Federal diploma of professional education and training (PET)

The PET diploma examination is aimed at initial specialisation and enhancement of knowledge following vocational education. Students who pass this are awarded a federal PET diploma, the qualification usually required for admission to the advanced PET examination.

Federal diploma of professional education and training, change in numbers since 2000
Training type 2000 2005 2010 2015 2018
Total 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
Source: FSO – Statistics on certificates (SBA)
Data as of: June 2019

The number of federal PET diplomas awarded after a federal PET examination increased overall by around 60% between 2000 and 2018. The increase was more marked for women: almost twice as many women obtained a diploma in 2018 than in 2000. Nevertheless, the proportion of women in PET examinations is only about 40%.

The five educational fields with the most diplomas (Management and Administration, Wholesale and retail sales, Protection of persons and property, Finance, banking and insurance, Electricity and energy,) account for half of all PET examinations. The first two educational fields show a more or less even gender distribution, as one would expect from commercial activities. In contrast, areas for instance in the fields of Electricity and energy, Building or Crop and livestock production present a clear male dominance, as in the vocational education and training.

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