Federal diploma of professional education and training (PET)

In 2019, some 14 717 federal PET diplomas were awarded after a federal PET examination. The PET diploma examination is aimed at initial specialisation and enhancement of knowledge following vocational education. Students who pass this are awarded a federal PET diploma, the qualification usually required for admission to the advanced PET examination.

Federal diploma of professional education and training, change in numbers since 2000
  2000 2005 2010 2015 2019
Total 8 932 12 251 13 137 14 835 14 717
  Male 5 795 8 229 8 028 9 178 8 772
  Female 3 137 4 022 5 109 5 657 5 945
Source: FSO – Statistics on certificates (SBA)
Data as of: June 2020

The number of federal PET diplomas increased overall by around 65% between 2000 and 2019. The increase was more marked for women: almost twice as many women obtained a diploma in 2019 than in 2000. Nevertheless, the proportion of women in PET examinations is only about 40%.

The five educational fields with the most diplomas (Wholesale and retail sales, Management and Administration, Protection of persons and property, Finance, banking and insurance, Electricity and energy) account for half of all PET examinations. The first two educational fields show a more or less even gender distribution, as one would expect from commercial activities. In contrast, areas for instance in the fields of electricity and energy, building or crop and livestock production present a clear male dominance, as in the vocational education and training.

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