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People working in the fiduciary sector advise small and medium-sized companies on issues relating to bookkeeping, accounting or financial statements, tax returns and tax planning, auditing, succession planning and property management. They also take on management functions in companies in the fiduciary and tax sectors as well as in the areas of auditing or bank auditing. Fiduciaries can also take care of the administration of social insurances. 

What courses of study and training are available in the field of finance and fiduciary services?

There are many continuing education options in the finance and fiduciary industry: As an entry into the field of finance and fiduciary, is suitable for the training course Sachbearbeiter/in Rechnungswesen. This course is offered, for example, by the commercial school KV Basel, as well as the further education course for accounting clerks edupool. The intermediate level created by edupool is aimed at people who want to continue their education in smaller stages, who want to return to professional life, or who want to familiarize themselves with a new field of knowledge.Afterwards, you can take a professional examination as a fiduciary and receive a federal certificate. If you take a higher professional examination as a certified expert in accounting and controlling or certified auditor, you will receive a federal diploma. 

Alternatively, you can take a professional examination as a fiduciary and receive a federal diploma.

Alternatively, you can also train as a Dipl. Betriebswirtschafter/in at a HF.

If you are interested in studying, you have the option of taking a bachelor's degree in business administration and majoring in financial management and fiduciary services. You can find more degree programs and courses in finance and fiduciary services in the overview below.

What are the focus areas?

Among other things, the modules accounting and valuation according to OR and FER, consolidation / taxes / social security, instruments of management consulting and instruments of business consulting are taught.

How long does it take to complete a degree or further education in the field of finance / trust?

The bachelor's degree can be completed full or part time and lasts 3 or 4 years. 

If you are aiming for, for example, a professional certificate as a fiduciary or a higher professional examination as a certified fiduciary expert, the further education takes 1-3 years. In certain cases, the duration is also given in lessons. This is the case, for example, with business schools or further education as an accounting clerk - here the duration is around 200-250 lessons. If you enroll in a college of higher education and train there as a graduate in business administration, you have to expect 2-5 years.

How much does the study, training or continuing education cost?

Depending on the educational institution, the study costs between 4,200.- and 6,000.- francs. At a private university, the cost is 45'000.- to 50'000.- francs. At a professional examination or a higher professional examination, costs can range from 5,000 to 15,000 francs. The costs for attending a higher technical college, on the other hand, vary greatly depending on the area of training and range from 10,000 to 50,000 francs. Often there are additional costs for various teaching aids.

If you want to study, you can enroll at the HSLU, ZHAW, or FHNW, among others. 

In the field of continuing education, there are also many providers, such as AKAD Zurich, KV Business School Zurich, Handelsschule KV Basel, and many more. 

What are the requirements?

Depending on the place of training, various prerequisites are necessary to be accepted into the program. Often a high school diploma and one year of work experience must be presented.

Most continuing education programs require a college degree and several years of work experience.

Vocations and careers after graduation

With a major in financial management and fiduciary services, you can work in the following career fields, among others: Finance and Accounting, External Audit / Auditing, Fiduciary, Financial Management for Small and Medium Enterprises and Consulting for Small and Medium Enterprises. You can also work for banking institutions and public administrations in accounting or fiduciary services, or run your own fiduciary office.

Wage after training in finance and trust

Depending on the degree, industry and position, the salary after graduation can range from 65,000 to 85,000 Swiss francs.

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