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.
|Total||22 633||27 906||26 789||26 455||26 798|
|Male||14 387||15 985||15 164||15 732||15 684|
|Female||8 246||11 921||11 625||10 723||11 114|
|College of professional education and training degree||3 249||3 905||7 337||8 451||9 112|
|Male||2 414||2 775||3 774||4 387||4 547|
|Female||835||1 130||3 563||4 064||4 565|
|Advanced federal diploma of professional education and training||3 316||2 556||3 167||2 707||2 840|
|Male||2 826||2 106||2 505||2 039||2 062|
|Federal diploma of professional education and training||8 932||12 251||13 137||14 835||14 575|
|Male||5 795||8 229||8 028||9 178||8 997|
|Female||3 137||4 022||5 109||5 657||5 578|
|Diploma from unregulated professional education and training||7 136||9 194||3 148||462||271|
|Male||3 352||2 875||857||128||78|
|Female||3 784||6 319||2 291||334||193|
Data as of: June 2019
The number of advanced professional education and training diplomas awarded has increased by about one fifth in the past 18 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 2018 (less than 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 2018, 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 at advanced professional education and training colleges almost tripled in the period 2000-2018; for Federal PET Diplomas, an increase of approximately 60% 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.