School of Professional and Continuing Education

The School of Professional and Continuing Education represents a new format for continuing professional education 3.0.

The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) was founded in 2006 and offers a continuous and professional non-tertiary education for young people and adults in a flexible format. SPCE’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme promotes employment opportunities. Programmes and courses on business and entrepreneurship allow graduates to create a source of income for themselves and launch their own enterprise.

More than 123,000 students (from 2006 to September 2018) have graduated from our school completing one or more programmes from 450 available training modules. SPCE provides its services in 11 training centers located in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. The school also performs as the leading publisher of educational literature in Central Asia and has published nearly 350 textbooks within the SPCE programmes.

Learning Centres and SPCE Town Campuses


International Certifications

SPCE is a unique testing centre for international certifications, acting on behalf of various international organisations, and eligible to offer respective qualifications. This includes Cambridge Assessment English, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Certified International Professional Accountant Examination Network (CIPAEN), International Computer Driving License(ICDL), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

SPCE conducts examinations (both paper-based and computer-based) as an authorised Cambridge Examination Centre in three countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, where anyone can take the exams offered by Cambridge Assessment English: Young Learners (YL) Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers, A2 Flyers. Main Suit Exams: A2 Key and Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools, B2 First and First for Schools, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency. Professional Teaching Qualifications: Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), TKT YL, and TKT Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Diploma in English Language Teaching (DELTA), English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI). English for Professional Purposes: B1 Business Preliminary, B2 Business Vantage and C1 Business Higher, Cambridge English Legal (ILEC Legal), and Cambridge English Financial (IFEC Financial). Moreover, we offer computer-based Cambridge Placement Tests.

The School also conducts Preparatory trainings for exams and a number of various SPCE training courses including the worldwide recognised certification programmes for Business English (LCCI), Business English (Cambridge Assessment English), Certified Accounting Practitioner (CAP) and Certified International Professional Accountant (CIPA), CIPAEN, and ICDL.

In order to promote social and economic development, SPCE provides unique programmes "Local Economic and Community Development" for civil servants and the NGO sector, "Small Business Management Using Mini-Technologies", "Business Plan Development", "Social Entrepreneurship", trainings for Tour Operators and Guides. In addition, SPCE offers TVET, where a number of construction and technical specialties are being taught.

The trainees of the TVET courses are trained for auto mechanics using advanced experience within the framework of an innovative training programme that provides theoretical classes and practical labs in the workshops and internships under the guidance
of a Master. The trainees of the TVET courses are trained for auto mechanics using advanced experience within the framework of an innovative training programme that provides theoretical classes and practical labs in the workshops and internships under the guidance of a Master.

Trying to cover as many communities as possible SPCE offers special courses for residents of remote villages, who do not have direct access to SPCE resources. Short-term courses help solve such problems as obsolete curricula in public schools and preparation for state testing, which is especially important for rural communities.

In its town campuses, SPCE offers the "Academic Achievement" programme, which encompasses key skills such as Mathematics (Jump Maths), Information Technology (ICDL), English language (TOEFL, Critical Thinking, Academic English) to prepare students for admission to universities abroad.

All SPCE certification programmes are regularly compared with the best international analogues, and their quality is confirmed through testing of learners by independent experts. The recruitment of SPCE teachers is carried out from among local residents who are trained through Professional Development courses and receive certification from leading international organisation and universities.

SPCE's approach to quality assurance of its educational programmes was recognised as one of the best, and the School's experts disseminate their experience and expertise among the institutions of continuing education in Central Asian countries, Egypt, Syria and Pakistan: sharing learning programmes, learning materials, and providing a quality assurance system.

External Evaluation

SPCE underwent a rigorous external impact evaluation in 2017. The objective was to assess 10 years of the effectiveness of implementing programmes designed to advance the socio-economic development of the mountain regions of Central Asia, and improve livelihoods and educational mobility. In doing so, SPCE established a model of an educational institution that had no equivalent in the region, and virtually none in international practice.

"SPCE is performing its tasks and achieving its mission on the highest possible level. SPCE sets new high standards not only for continuing education but also for other segments of education." Dr. Isak Frumin, Professor, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Based on the results of the assessment conducted by the representatives of the Higher School of Economics (Russian Federation) and the College of Rockies (Canada), with the support of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, as well as independent regional experts and consulting companies, it was found that SPCE had excellently fulfilled its mission in the period from 2010-2016 year. The evaluation garnered empirical evidence and asked authoritative field experts to critically examine its programmes, quality assurance processes, organisational structure, and other aspects of its operations.

The Impact Evaluation showed that almost 90% of graduates said their goals to obtain skills for employment or admission to higher education were met. About 75% of the graduates said that SPCE improved their chances of finding new or better jobs, and 12% had started or expanded a business. In addition, 88% of graduates noted that SPCE provided skills enabling them to remain in their community, and 77% said studying at SPCE resulted in increased civil engagement. The report highlighted that it has established "a remarkable quality assurance system", and concluded that SPCE should continue to grow incrementally along existing pathways.


SPCE Courses

Certification Programmes

Certified Accounting Technology
Small Business Management Using Mini-Technology
Local Economic and Community Development
English for Business
English for Academic Purposes

Vocational Education Programmes

Advanced Carpentry Construction (4th category)
Basic Carpentry Construction (3rd category)
Basic Welder/Plumber (3rd category)
Basics in Auto Mechanics

Short-term programmes

Conversational English
Certified Accountant Practitioner
Certified International Professional Accountant
Academic Achievement
Entrepreneurship
Business Plan Development
Social Entrepreneurship
International Computer Driving Licence
Cashier / Financial Assistant
English for Health
Business Russian
Business Kazakh
Business Tajik
Kyrgyz Language for Civil Servants
Conversational Russian
Conversational German
Conversational Chinese
Conversational Kyrgyz
Conversational French
Guide training
Mental Maths

Short-term courses

Start Business
Open your own business
Expand Business
Business Planning
Business Communication Skills
Financial Literacy
Maths for Accountants
French for Tourism
1-C Software
English Pre-Beginner
French Pre-Beginner
Computer Essentials
Online Essentials
Presentations
Word Processing
Spreadsheets
Using Databases
National test preparation courses (Russian, Maths, Chemistry, Biology)
IELTS Preparation
TOEFL iBT Preparation
Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) Preparation

Contact SPCE

KYRGYZSTAN

Bishkek
138 Toktogul Street
Tel.: +996 (0) 312 910 822
spce.bishkek@ucentralasia.org

Naryn
19 Seitaaly Jakypov Street
Tel: +996 (3522) 51 204
spce.naryn@ucentralasia.org

TAJIKISTAN

Khorog
126 Lenin Street, Khorog, GBAO
Tel: +992 (3522) 22 277
spce.khorog@ucentralasia.org

Dushanbe
47A Druzhba Narodov Avenue
Tel: +992 (37) 224 58 23 / +992 (37) 221 26 85, and
Lane 3, 7/6 Negmat Karabaev Street
Tel: +992 (48) 701 5218, +992 (48) 701 5219
spce.dushanbe@ucentralasia.org

KAZAKHSTAN

Tekeli
13 Gagarin Street
Tel: +7 (72835) 44 177 / +7 (72835) 43 444
spce.tekeli@ucentralasia.org

AFGHANISTAN

Darwaz
Teacher Training College, Nusai
Tel.: +(93) 77 742 95 94, +992 (93) 500 07 58
spce.darwaz@ucentralasia.org

Ishkashim
Teacher Training College, Kozideh
Tel: +(93) 79 649 15 68, +992 (93) 133 60 10
spce.ishkashim@ucentralasia.org

Faizabad
District 6, Dashti Qurogh, Badakhshan University
Tel: +(93) 79 988 35 73
spce.faizabad@ucentalasia.org

Shugnan
Teacher Training College
Tel.: +(93) 72 884 22 00, +992 (93) 133 60 10
spce.shugnan@ucentralasia.org

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