Advanced federal diploma of professional education and training (PET)

In 2019, some 2 876 advanced federal PET diplomas were awarded after an advanced PET examination. The advanced PET examination enables professionals to obtain an expert qualification in their area of activity and to prepare for managing a business. The advanced federal diploma is awarded if this exam is passed.

Advanced federal diplomas of professional education and training, change in numbers since 2000
  2000 2005 2010 2015 2019
Total 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
Source: FSO – Statistics on certificates (SBA)
Data as of: June 2020

The number of advanced federal PET diplomas evolved only little between 2000 and 2019. Despite a marked progression, the proportion of women in advanced PET examinations is only about 30%.

The five educational fields with the most diplomas (Accounting and taxation, Traditional and complementary medicine and therapy, Wholesale and retail sales, Electricity and energy, Building and civil engineering) account for more than half of all advanced PET examinations. As can be expected for the health related sectors, the women dominate clearly the last field. Other areas for instance like Electricity and Energy or Crop and livestock production present a clear male dominance, as in the vocational education and training.

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