Complete professional directory of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SBFI)

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SBFI) in the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research is the competence centre of the Federal Government for national and international issues in education, research and innovation policy. But how do you keep the data up-to-date and ensure that the best possible service is provided to the public?


A central, publicly accessible database was planned as a way to map all recognised jobs and careers. The professional directory (BVZ) is intended as an intuitive and easy-to-use overview of all SBFI-recognised jobs and careers with basic vocational training (Swiss Federal Vocational Certificate, Swiss Certificate of Competence) or higher levels of vocational training (professional examination, higher professional examination). It also provides an overview of the approved framework curricula, courses of education and postgraduate courses of the higher technical colleges, as well as more detailed information about these.


The online platform is based on the programming language Groovy and the free web framework Grails. In the individual view, visitors are presented with information about the responsible bodies, the Examination Secretariat and training/qualification providers, as well as other detailed information. In addition, the BVZ provides an overview of cantonal offices of vocational training and training providers (schools) who offer recognised training courses and courses of studies. This requires a constant exchange of information to keep the data up-to-date. To this end, Paranor had agreed a development partnership with SBFI and taken on the responsibility for the project.


Paranor created a system that provides job starters and career changers with the required level of information. The online platform, which updates automatically and is linked to various systems of the Federal Government, is publicly accessible and is regarded as Switzerland’s central professional directory. The platform is designed so that it can be expanded with further functions if required and connected to additional peripheral systems.

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