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Caretaker with federal certificate of competence

This preliminary course is a further education

The in-service training for caretakers covers the responsibility for the maintenance of buildings and their surroundings, the maintenance of technical installations, the cleaning of buildings and environmentally friendly behaviour, especially energy saving and waste disposal. Solid basic knowledge in communication, motivation and leadership techniques support the caretaker in dealing and working with people and especially with apprentices in the company.

What are the advantages of further training as a caretaker?

Further training to become a caretaker is independent of the sector, as a caretaker is needed in all sectors. In addition, it is accessible and attractive for all previous professions and educational backgrounds. The field of activity is very broad, from administrative and school buildings to old people's homes, industrial facilities, hotels and shopping centres to residential complexes and company headquarters.

What are the chances on the labour market?

The market volume is large, since professional building maintenance makes economic sense from an already small building size and thus a trained caretaker is needed. Experience shows that the size is reached by at least medium-sized companies. For example, in Switzerland there are about 9,000 medium-sized companies, 1,600 large companies, over 5,000 schools and over 16,000 residential complexes with more than 20 flats.

What requirements must be met?

Professionals with a completed basic vocational training (EFZ) and experience as a caretaker. Good oral and written German language skills Good to know: The prerequisite for admission to the federal examination is:

How long does the training take?

  • 3 semesters if starting in April, 4 semesters if starting in October
  • 77 teaching units, or 42 days in the attendance phase
  • 479 lessons of theoretical and practical instruction in 3 or 4 semesters

How much does the training cost?

Further information under: Announcement and information caretaker school

Will I get a course certificate HFS?

Only those who have attended 80% of the teaching time and have taken part in the assessment and the internal examination (professional examination simulation) will receive a course certificate HFS.

Can I apply for subsidies?

Yes you can. The federal government subsidises retroactive Private individuals who have taken the professional examination. You can find further information here.

Internal audit

In the two-day "internal examination", course participants prepare for the environment of the federal professional examination. We organise this exam simulation for you every June.
  • The internal examination is intended to show you your personal level of knowledge.
  • If you do not pass the Federal Vocational Examination despite having passed the "Internal Examination", you can repeat the last semester free of charge. We pay the school fees!

What happens if I don't pass the federal professional examination?

If, despite passing the internal examination (professional examination simulation), you do not pass the professional examination, you can repeat the failed subjects with us free of charge.

Dates

2022

  • 3-semester course Start on Monday 25. April 2022 in Dübendorf & Friday 29 April 2022 in Bern (professional examination in 2023)
  • 4-semester course Start on Monday 24. October 2022 in Dübendorf & Friday 28 October 2022 in Bern (professional examination in 2024)

2023

  • 3-semester course Start on Monday 23. April 2023 in Dübendorf & Friday 21. April 2023 in Bern (professional examination in 2024)
  • 4-semester course Start on Monday 23. October 2022 in Dübendorf & Friday 27. October 2022 in Bern (professional examination in 2025)
 

Teaching time

  • 07:40 - 16:45

Further training to become a caretaker is independent of the sector, as a caretaker is needed in all sectors. In addition, it is accessible and attractive for all previous professions and educational backgrounds. The field of activity is very broad, from administrative and school buildings to old people's homes, industrial facilities, hotels and shopping centres to residential complexes and company headquarters.

The market volume is large: even from a small building size, professional building maintenance makes economic sense and a trained caretaker is needed. For example, there are around 9,000 medium-sized companies and 1,600 large companies in Switzerland. We also have more than 5,000 schools and over 16,000 residential complexes with at least 20 flats.

Professionals with a completed basic vocational training (EFZ) and experience as a caretaker. Good oral and written German language skills

Good to know: The following proof is required for admission to the federal examination:

  • Swiss Federal Certificate of Proficiency (EFZ)
  • Professional experience of at least 2 years in a workload of 80% in the function of caretaker:in at the time of registration for the professional examination.

            Registration for the federal professional examination is the responsibility of the course participant and must be carried out by him/her.
            The registration deadline for the professional examination is around the end of January, the examination then in October. The exact date is announced by the examination secretariat on its website.

  • Vocational trainer:in caretaker in training companies 
  • ECDL Base 
  • Emergency aid for driving licence holders or first aiders level 1, IVR
  • BLS-AED SRC Complete, or Generetic Provider 
  • Specialist permit for plant protection in special areas
  • 3 semesters if starting in April, 4 semesters if starting in October
  • 77 teaching units, or 42 days in the attendance phase
  • 479 lessons of theoretical and practical instruction in 3 or 4 semesters

Further information under: Announcement and information caretaker school

To receive a course certificate, the following points must be fulfilled:

  • Attendance of at least 80% of classes at the site assessment
  • Participation in the internal examination (professional examination simulation).

Yes you can. The federal government subsidises retroactive Private individuals who have taken the professional examination. You can find further information here.

In the two-day "internal examination", course participants prepare for the environment of the federal professional examination. We organise this exam simulation for you every June.

  • The internal examination shows you your personal level of knowledge

  • If you do not pass the Federal Vocational Examination despite having passed the "Internal Examination", you can repeat the last semester free of charge. We pay the school fees!

If, despite passing the internal examination (professional examination simulation), you do not pass the professional examination, you can repeat the failed subjects with us free of charge.

2022

  • 4-semester course Start on Monday, 24. October 2022 in Dübendorf & Friday, 28 October 2022 in Bern (professional examination in 2024)

2023

  • 3-semester course Start on Monday, 23. April 2023 in Dübendorf & Friday, 21. April 2023 in Bern (professional examination in 2024)
  • 4-semester course Start on Monday, 23October 2023 in Dübendorf & Friday, 27. October 2023 in Bern (professional examination in 2025)
 
  • 07:45 - 16:45

2022

  • 3-semester course Start on Monday 25. April 2022 in Dübendorf & Friday 29 April 2022 in Bern (professional examination in 2023)
  • 4-semester course Start on Monday 24. October 2022 in Dübendorf & Friday 28 October 2022 in Bern (professional examination in 2024)

2023

  • 3-semester course Start on Monday 23. April 2023 in Dübendorf & Friday 21. April 2023 in Bern (professional examination in 2024)
  • 4-semester course Start on Monday 23. October 2022 in Dübendorf & Friday 27. October 2022 in Bern (professional examination in 2025)
 

Teaching time:

  • 07:45 - 16:45

Announcement and information caretaker school

Federal vocational examination for caretakers

On the Homepage for the federal professional examination for caretakers, various documents can be downloaded, e.g. the guide and the regulations for the professional examination, the announcement and the registration for the professional examination as well as the examination reports of previous years.

Vocational trainers in training companies

The course is aimed at caretakers who want to train apprentices, promote young talent and increase the "attractiveness of the profession".

The vocational trainers are the most important contact persons for the learners in the company. They help the young people to keep their bearings so that they "do not go in the wrong direction". According to federal law, VET trainers must be in possession of the VET trainer course certificate for this demanding task.

Under the new examination regulations for caretakers with a federal diploma, candidates must be in possession of the course certificate for professional trainers when registering for the examination.

Course C: 

  • 26 October 2022
  • 02 November 2022
  • 09 November 2022
  • 16 November 2022
  • 23 November 2022
  • 08:15 - 16:45h

ECDL Base certificate

The FM Academy offers a compact ECDL Base course for caretakers in cooperation with an ECDL certified test centre. The four modules for the Base certificate are each covered in three half-days. The course focuses on the topics relevant to the exam and consists of 48 lessons spread over 12 evenings.

Course B: 

  • Thu 25 Aug.2022
  • Thu 01 September 2022
  • Thu 08 September 2022
  • Thu 15 September 2022
  • Thu 22 September 2022
  • Thu 29 September 2022
  • Thu 06 October 2022
  • Thu 27 October 2022
  • Thu 03 November 2022
  • Thu 10 November 2022
  • Thu 17 November 2022
  • Thu 24 November 2022

 

Course C:

  • Thu 01 December 2022
  • Thu 08 December 2022
  • Thu 15 December 2022
  • Thu 22 December 2022
  • Thu 12 December 2023
  • Thu 19 January 2023
  • Thu 26 January 2023
  • Thu 02 February 2023
  • Thu 09 February 2023
  • Thu 02 March 2023
  • Thu 09 March 2023
  • Thu 16 March 2023
  • 17:45 - 20:45h

Emergency aid and BLS-AED-SRC

For admission to the professional examination, both the emergency aid card and the BLS-AED complete card are required. We run the courses at our school in cooperation with the Zurich Unterstrass/Oberstrass Samaritan Association on our school premises.

Course C: 

  • Sat. 22 October 2022
  • Sat. 29 October 2022
 
Course D: 
  • Sat. 05 November 2022
  • Sat. 12 November 2022
  • 08:00 - 16:30

Plant protection

The professional application of plant protection products is restricted to persons in possession of the corresponding professional permit or to persons who are instructed by a professional permit holder. The course offered here provides participants with the necessary knowledge to use chemical agents professionally and to protect people and the environment from harmful effects. After passing the examination, the Federal authorisation for the use of plant protection products in special areas attained.

This professional licence is mandatory for admission to the Federal Professional Examination for Caretakers with FA. The course is offered exclusively to caretakers who are preparing for the professional examination at our school as a supplement to the course. 

NIV Art.15 Connection permit

The NIV 15 connection permit according to Art. 15 of the Ordinance on Low-Voltage Electrical Installations (NIV) authorised to connect and replace permanently connected electrical products. Now, both the caretaker with a federal diploma and any person with an EFZ with at least 3 years of professional experience are admitted to the examination. 

 

Course D 
  • 16 August 2022
  • 23 August 2022
  • 30 August 2022
  • 13 September 2022
  • 20 September 2022
  • 27 September 2022
  • 4 October 2022
Exam
  • 11 November 2022 (Fehraltorf)
  • 08:00 - 17:00

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Consulting

NIV Art. 9, 13, 14, 15, 15.4 Refresher

This further training is based on the Ordinance of the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI) on Low-Voltage Electrical Products (NIV) 2020

This further training is aimed exclusively at licence holders NIV Art. 9, 13, 14, 15, 15.4 . 

  • 8 September 2022
  • 11. November 2022
  • 17. Januar 2023
  • 8. März 2023
 
  • 08:00 - 16:30

NIV Art.15 Preparation intensive

This continuing education is based on the Ordinance of the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI) on Low-Voltage Electrical Products (NIV)) and is aimed at all professionals who want to repeat the content of the NIV Art. 15 connection permit exam and efficiently prepare for the ESTI exam.

 

  • 8 October 2022
  • 3 November 2022
 
  • 08:00 - 16:30

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NIV Art.15 Renewal course

This course is aimed at licence holders Art. 15 who took the examination before 1 January 2018 (under the old regulations) and wish to transfer their licence to another company.

Through this renewal course, you will obtain the required certificate for submission to the ESTI.

  • 10. & 11. November 2022
  • 16. & 17. Januar 2023
  • 7. & 8. März 2023
 
  • 08:00 - 16:30

NIV Art.15.4 Heating installers

This continuing education is based on the Ordinance of the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI) on Low-Voltage Electrical Products (NIV) 

This further training is aimed at professionals who want to strengthen their attractiveness as employees. You will expand your specialist knowledge and can be deployed by your employer in an even more varied manner. As a holder of a NIV Art. 15.4 licence, you will be in a strong position to negotiate wages, because caretakers with a connection licence help to significantly reduce maintenance costs. 

  • 26 October 2022
 
 Exams
  • Sat 17 Dec. 2022 (Dübendorf)
  • 08:00 - 17:00

Equipment testing according to SNR 462638

The Swiss Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI) recommends regular device testing of portable electrical work equipment. This recommendation is based on the Ordinance on the Prevention of Accidents and Occupational Diseases (VUV). To ensure that the protection of persons and property continues to function properly even after an electrical appliance has been in use for a long time, such a periodic appliance test is very important.

In a one-day course, both the standards of this equipment testing are explained and the equipment testing is practised. The course day also offers the opportunity to gain experience with measuring devices from different manufacturers.

 

  • 25 August 2022
  • 28 September 2022
  • 28 October 2022
  • 18 November 2022
  • 15 December 2022
  • 18 January 2023
 
  • 08:00 - 16:30

Saving energy in public buildings

This further training is based on the requirements of Energy Switzerland and the SIA standard 2048 "Energetiesche Betriebsotimierung".

The further training is aimed at professionals in the domestic services of larger properties.

Course C

  • 26 October 2022


Course D

  • 2 November 2022
 
  • 08:00 - 17:00

Fire protection

Test

Dates
The next course starts on 26 August 2021 and finds Online held.

  • 26 August 2021
  • 2 / 9 / 16 / 30 September 2021
  • 7 / 10 / 28 October 2021
  • 4 / 11 / 18 / 25 November 2021

Teaching time:

  • 17:30 - 20:45h

Further training

New challenges

Are you looking for challenges? Please contact our FM Academy Administration for our wide range of interesting training courses.

Subsidies

Co-financing of PET by the Confederation

Since January 2018, the federal government has been responsible for subsidising PET (SERI, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) is responsible. Course participants who take the federal professional examination for caretaker with FA can claim the federal flat-rate allowance after the examination (irrespective of the examination success). The federal flat rate is 50 % of the course fees and is paid directly to the participant of the Federal VET Diploma Examination upon proof of the paid course fees (cost unit = participant). The subsidy applies to both the Course Caretaker as well as for the courses offered by our school Courses ECDL Base and Vocational instructor. The course to obtain the plant protection licence as well as the courses in emergency aid and BLS-AED-SRC are generally excluded from subsidisation by SERI.

Exam preparation

Even if you attend another school, you can book the following educational offer with us:

Exam simulation caretaker

The two-day examination takes place in mid-June in Lenzburg. The exam consists of written, oral and practical exams (45-60 minutes each). After the exams, you will receive the complete sample solutions. The costs for the two days are CHF 800.00.

  • 15/16 June 2022 in Lenzburg
  • 08:00 - 17:00

Holiday and Lesson Plan

 

 

Lesson plan Summer semester 2022

Monday Zurich

  • ZH98: 24 March 22
  • DÜ01: 24 March 22
  • DÜ02: 18 March 22
  • DÜ03: 18.March 22
 

Friday Bern

  • BE58: 24. Juni 22
  • BE59: 24. Juni 22
  • BE60: 24. Juni 22
  • BE61: 24. Juni 22
     

Holiday schedule

2021

Holiday schedule

2022

Holiday schedule

2023