Professional colleges

In 2019, some 9 732 diplomas from professional education and training colleges were awarded. Professional education and training colleges offer courses of study that are recognized by the Confederation. The creation of courses for the various subjects and their recognition by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) is based on the core curriculum governing training and education. These are binding for all providers of education and training. The diploma awarded at the end of training is recognized at federal level.

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

The number of diplomas from professional education and training colleges has almost tripled between 2000 and 2019. The main reason for this was the recognition of specialised studies in the field of health. This led to a more than fivefold increase in the number of women graduating from a professional education and training college over this period. The share of women overall rose from 26% (2000) to almost 50% (2019).

In 2019, the greatest number by far of diplomas from professional education and training colleges were awarded in the educational field of Nursing and midwifery. In second place came Management and administration, followed by Child care and youth services. As for vocational education and training, studies in nursing, in the field of medical services as well as working with children and young people are very female-dominated; diplomas for studies in building, IT as well as engineering or mechanics are predominantly acquired by men.

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