Professional Education and Training

Professional education and training (PET) encompasses PET college programmes, federal PET diploma examinations and advanced federal PET diploma examinations.

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The PET sector offers higher education programmes that are geared towards demanding occupations and managerial roles. As well as training the executives of tomorrow, the PET sector also provides professionals an opportunity to specialise in a particular area of their chosen field. Every year, around 25,000 people are awarded a federally recognised PET qualification.

Professional education and training is a Swiss speciality. Its education and training programmes and qualifications are less well-known abroad, particularly in countries which do not have a dual vocational education and training system. In many countries, equivalent programmes are provided by traditional universities. Measures are being taken to strengthen professional education and training, and to improve its position internationally.