Tertiary level - Advanced professional education and training (PET)

In 2019, 27 647 diplomas were awarded in the field of professional education and training. Federal PET diplomas accounted for nearly half of them (14 717 qualifications). Next came diplomas from professional education and training colleges (9 732 qualifications), advanced federal PET diplomas (2 876 qualifications) and diplomas from professional education and training not regulated by the VPETA (322 qualifications).

Advanced professional education and training diplomas, change in numbers since 2000
Training type 2000 2005 2010 2015 2019
Total 22 633 27 906 26 789 26 453 27 647
  Male 14 387 15 985 15 164 15 727 15 746
  Female 8 246 11 921 11 625 10 726 11 901
3 249 3 905 7 337 8 451 9 732
  Male 2 414 2 775 3 774 4 387 4 959
  Female  835 1 130 3 563 4 064 4 773
3 316 2 556 3 167 2 707 2 876
  Male 2 826 2 106 2 505 2 039 1 928
  Female  490  450  662  668  948
8 932 12 251 13 137 14 835 14 717
  Male 5 795 8 229 8 028 9 178 8 772
  Female 3 137 4 022 5 109 5 657 5 945
7 136 9 194 3 148  460  322
  Male 3 352 2 875  857  123  87
  Female 3 784 6 319 2 291  337  235
Source: FSO – Statistics on certificates (SBA)
Data as of: June 2020

Advanced professional education and training allows people who have completed upper secondary education to deepen or widen their knowledge. Advanced professional education and training consists of several study paths: professional education and training colleges, preparation for professional or advanced federal examinations governed by the Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act (VPETA) and advanced professional education and training courses not regulated by this act.

The number of advanced professional education and training diplomas awarded has increased by about one fifth in the past 19 years. A considerable increase was observed especially in the years 2000-2005, whereas the following decade tended to be characterised by stagnation. Great differences among the types of training can be seen not only with regard to diplomas but also in terms of gender distribution. Whereas the Advanced PET Diplomas continued to show the lowest proportion of women in 2019 (approximately 30%), the largest percentage of women (nearly 70%) can be found in "Advanced professional education and training not regulated at the federal level". The share of women at advanced professional education and training colleges doubled between 2000 and 2019, due in particular to the recognition of the study courses in the area of health as professional education and training colleges.

The individual types of training were affected differently by trends in advanced professional education and training diplomas. The number of diplomas from professional education and training colleges almost tripled in the period 2000-2019; for Federal PET Diplomas, an increase of approximately 65% can be observed for the same period. During the same period, the Advanced Federal PET Diplomas stagnated at a relatively low level. The number of diplomas from "Advanced professional education and training not regulated at federal level" shrank in the period under observation by nearly 95%. The massive decline of the above-mentioned training type can be explained in particular by the fact that since 2005, many study courses at specialised schools in the field of health received federal recognition as an advanced professional education and training college. This also goes some way in explaining the large increase in diplomas from these colleges.

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