Identity and Access Management (IAM) program 

We train new Cyber Security professionals in the field of Identity and Access Management. The IAM Cyber Security program is intensive and compact, lasting from January 2024 to May 2025. 

Classes are held 100% remotely, so you can join the program regardless where you live. Please note, that the orientation day is held at the college campus located in Pasila, Helsinki. Attending the orientation day in person is mandatory.


Identity and Access Management (IAM) program: modules from Vocational Qualification in Information and Communications Technology (you may complete the whole qualification with extra studies, if you wish to do so)


17 months

To whom

The program is meant for adults, who have completed either upper secondary education or vocational upper secondary education, and people over the age of 18, who are in the process of changing careers and have enough work experience.


Next program start will be announced later.


Application period will be announced later. Applicant’s Guide »

Entrance exam

Interviews 15.-23.11.2023

Protecting the society 

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is used to ensure that the right users have the right access at the right time. With Identity Management (IdM) a foundation is laid for automated and secure user account management for clients and staff. Access Management (AM) checks the identity and access data in real time and enhances customer experience with single sign-on (SSO) to multiple services.  

Become a Cyber Security professional by specializing in digital identity and access management. This is one of the most important information security services, relied on by the likes of GDPR . 

Through Identity Management (IM) the identity of a user – who or what they are – is verified automatically and reliably (authentication). Access Management (AM) will confirm in real-time, what the identity can or could do, so that the information and assets of both the user and the service are protected (authorization). IAM expands cybersecurity beyond the device and the application with the core concept “the right access, to the right user, at the right time”. IAM tools such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) keep users’ data and identity safe, despite an attacker being able to pass the first factor. At the same time IAM improves the user experience in digital services by enabling secure usage of multiple services with a single sign-on (SSO).

Become a cybersecurity professional by specializing in Identity and Access Management, one of the most important fields in modern information security and an essential method to reach the requirements of GDPR.

Information security position as a goal  

Identity and Access Management (IAM) program is designed for adults who want to work as information security professionals. The program has a hands-on approach to studying, compared to university studies.  Students have access to Windows environment and laptops during their studies. Laptops are given on orientation day.

The program focuses solely on Identity and Access Management (IAM) and relevant modules from the Vocational Qualification in Information Technology: 

  • Basic tasks of ICT 
  • Working in Technical Support Service 
  • Working in Systems Administration 
  • Maintaining Cyber Security 

Structure of the IAM program in 2024 – 2025 

From January to December 2024, the studies will be held remotely via Teams, with the guidance of teachers.

The studies end with an internship period, which will take place in spring of 2025 (January – May). 

Course list  

Spring 2024

Terminal Devices and Operating Systems

Data Communication

M365 and Google Workspace

IT Service Processes

Active Directory and Azure AD

Fall 2024

Intune and Autopilot

Basics of Cyber Security


Program enrollment via interview 

There is no entrance exam to the program. The most suitable candidates will be invited to an interview. Based on these interviews approximately 30 students will be accepted to the program. The most important thing is motivation and technical readiness for learning, so if you really want to start a career as an IAM professional, you have a good chance of being accepted! 

Selection criteria 

Application: 0 – 8 selection points (motivation, competence in ICT, previous experience and career plan). 

Finnish language skills: 0 – 1 selection points for Finnish language skills (1 selection point: Finnish as a mother tongue, secondary language or YKI 4 level accredited skills)

Education background: 0 – 1 selection points (1 selection point: any academic degree (bachelor or master level), awarded based on a degree certificate).  

Interview: 0 – 9 selection points 

Applicants will be invited to an interview based by the sum of their application selection points, language skills selection points and educational background selection points.   Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements will be issued an invitation, but the selection will be made based on the selection points.

The final selection will be made based on the sum of interview and language skills selection points. In the case of equal selection points applicants ordering will be based on their interview selection points. In case of equal points in interview selection points, the ordering will be based on application selection points. In case of equal selection points throughout the process random selection is used. If the applicant fails to attend the interview, their application is automatically rejected.

This program requires good command of English. See the English language requirements here.

Applicants must enclose a copy of Finnish passport or identity card, or a residence permit granted by the Finnish authorities to their application. Residence permit cards of other countries are not accepted. If the applicant’s residence permit is in process, they must enclose a document of a pending permit application to their application. Please note that applications without this documentation are not considered.

Completing Vocational Qualification in Information and Communications Technology

Since the Identity and Access Management (IAM) program includes only relevant know how and methodologies related to working as an IAM professional, in order to complete the whole qualification one additional part of the qualification must be completed:

• Common Units, 35 competence points

Common units are composed of basic skills and know-how needed in working life, academic studies, and lifelong learning. These studies include, for example, Finnish language and Mathematics. If you have completed upper secondary education in Finland, your prior learning can be recognized for as much of these studies as possible. If you have not completed upper secondary education in Finland, you must independently study the online courses we provide for the common units 35 cp. Please note, that these studies include Finnish language studies which you must complete successfully.

Working and studying 

You might not be able to combine studying in the program and getting unemployment benefits. 

Applicant is responsible for communicating with TE services.  

Training program is full time – you cannot combine this program with working full time or having other full time responsibilities. 

More information 

Concerning the application process, Student Affairs Office, 

Program contents, teacher Aristoteles Heikkilä,