Advanced federal diploma of higher education

In 2022, some 2 675 advanced federal diplomas of higher education were awarded after an advanced federal professional diploma examination. This examination enables professionals to obtain an expert qualification in their area of activity and to prepare for managing a business. The degree awarded after passing the examination is the advanced federal diploma of higher education.

Advanced federal diplomas of higher education, change in numbers since 2000
  2000 2010 2015 2020 2022
Total 3316 3167 2707 2538 2675
  Male 2826 2505 2039 1844 1747
  Female 490 662 668 694 928
Source: FSO – Statistics on certificates (SBA)
Data as of: June 2023

The number of advanced federal diplomas of higher education evolved only little between 2000 and 2022. Despite a marked progression, the proportion of women in advanced federal professional diploma examinations is only about 35%.

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

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