EMF – Fribourg / Freiburg


Ecole des Métiers / Berufsfachschule

Technique / Technik

Chemin du Musée 2 

CH-1700 Fribourg

T +41 26 305 26 27

F +41 26 305 26 28


Useful links:

Intranet / personnel
Intranet / trainees 
- Website of the State of Fribourg
- Website vocational training service


Documents :

PAM improvement proposal
APE Excerpt from EMF catalog of services as part of the State




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IT technician (FDVET) Orientation: Generalist

The initial IT technician (FDVET) course fits into the field of technical professions. It touches upon the automatic, electronic and multimedia fields and commercial professions, while remaining technical.

Developments in IT and information systems abound. Information technology (IT) has become omnipresent in all fields, from industry to services, including leisure, trade and even the arts. It has become an essential tool both for companies and individuals.

The generalist course serves to develop good skills in the main IT fields, which include application development, networks and operating systems. This opens the way to future specialisation within the framework of professional opportunities or further studies.


The role of the computer scientist is to:

  • Put into operation and ensure the operation of a diversity of IT systems (workstations, servers, network equipment, peripheral devices, Internet connection)

  • Ensure data protection

  • Develop, maintain and configure applications using different technologies (specific applications, web applications, mobiles, databases)

  • Support staff within a company in using equipment and applications


Training organization

Initial vocational training is a four-year, full-time course in a vocational school, including a final year given over to internships and project assignments with partners to gain professional experience. The course is organised in modules, with emphasis on developing operational skills within the framework of targeted practical work. Students are supervised by teachers who have gained vast professional experience in the industrial environment.


Requested skills:

  • Autonomy and resourcefulness

  • Ability to adapt to technical developments

  • Analytical skills

  • Logical and methodical mindset

  • Rigour and precision

  • Good communication skills


Training domains:

  • Web engineering

  • Application engineering

  • Data management

  • Technical software engineering

  • Procedure engineering

  • Network management

  • System management

  • IT security management

  • IT projects management


Professional perspectives / Active life

An IT technician works in a variety of sectors: firms that manufacture, assemble, install and maintain IT systems; companies that sell and maintain software; industrial firms; service companies; institutions and administrations.

For several years, the number of trained IT specialists available in the labour market has been sharply declining. According to various reliable statistics, Switzerland lacks more than 8,000 professionals in information and communication technology (ICT). Increased demand for qualified ICT personnel, combined with the reduction in the number of apprenticeships, has only widened this gulf.

Young people who are capable of training as IT specialists, and who can additionally augment their initial training course with a higher-level one, can anticipate a future career with a variety of stimulating job opportunities.


Further perspectives

  • Bachelor and Master of Science in IT, full-time or vocational

  • Bachelor and Master of Science in administrative IT, full-time or vocational

  • Federal certificate and diploma in IT in the form of modules, vocational

  • Technical university diploma in IT, technical IT or IT and telecommunications, full-time or vocational

  • Diploma in administrative IT, full-time or vocational



  • Can I take the IT technician (FDVET) course without taking the technical federal baccalaureate course? > Yes, it is possible, but vocational baccalaureate classes are offered to all students beginning in the first semester. A student who passes the first semester can stop the vocational baccalaureate lessons, but will still be entitled to take lessons, notably German and English.

  • Can I start a course in a company and join lessons midway in the EMF-IT section? > In theory, no, because the EMF accepts a limited number of students and because ours is a modular system.

  • What are the opportunities for lifelong learning? > In the IT field, improvement courses are available in many forms, and there are a number of educational offers from software providers, application providers, different associations and training providers. To develop a wide professional base, we encourage students to take a course that leads to a certificate (federal certificate or diploma). Most of our students start a higher-level course in a specialised school shortly thereafter.

  • I am interested in taking on a fourth-year student as an intern in my company...> Regardless of whether or not your company is accredited to train interns, that’s great! Contact us to talk about it!

  • I have a contract to submit...> We will be happy to discuss your project and to assess whether it can be considered by our EMF-IT structure. Contact us to talk about it!