Advanced federal diploma of higher education

In 2021, some 2 900 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 2021
Total 3 316 3 167 2 707 2 538 2 900
  Male 2 826 2 505 2 039 1 844 2 069
  Female  490  662  668  694  831
Source: FSO – Statistics on certificates (SBA)
Data as of: June 2022

The number of advanced federal diplomas of higher education evolved only little between 2000 and 2021. Despite a marked progression, the proportion of women in advanced federal professional diploma examinations is only about 30%.

The five educational fields with the most diplomas (Accounting and taxation, Wholesale and retail sales, Electricity and energy, Traditional and complementary medicine and therapy, Building and civil engineering) 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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