In the school year 2005/’06, Statistics Netherlands introduced a new division for the various disciplines taught in mbo. The division is based upon the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). The ISCED facilitates international comparison of education programmes.

In the Dutch situation, the naming system was adapted to the mbo, as the original system was mainly based on higher education. 
Statistics Netherlands publishes 46 different educational programmes. In all disciplines, clusters of closely related programmes are taken together.

Various disciplines are only taught on a particular level. Socio-pedagogical programmes are taught only at levels 3 and 4 and training programmes for assistant in health care and welfare only at levels 1 and 2.