Adult education is governed by the Adult Education Act (Täiskasvanute koolituse seadus, 1993) which defines the adult learner as those who study by distance learning, evening courses, part-time study or as an external student participating in in-service or non-formal training.
Adults can also acquire higher education (HE) at institutions of applied higher education (rakenduskõrgkool) and universities (ülikool), both offer flexible forms of study. In general, a fee is charged for part-time study.
The Lifelong Learning Strategy 2005 – 2008 (Elukestva õppe strateegia aastateks 2005-2008) was passed by the government in 2005. The strategy aims to improve opportunities for people to participate in formal, non-formal and informal learning according to their personal as well as social and labour market needs. The aim is to raise the participation rate for people aged 25-64 to 10% of the total population by 2008 (the figure in 2006 was 6.5%).
The Employment Service Act (Tööturuteenuse seadus, 2000) regulates the provision of employment services to job seekers (including training provision) and to employers.
Training is commissioned by county employment offices and paid for by the Ministry of Social Affairs (Sotsiaalministeerium), local authorities may also allocate resources for this purpose. Training may be commissioned from any licensed body approved by the Ministry of Education and Research.
Professional training at company level is not regulated by law, however, the Adult Education Act (Täiskasvanute koolituse seadus,1993) provides for everybody’s right to improve oneself and the state’s, local authorities’ and employers’ obligation to co-ordinate and organise adult education.


회사 차원에서 전문 훈련을 법률에 의해, 그러나, 성인 교육 법령 (Täiskasvanute koolituse seadus, 1993) 규제를받지는 모두의 권리와 국가, 지방 자치 단체 '및 고용주의 의무를 스스로 향상시키기 위해 공동으로 제공 - 일입니다 성인 교육을 개최합니다.