Higher professional education and training

Key terms: Vocational and professional education in Switzerland / Copenhagen Process / Mobility and exchange / Governance of vocational and professional education and training

Higher professional education and training is a form of tertiary level education which provides programmes for demanding occupational fields and leadership positions. It serves the purposes of staff training and helps professionals to specialise.

Higher professional education and training comprises:

  • PET colleges

  • Federal PET Diploma Examinations and Advanced Federal PET Diploma Examinations

Higher professional education and training is a Swiss speciality. Its education and training programmes and qualifications are less known abroad, in particular in countries which do not have a dual vocational and professional education and training system. In many countries, equivalent programmes are realised at university institutions. Measures are being taken to strengthen higher professional education and training, and to position it at the international level.

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Last update of this page: 30.08.2017

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