Advanced professional education and training allows people who have completed upper secondary education to deepen or widen their knowledge. Advanced professional education and training consists of several study paths: professional education and training colleges, preparation for professional or advanced federal examinations governed by the Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act (VPETA) and advanced professional education and training courses not regulated by this act.
|Total||38 674||38 151||51 280||56 660||58 991|
|Teaching professions||4 663||934||-||-||-|
|Professional colleges (forerunner of UAS)||2 222||795||-||-||-|
|Professional education and training colleges||9 213||10 173||21 867||29 786||32 756|
|Preparation for the federal PET diploma examination1||9 037||11 829||16 418||18 896||18 435|
|Preparation for the advanced federal PET diploma examination1||5 427||4 355||4 274||3 615||3 468|
|Unregulated advanced professional education and training||8 112||10 065||8 721||4 363||4 332|
Source: FSO – Statistics on pupils and students (SDL)
Data as of: February 2019
In the academic year of 2017/18, almost 59 000 students were recorded in advanced professional education and training. The majority (56%) were at professional education and training colleges, 37% were preparing for a federal or an advanced examination and 7% were following a training course not governed by the VEPTA. Numbers attending advanced professional education and training have risen by 53% since 2000/01, despite the transfer of some training courses to higher education institutes following the creation of the universities of applied sciences.
During the academic year 2017/18, the most popular training sectors for students in advanced professional education and training was Management and administration (17%). This was followed by the fields Nursing and Midwifery (13%) and Building and civil engineering (8%).