exam are analysed.
  • The period for submission of applications and publication of the list of preregistration applications varies, depending on the year. 
STEP 3: Check whether the student has been admitted

Once the preregistration period has ended, you need to check the lists to see if the student has been admitted.

The lists can be checked by various means:

  • In person:
    • The school applied for as first choice.
  • Online:

Furthermore, the centres publish the results of the procedure in anonymous lists on their websites. 


STEP 4: If the student has been admitted, enrolment will be formalised

In the event that the student has been admitted, you need to formalise enrolment at the relevant school within the established time limit.

If you do not complete enrolment within the time limit set, you will be deemed to have relinquished the place.

Apart from the documents provided when you submitted the preregistration application, the schools may also request the following when you come to enrol:

  • A photocopy of the student's vaccination card showing the doses of vaccine received and their dates. If you do not have a vaccinations card, you need to submit an official medical certificate or the student’s health card showing the doses of vaccine received and the relevant dates. If the child has not been vaccinated on a doctor’s advice, or for other reasons, an official medical certificate justifying this must be submitted.
  • If appropriate, if it was not possible to submit it with the preregistration application, the renewed DNI with the new address.
  • Documentation attesting to any access requirements.
  • Pay the relevant public fee.

In the event that you are not able to gain a place at any of the schools requested, please remember that there are a large number of private schools in Barcelona where you can enrol.

Who can submit the application?

The application must be submitted in person by the student himself or herself.

What documentation must be attached to the application?

General documentation:

  • Preregistration application form.
  • Original and photocopy of your identity document:
    • In the case of European Union nationals: passport.
    • In the case of non-EU citizens: resident’s card showing the identity number for foreign nationals (NIE).
    • In the case of Spanish nationals: Spanish national identity document (DNI).
  • Original and photocopy of the student’s individual healthcare card (TSI), if they have one.


If there are more applications than places at the school, they are ordered depending on the various access routes to the courses (studies or course allowing access) and, within each route, according to the average marks for the studies, course or entrance exam:


  • Depending on the access route, the following place reservations are made:
    • Baccalaureate, or equivalent studies, route: 60%. Students who have studied the priority baccalaureate courses for the relevant course have priority.
    • Students who prove that they have the technical qualification and also training relating to access to the advanced-level courses: 20%.
    • Via the entrance exam, or full exemption from the exam, or having other qualifications enabling entry: 20%.
  • To get rid of tie situations after application of all the criteria, the result of the draw is applied. If all the relevant reserved places are not filled via one of the access routes, the unfilled places will be distributed proportionally among the other routes.


* Once this process has been completed, if there are unfilled places, they are given to those individuals with an intermediate-level technical qualification who have not proved that they have passed any of the training relating to access to advanced-level courses or the entrance exam.


  • The accreditation document to be submitted is one of the following certificates:
    • Certificate of the average mark for the studies allowing access to the courses.
    • Certificate of the entrance exam marks.
    • Certificate of the marks for the training relating to entry.
    • In the event that studies are in progress at the time when the application is submitted: certificate of the marks up to the end of the claims period on the provisional scale.
    • Individuals who have passed the university entrance exam for over-25s in the current year must submit a printed copy of the results via the relevant website (when enrolling, the certificate showing the exam was passed must be submitted to the school).


In the case of students who have had studies abroad validated against the baccalaureate, a decision from the Directorate-General for Basic Education and the Baccalaureate must be submitted which sets out the average mark for the equivalent studies. If the validation was done with an advanced-level training course, the decision from the Directorate-General for Professional, Artistic and Specialist Education must be submitted.

What does the application cost?

The process is FREE OF CHARGE.

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Which body is responsible for the formality?

In Barcelona: the Barcelona Education Consortium (body formed by Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat de Catalunya) and the Barcelona City Council Municipal Institute of Education.

Elsewhere: Catalan Ministry of Education (Generalitat de Catalunya-Government of Catalonia).

Where can I find more information?

You can use the link to the official Barcelona Education Consortium website (only available in Catalan, but it does have Google Translate which means that the portal can be viewed in many languages).


The procedures tend to change frequently. Therefore, only what is provided by the regulations in force at the time of carrying out the procedure in question is applicable.