Preparation for the advanced federal PET diploma examination

The advanced PET examination enables professionals to obtain an expert qualification in their area of activity and to prepare for managing a business. The advanced federal 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 2017/18
Total
5 427 4 355 4 274 3 615 3 468
  Female (%) 25.3 36.0 32.5 25.5 29.3
  Foreign (%) 8.0 6.9 8.5 10.6 9.1
Source: FSO – Statistics on pupils and students (SDL)
Data as of: February 2019

The number of students enrolled in a preparatory course for an Advanced PET Diploma examination 1 declined between 2000/01 and 2017/18 (-36%). 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 25% 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 2017/18 academic year, almost 38% of the 3468 students preparing for an Advanced PET Diploma examination were enrolled in courses in the fields of Building and civil engineering (18%), Wholesale and retail sale (11%) and Accounting and taxation (9%). The distribution of students by gender varied greatly between the different fields.

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