Basic vocational training is training that leads to a basic vocational qualification, providing the knowledge and skills required of professionals and the capability to pursue the profession or become an entrepreneur. The studies usually last about 3 years, or 2–2.5 years for students who have graduated from upper secondary school. Students who have completed a basic vocational qualification can continue their studies in further vocational training or at a university or university of applied sciences.
Kalajoki started providing vocational training in 1937, when the current Kalajoki Vocational College of the Federation of Education in Jokilaaksot (JEDU) was founded. The second educational institution to provide vocational training in Kalajoki was Kalajoki Christian College, founded in 1942.