Obtaining a teaching certificate

For people who have assembled a great deal of practical experience but lacked the opportunity of a formal apprenticeship there is in Switzerland the so-called "second way" to pass an examination and acquire officially recognised qualification. Admittance to said examination is conditioned on having been active in the field one and a half time as long as the duration of a regular apprenticeship. At this examination set at equal level as the one for regular apprentices general knowledge and trade specific know-how will be required. It is up to the applicant whether to acquire the theoretical background needed visiting courses of his/her own choosing, sitting in with classes of regular apprentices, or by self-studies.