NIV ART. 15

Basic & Further Training
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Further training

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Caretaker with federal certificate of competence

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This preliminary course is a further education

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.

 

 

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

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 following certificates are 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

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

What does the further training cost?

The further education costs amount to CHF 10'260.- or in instalments: 

  • 3 semesters : CHF 4500.-/3000.-/3000.
  • 4 semesters: CHF 3770.-/2270.-/2270.-
    The costs include teaching materials (which are handed out in full at the beginning of the training), Open Academy, assessment, exam simulation, training certificate.
  • The invoices are to be paid at the beginning of each semester.
  • Additional costs
    Federal professional examination (external) Fr. 2'250.-

Will I get a certificate of continuing education?

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

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

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.

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

Sollten Sie trotz bestandener „Interner Prüfung“ (Berufsprüfungssimulation) die Berufsprüfung nicht bestehen, können Sie bei uns die nicht bestandenen Fächer unentgeltlich repetieren.

Exam preparation

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. You will find further information here.

Lessons are usually held from 7.45 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. on Mondays in Dübendorf and on Fridays in Urtenen-Schönbühl. The current holiday and lesson plan can be found in the submenu for further training for caretakers.

2023

  • 4-semester course Start on Monday, 23October 2023 in Dübendorf & Friday, 27. October 2023 in Urtenen-Schönbühl (professional examination in 2025)

2024

  • 3-semester course Start on Monday, 15. April 2024 in Dübendorf & Friday, 19. April 2024 in Urtenen-Schönbühl (professional examination in 2025)
  • 4-semester course Start on Monday, 21October 2024 in Dübendorf & Friday, 25. October 2024 in Urtenen-Schönbühl (professional examination in 2026)

Lesson plan Summer semester 2023

Monday Dübendorf

  • DÜ02: 21. Juni 23
  • DÜ03: 21. Juni 23
  • DÜ04: 8. Mai 23
  • DÜ05: 8. Mai 23
 

Friday Urtenen-Schönbühl

  • BE60: 19. Juni 23
  • BE61: 19. Juni 23
  • BE62: 2. Mai 23
  • BE63: 2. Mai 23
 

Holiday plans 

Holiday schedule 2023

Holiday schedule 2024

Holiday schedule 2025

Lesson plan Wintersemester 2023/2024

Monday Dübendorf

  • DÜ04: 11. September 23
  • DÜ05: 11. September 23
  • DÜ05: 11. September 23
 

Friday Urtenen-Schönbühl

  • BE62: 11. September 23
  • BE63: 11. September 23
  • BE64: 11. September 23
 

 30. November in Dübendorf |         

7. Dezember in Urtenen-Schönbühl 

jeweils von 17:30 – 19:00 Uhr

Experience building technology live with a tour of our engine
Room and get to know our offer.

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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 24. April 2023 in Dübendorf & Friday 28. April 2023 in Urtenen-Schönbühl (professional examination in 2024)
  • 4-semester course Start on Monday 23. October 2023 in Dübendorf & Friday 27. October 2023 in Urtenen-Schönbühl (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.

Exam preparation

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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.

This offer is free of charge and part of the training (= internal examination) for participants of the further training for caretakers with federal certificate at the FM Academy.

The two-day internal examination will take place from 8.00 - 17.00.

  • 12./13. Juni 2024 in Lenzburg

Vocational trainers in training companies

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Mechanics training

VET trainers are the most important contact persons for learners in the company. According to federal law, VET trainers must hold 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 instructor certificate when registering for the examination.

We are currently no longer offering courses. Find your suitable course under:

www.berufsbildner.ch

www.berufsbildner.ch

ECDL Base certificate

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The FM Academy offers a compact ECDL Base course for caretakers in cooperation with an ECDL certified test centre. The course focuses on the topics relevant to the exam and consists of 48 lessons spread over 12 evenings. The course is currently only available online.

The European Certificate of Digital Literacy is mandatory for admission to the Federal Vocational Examination for Caretaker FA.

Classes are held from 17.30 - 20.45 each day.

  • Kursdaten folgen demnächst

Emergency aid and BLS-AED-SRC

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CPR - Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

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

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. each day.

  • Saturday, 28 October & 04 November 2023
 
 
First Aider Level 1 IVR (2-day course)
 

www.redcross-edu.ch/de/ersthelfer-stufe-1-ivr-refresher

Registration takes place directly via the Samaritan Association or the Red Cross.

Plant protection

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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

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NIV 15

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. 

Those who are admitted to the examination are:
a. has completed an education (vocational, higher technical or university education)
or has at least five years' lawful experience in electrical installation work requiring a licence; and
b. at least 56 lessons of 50 minutes each in Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering, Safe Handling
with electricity, installation regulations and standards, installation control and metrology
as well as connection technology and material science according to the appendix with a qualified instructor.
2 Anyone who holds a federal certificate of proficiency as an "EFZ electrician" is also admitted to the examination.
3 Finally, anyone who holds a federal certificate of proficiency in a
has another profession, provided that according to the applicable education ordinance (BiVo) or the education plan in the training at least 200 lessons in the field of electrical engineering/electrical theory
must be visited.
4 The examination board decides whether the admission requirements have been met.

see also:

NIV tests - Swiss Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations ESTI (admin.ch)

For the course as well as for the exam, own measuring devices are required, which cost extra and can be ordered at the beginning of the course, if not already available.

The examination fee at ESTI is CHF 1200.

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. each day.

Course C:

  • 24 October 2023
  • 31 October 2023
  • 07 November 2023
  • 14 November 2023
  • 21 November 2023

Learning break

  • 05 December 2023
  • 12 December 2023

2024

Course A

  • 05. März 2024
  • 12. März 2024
  • 19. März 2024
  • 26. März 2024
  • 02. April 2024
  • 09. April 2024

Learning break

  • 30. April 2024

Course B

  • 24. Mai 2024
  • 31. Mai 2024
  • 07. Juni 2024
  • 14. Juni 2024
  • 21. Juni 2024
  • 28. Juni 2024

Learning break

  • 19. Juli 2024

Course registration

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Consulting

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

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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 . 

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. each day.

  • 20 October 2023
  • 13. Februar 2024
 

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. each day.

  • 17 November 2023
 
 

NIV Art.15 Preparation intensive

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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.

Course registration

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Course registration

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Course registration

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Employer address different from participant address
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Course registration

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Course registration

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Employer address different from participant address
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NIV Art.15 Renewal course

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NIV 15

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.

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. each day.

  • in planning
 

NIV Art.15.4 Heating installers

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NIV 15

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 professionals who want to strengthen their attractiveness as employees. You will expand your specialist knowledge and can be deployed by your employer in even more diverse ways. As a holder of the NIV Art. 15.4 licence, you will be in a strong position for wage negotiations, because caretakers with the connection licence make a significant contribution to reducing maintenance costs. 

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. each day. Ein separater Prüfungstermin wird individuell vereinbart.

Course C:

  • 24 October 2023
  • 31 October 2023
  • 07 November 2023
  • 14 November 2023
  • 21 November 2023

Learning break

  • 05 December 2023
  • 12 December 2023

2024

Course A

  • 05. März 2024
  • 12. März 2024
  • 19. März 2024
  • 26. März 2024
  • 02. April 2024
  • 09. April 2024

Learning break

  • 30. April 2024

Course B

  • 24. Mai 2024
  • 31. Mai 2024
  • 07. Juni 2024
  • 14. Juni 2024
  • 21. Juni 2024
  • 28. Juni 2024

Learning break

  • 19. Juli 2024

Equipment testing according to SNR 462638

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Equipment testing

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.

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. each day.

  • 22 September 2023
  • 16. Januar 2024
  • 17. Mai 2024
 

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. each day.

  • 27. März 2024
 

Saving energy in public buildings

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This further training is based on the requirements of Energy Switzerland and on the SIA standard 2048 "Energetic operational optimisation" and is aimed at professionals in the building services of larger properties.

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. each day.

  • 20 September 2023

Classes are held from 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. each day.

  • Termine folgen demnächst
 

Fire protection

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Students in the classroom

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

Additional offers for further education

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New challenges

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

Subsidies

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Co-financing of PET by the Confederation

For the Subsidy Since January 2018, the Confederation (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.

Lesson plan Summer semester 2023

Monday Dübendorf

  • DÜ02: 21. Juni 23
  • DÜ03: 21. Juni 23
  • DÜ04: 8. Mai 23
  • DÜ05: 8. Mai 23
 

Friday Urtenen-Schönbühl

  • BE60: 19. Juni 23
  • BE61: 19. Juni 23
  • BE62: 2. Mai 23
  • BE63: 2. Mai 23
 

Holiday plans 

Holiday schedule 2023

Holiday schedule 2024

Holiday schedule 2025

Lesson plan Wintersemester 2023/2024

Monday Dübendorf

  • DÜ04: 11. September 23
  • DÜ05: 11. September 23
  • DÜ05: 11. September 23
 

Friday Urtenen-Schönbühl

  • BE62: 11. September 23
  • BE63: 11. September 23
  • BE64: 11. September 23
 

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