Preparation for the advanced federal PET diploma examination

In 2018/19, almost 3 400 students attended a preparatory course for an advanced PET diploma examination1. 27% of them were women and 9% were of foreign nationality. The advanced federal PET diploma examination enables professionals to obtain an expert qualification in their area of activity and to prepare for managing a business. The advanced federal PET diploma is awarded if this exam is passed.

Students preparing for Advanced Federal PET Diploma examinations: change since 2000/01
  2000/01 2005/06 2010/11 2015/16 2018/19
5 427 4 355 4 271 3 615 3 382
  Female (%) 25.3 36 32.5 25.5 27.4
  Foreign (%) 8 6.9 8.5 10.6 9.1
Source: FSO – Statistics on pupils and students (SDL)
Data as of: February 2020

The number of students enrolled in a preparatory course for an advanced federal PET diploma examination declined between 2000/01 and 2018/19 (-38%). The proportion of foreign students remained quite stable during the period under observation (between 7% and 11% of students) whereas the proportion of women varied substantially (between 24% and 36%).

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 2018/19 academic year, almost 40% of the 3382 students preparing for an advanced federal PET diploma examination were enrolled in courses in the fields of Building and civil engineering (19%), Wholesale and retail sale (11%) and Accounting and taxation (10%). The distribution of students by gender varied greatly between the different fields.

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