VET professionals

The collective notion of “VET professionals” includes all individuals who provide a portion of the VET programme to learners, whether it is apprenticeship training or classroom instruction.

VPETA draws a distinction between:

  • VET trainers at host companies
    VET trainers at host companies are responsible for the apprenticeship training portion of the VET programme. VET trainers must have an adequate background in the occupational field for which apprenticeship training will be provided: Federal VET Diploma or equivalent qualification plus at least two years of work experience. VET trainers must also have undergone training in vocational pedagogy.
  • Branch course instructors
    Branch course instructors are responsible for branch courses given at branch training centres or similar third-party training locations, at trade schools or at other recognised learning institutions. Branch course instructors must have an adequate background in the occupational field for which branch courses will be taught: tertiary-level professional qualification or equivalent qualification plus at least two years of work experience.
  • VET school teachers
    VET school teachers work either on a full-time or part-time basis. They must be accredited to teach at upper-secondary level and have the following qualifications: training in vocational pedagogy from a Swiss university of teacher education (UTE), a tertiary-level qualification in a specialised field and six months of work experience.
  • Examiners
    Examiners are appointed by the cantonal authority and work in close collaboration with the cantonal administration. They are in charge of preparing and organising all or part of the examinations.

Training in vocational pedagogy and the qualifications awarded are indicated in the core syllabuses for the training of VET professionals. They do not apply to examiners.

The Federal Commission for VET Professionals ensures that the provisions are complied with. It also advises the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and submits proposals to SERI concerning:

  • the coordination and recognition of diplomas,
  • the designation and supervision of institutions that are accredited to award federal qualifications.

Its mission is to prepare the equivalence (recognition) criteria for the qualifications of the VET professionals and, where applicable, to establish the supplementary qualifications required.