Preparation for the federal professional diploma examination

In 2019/20, almost 18 900 students were enrolled in a preparatory course.1 37% of them were women and 10% were of foreign nationality. The federal professional diploma examination is aimed at initial specialisation and enhancement of knowledge following vocational education. Students who pass this are awarded a federal professional diploma, the qualification usually required for admission to the advanced federal professional examination.

Students preparing for the federal professional diploma examination: change since 2000/01
  2000/01 2005/06 2010/11 2015/16 2019/20
Total 9 037 11 829 16 421 18 900 18 939
  Female (%) 38.5 40.2 38.7 36.9 37.3
  Foreign (%) 9.2 7.6 9.1 10.5 10.5
Source: FSO – Statistics on pupils and students (SDL)
Data as of: February 2021

The number of students enrolled in a preparatory course for a federal professional diploma examination saw a large increase between 2000/01 and 2019/20 (+110%). The proportion of foreign students remained quite stable during the period under observation (between 8% and 11% of students). With regard to the proportion of women, it remained stable at between 37% and 42% of students.

1 Students are not completely surveyed because the preparations to federal exams are not formally regulated. They often take place in modular trainings, which are only surveyed if the single module corresponds to at least half a school-year (full time equivalent).

During the 2019/20 academic year, almost 45% of the 18 939 students preparing for a federal professional diploma examination were enrolled in courses in the fields of Management and administration (19%), Wholesale and retail sale (13%) and Accounting and taxation (12%). The distribution of students by gender varied greatly between the different fields.

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