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Prof. PhD Krasimira Svetoslavova Staneva, Head

University of Forestry

1797 Sofia, 10 bul. "Kl. Ohridski"

building A, room 109 or 332

Tel.: (+359 2) 91 907/415 or 450

Direct: (+359 2) 962 39 53

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Mrs Penka Hristova Gotcseva, Officer

1797 Sofia, 10 bul. "Kliment Ohridski"

building A, room 109

Tel .: (+359 2) 91 907/450

Direct: (+359 2) 9623953

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The Center for Continuing Education (CCE) was established as a Center for Postgraduate Education and Training (CPET) by decision of the Academic Council of UF in 1999 (protocol N 4/15.09.1999). The principal activities under the Rules of Procedure of the UF, is spread scientific knowledge in sciences forest, woodworking and furniture industry, interior and furniture design, ecology and environmental protection, landscape architecture, agriculture, veterinary medicine, management and other areas permitted by the law.

Opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge in different directions in the UF existed since 1985, when a Council of Ministers decree allows the universities to detect the Faculty of Public Professions (FPP). From 1986 to FPP are approved four specialties: "Ecology and Environment Protection", "Mountain and hunting", "Engineering journalism and art photography." In 1989 established another two specialties - "Interior and Design" and "Translators of scientific and technical literature". In 1990, the FPP was renamed at the Open Faculty (OF). Until 1994 were approved and new specialties: "Cynology", "Management", "Computerization of Engineering", "Engineering Education", "Hunting and hunting tourism" and courses "Bonsai”, "Horticulture", "Edible Mushrooms", “Hiking", “Probability theory and statistics". Dean of the FPP and the OF is Assoc. Prof. Genka Blaskova (1987 - 1994).

Since 1994 the structure of the UF includes Faculty for Part-Time and Postgraduate Training (FPTPT), which in 1998 was transformed into Faculty for Postgraduate Training (FPT). Dean of FPTPT and FPT is Assoc. Prof. Iskra Vasileva (1994 - 1999). To FPTPT, and later to the FPT includes: Center for Postgraduate Training (CPT). In these areas are organized educational and professional qualification system for graduates, students and persons with secondary education. The name of the center was changed to Center for Postgraduate Education and Training (CPET). Leader of CPET during the period 2000 to 2003 is Prof. Dr. Ekaterina Pavlova. To CPET teachers from the UF or other universities and individual skilled professionals conduct specialized courses like "Evaluation of agricultural land and improvements thereon", "Assessment of forests and forest lands," "Phytotherapy", "Diseases of the dog and cat", "Pests", "Labor protection", "Bee", "Methodical basis of research", "New materials and technologies", "Snail farming" and so on. Head of CPET from 2004 till 2011. is Prof. Nikola Stoyanov, PhD, Prof. DSc Diana Ivanova was a head from 2012 to 2019.

Prof. Krasimira Staneva, PhD was elected by the University Academic Council to head of CCE in 2018.

The CCE training is carried out by postgraduate schools, fellowships, professional training courses, courses for training and preparatory courses.

Main fields of activity of CCE

Training of specialists with higher education is accomplished through:

A. Specializations - organized to raise the qualification of graduates or specializing in a new narrower field of knowledge and may be held individually or in groups in a regular and part-time form of training lasting from 12 to 18 months.

Currently at CCE there are individual and group specializations in "Animal health expertise in food products of animal origin"; "Plant Protection; "Engineering Design" and others.

When expressed interest can be organized and conducted individual and group specialized in the field of forestry, woodworking and furniture, ecology and environmental protection, agriculture, landscape architecture, veterinary medicine and business management topics and areas designated by applicants.

B. Education for training and refresher of the knowledges - organized at the request of the applicant or pre-prepared modules from the science faculty of University of Forestry or other organizations. The duration of the courses is determined by the applicant and agreed by the CCE and the training is conducted group or individually.

Until now, to CCE organized courses in thematic areas: Innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture and forestry, woodworking and furniture; Development of business plans for the absorption of structural funds in the EU; The lease financing in agriculture and forestry economy, woodworking and furniture; Marketing research and marketing strategies; Strategic management, Advertising, Аccounting and logistics of SMEs; Management of forestry; Forest recreation tourism; Economy; Assessment of forests and forest lands, timber market, Animal welfare during transport; Animal welfare grown in the shelter; Computing and Informatics, Language training; SPA management and more.

C. Education/schools/vocational training - organized to acquire knowledge and skills in a particular field or specialty. The training period is from 2 to 4 semesters.

The training of specialists with secondary education is realized through:

A. Education/schools/vocational qualification - organized to acquire knowledge and skills in a particular field or specialty. The training period is from 2 to 4 semesters. To CCE is organized school for professional qualification "Teacher". It trains students regular and part-time students from all specialties in University of Forestry. Graduates acquire professional qualification "Teacher" and can teach in secondary special schools.

B. Education/schools/vocational training - organized to acquire document aptitude for a particular profesion. Currently, the Center conducted courses to acquire the capacity to work with chainsaws and trimmers and to obtain a license for the technology. The courses are organized upon request from persons, companies or enterprises agreed with the CCE at any time of the year.

C. Preparatory courses for students in mathematics, biology and drawing – the curricula are developed in accordance with the application programs. Training starts after dialing the required number of candidates for group. During the school holidays are held intensive exam preparation courses.

Admission procedure

The admission process of applicants is carried out throughout the year, subject to the following requirements:

Specializations and courses for professional qualification - applicants submit an application to the Rector stating the desired direction, subject, duration and type of specialization or course and form of education, a copy of the diploma for completed education and contact data (address, telephone, e-mail).

Short-term courses - Candidates optionally enroll in a CCE inspector's list until the required minimum number of students is formed to form a group, and then determine the time and place of the training.

When courses are provided on request by legal entities, the time and venue of the courses are agreed with the CCE in advance.
The approved tuition fees are paid to the LTU fund by the applicants before the start of the course leading to the award document.

Issued documents

Upon successful completion of the training, the CCE issues an appropriate document (certificate of professional qualification, certificate of completion of course or certificate of competency). The documents are legitimate by virtue of the institutional accreditation of the University of Forestry, the legal and regulatory framework and coordination with the relevant competent authorities.

For additional information, contact the Inspector of CCE Mrs Penka Stamenova:
Phone: (+359 2) 91 907/450; direct: (+359 2) 962 39 53; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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