Professional qualification for adults

The Federal Act on Vocational and Professional Education and Training ensures that a federally recognised qualification can be obtained via different educational paths.

At present, adults without a professional qualification have four established ways of achieving the desired professional qualification. Two do not require an apprenticeship contract, while two require an apprenticeship contract with a training company.

  1. Direct admission to the final examination:

    adults with more than five years of professional experience (including some in the desired profession) may apply directly for the qualification procedure (i.e. for the final examination).

  2. Validation of educational achievements:

    adults with five years’ professional experience (including some in the desired profession) may, for certain professions, put together a dossier to demonstrate that they have the required skills. This is then examined by a team of experts.

  3. Shortened vocational education and training (VET):

    adults with several years’ professional experience or a recognised professional qualification (first profession) may shorten the period of vocational education and training by one to two years (depending on their prior education and training). To this end they conclude an apprenticeship contract with a training company. The training ends with the qualification procedure (i.e. the final examination).

  4. Standard vocational education and training (VET):

    adults can complete a standard vocational education and training programme. To this end they conclude an apprenticeship contract with a training company. Depending on the profession, the training lasts two, three or four years. The training ends with the qualification procedure (i.e. the final examination).

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Last update of this page: 20.02.2018

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